Marcus Burghardt won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, beating Quick Step’s Carlos Barredo in a final kilometer chess match that bore more resemblance to a match-sprint on the velodrome than the end of a 196.5 mile road race.
The two joined forces early in the day and cooperated until the final ten kilometers. At that point the two could afford to risk the benefits of cooperation as they enjoyed a healthy 4:50 lead over a group of three chasers and nearly 10 minutes on the peloton.
CSC’s Carlos Sastre finished in the field, with no challenges to his hold on the yellow jersey, maintaining his lead in a tight GC race that will likely be settled in Saturday’s 53km time trial.
Results – Stage 18
1. Marcus Burghardt (GER), Team Columbia, 196.5km in 4h30min 21sec
2. Carlos Barredo (ESP), Quick Step at 0:00
3. Romain Feillu (FRA), Agritubel at 3:33
4. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA), Credit Agricole at 3:33
5. Mikel Astarloza (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 3:35
6. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA), Cofidis at 6:39
7. Cyril Dessel (FRA), Ag2r at 6:39
8. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas at 6:39
9. Leif Hoste (BEL), Silence-Lotto at 6:39
10. Andy Schleck (LUX), CSC at 6:39
1. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC at 79:16min14sec
2. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC at 1:24
3. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 1:33
4. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 1:34
5. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 2:39
6. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 4:41
7. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 5:35
8. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 5:52
9. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r at 8:10
10. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS), Ag2r at 8:24