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Tour de France live - Stage 18: Does Buchmann attack the yellow jersey?

2:14 minutes Emanuel Buchmann is currently behind Julian Alaphilippe back. On the 18th stage, also known as the queen stage, an attack on the yellow jersey could take place. Reigning champion Geraint Thomas is also waiting for an attack. The Tour de France in the live ticker.

14:21: New record of Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin). The German drove in the descent of the Col de vars with 101.5 km / h - amazing! Also Niklas Arndt was extremely fast with 98.5 km / h.

14.18: Greg van Avermaet attacks in the top flight. Is Bradley Wiggins right? He had predicted a victory attempt by the Belgian.

14:16: Bennett is back in the peloton and brings water bottles for the teammates. The Jumbo-Visma team is looking forward to that.

14.15: Behind the peloton, the runaway chase of the fallen Bennett is almost ended by a car and a motorcycle. The fast-moving New Zealander brakes but on time and then continues his ride.

14:11: The projection of the escape group melts something, because they are in contrast to the peloton already in the rise. 7:15 is the distance currently.

14:09: Niklas Arndt lets himself fall behind and ends his short solo trip.

Tour de France: Arndt as a soloist at the top

14.07 clock: What does Niklas Arndt intend to do? His team Sunweb plays no role in the overall standings, so that he can only look for a stage win or the mountain jersey.

14.02 clock: The German rider is the first to reach the Col d'Izoard, which is 14.1 kilometers long. 7.3 percent is on average upwards.

14.01 clock: At the top, Niklas Arndt has deposed and rides 20 seconds ahead of the leading group as a soloist.

13:57: Nicolas Roche (Sunweb) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) fell after clashing. Both get back on the bike, but Bennett holds his hip.

13.55: What's in it for Emanuel Buchmann? Eurosport expert Andreas Schulz trusts the Germans a lot - even the tour victory? He reveals that in an interview with FOCUS Online.

13.50 clock: shock moment with Quintana teammate Verona! The Spaniard almost crashes, but can just keep himself on the bike. Lucky for Movistar.

1:48 pm: Currently the field is in the downhill. 16 kilometers downhill.

1:44 pm: 7:30 minutes, the escape group has now driven out on the peloton. Quintana is virtually in fifth place, overtaking Buchmann and Bernal.

13:42: The mountain classification at Col de Vars at a glance:

1. Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 10 points
2. Bardet (Ag2R) 8 points
3. Lutsenko (Astana) 6 points
4th Quintana (Movistar) 4 points
5. De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) 2 points
6. Rossetto (Cofidis) 1 point

13:38: Wellens wins the mountain classification at Col de Vars and takes ten points! He has 74 in total. Bardet remains eight points in second, putting him at 26. Is he waiting for the jersey at the end of the stage?

13:37: Wellens goes forward and hopes for easy points. Bardet remains at his rear wheel.

Tour de France: Wellens lurking on mountain points - wants Quintana yellow?

13:33: There are ten points in this rating for the winner. Compared to the two later climbs, which each bring 40 points, but these are peanuts.

13:29: 2.5 kilometers are still there for the top group up to the mountain classification. The man in the mountain jersey, Tim Wellens, will want to secure the points there. He can count on the help of his teammates Tiesj Benoot and Jasper De Buyst.

13:22: With a lead of 6:28 minutes, the pace in the escape group is rather moderate. There are still four kilometers to the mountain classification. A half-hearted escape from the front by Mikael Chérel (Ag2R) is immediately countered.

1:20 pm: Bora-Hansgrohe has no driver at the front - that would have been one of the tasks of Maximilian Schachmann. So Emanuel Buchmann will later have no relay station available.

13:15: The lead is now constant at six minutes. Also in the lead is a rider from Quickstep and Team Ineos and two from Jumbo-Visma. These are the teams of Alaphilippe, Bernal and Thomas as well as Steven Kruiswijk.

13.07 clock: The leading group is with just under six minutes ahead in the rise to the Col de Vars. At 2109 meters this mountain is crossed.

13:04: Virtually Quintana is already in seventh place of the classification because his group drives five and a half minutes before the peloton. He has overtaken at least currently also Landa and Valverde. What is Movistar planning?

Tour de France: 35 men in the breakaway group - five minutes ahead

1:00 pm: Immediately it goes in the steep part of the climb to Col de Vars, a mountain of the 1st category. 9.3 kilometers it goes on average 7.5 percent slope upwards.

12:57: The lead has exceeded the five-minute mark.

12:53: The gap between the peloton with the favorites and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Qickstep) and the big group at the front is more than four and a half minutes. The peloton had just stopped for water.

12:50: The leader of the mountain classification, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), is also part of the top group. He says "some luck and good legs" to defend the polka-dot jersey before the stage.

12:48: The view of Germans in the escape group is very pleasing. With Lennard Kämna, Niklas Arndt (both Sunweb), Simon Geschke (CCC) and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) are four men in front.

12:46: Three and a half minutes are already. Virtually, Quintana is already in tenth place.

12:43: The lead is growing rapidly and is already over two minutes. Back, Caleb Ewan made it back to the plodding peloton.

12:40: The field takes out speed and leaves the 34 drivers away. This gives us the (very large) escape group of the day.

12:35: Movistar captain Quintana has already fallen behind the yellow jersey nine and a half minutes. His team-mates Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde are clearly ahead with about five minutes. Will Quintana and the other two Movistar drivers serve as relays?

12:32: Among the numerous riders in the top group are Romain Bardet (Ag2r) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). However, the group is only 19 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Tour de France: De Buyst wins sprint classification - still no breakaway group

12:28: Around 25 riders are now at the top of the intermediate sprint. It wins Jasper de Buyst (Lotto Soudal) in front of the German Niklas Arndt (Sunweb), who still receives 17 points. The winner gets 20 points credited.

12:25: Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) fell into the ditch, where Wout Poels (Team Ineos) also landed. The Dutchman is back on the bike and chases after the peloton.

12:23: Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) is now in the top four. The advantage over the main group is minimal.

12:22: Offredo is already clearly behind the field, which sets an extreme pace. This will be tough for the last overall.

12:20: In five kilometers follows the sprint classification of today. After that, a breakaway could form, because the sprinters should then lose interest in a fast pace.

12.18: Again and again, other drivers try to break away, but do not get away right. Even the quartet in front has only 10 seconds ahead.

12:14: Adam Yates, Daryl Impey (both Mitchelton-Scott) and Lennard Kämna (Sunweb) and Lutsenko are just ahead of the field. They have about 15 seconds advantage.

12:11: Also Lutsenko is almost overtaken, the field is together again.

12.08 clock: Perrichon ends his escape attempt and falls behind. Lutsenko tries to continue as a soloist, but it will not be long.

Tour de France: Main field can not drive a fugitive group yet

12:04: But nobody can really get out of the peloton. Even the duo at the top leaves the field so far not drive away.

12.00: The lead of the two leaders has grown to 20 seconds. Some more drivers try to follow suit.

11:57: The pursuers are caught and Perrichon and Lutsenko are only about ten seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Offredo meanwhile is back in the peloton.

11:55: A few drivers have set out for the persecution of Lutsenko and Perrichon - do they form the escape group of the day with the duo?

11:52: Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Gobert) has to be demolished. He seems extremely battered - whether he will make it to the finish in the waiting period? After all, the jury raised it by seven minutes and justified this with the difficult conditions.

11.49 clock: Alexei Lutsenko (Astana) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (Cofidis) take a break and are the first to climb the mountains. That gives two points for the Kazakh and one for the Frenchman.

11.47 clock: On the first mountain, which only counts to the 3rd category, some riders fall out of the field. 3.9 kilometers, it goes up there 5.2 percent.

11.44 clock: If Sagan will try again? He certainly speculates on the intermediate sprint after 45 kilometers.

Tour de France: First attacks from the field fizzle

11.41 clock: The first attacks from the field fizzle. Who can bring themselves to the escape group? The top riders today will look very closely who drives in front. A first group with Peter Sagan is caught up again.

11:39: Also Sören Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) is no longer there, but gave up himself. According to team doctor Anko Boelens, the Dane has "sore". Ouch.

11:33: Two riders are out of the game: Tony Martin and Luke Rowe. The German cut off the British on Thursday the way, which then suggested a strike against Martin. This punished the race commissioners with the conclusion of both drivers of the Tour de France. Even an objection brought nothing more.

11:27: The stage is released, the drivers leave the neutralization.

11.00 clock: Welcome to the live ticker of FOCUS Online for the 18th stage of the Tour de France. The fight for the yellow jersey could come to a head on the so-called queen stage.

Now it is in the fight for the overall victory at the 106th Tour de France. Three heavy alpine stages await the grand finale in Paris. The section on this Thursday (11:25 am / One and Eurosport) is considered a queen stage, three mountains with more than 2000 meters altitude are overcome. The favorites to last year's winner Geraint Thomas and the German Emanuel Buchmann are finally required.

Tour de France: defending champion Thomas and Bernal are among the favorites

Stage: The 208-kilometer stretch from Embrun to Valloire begins gently with a section of the third category, but at the latest from kilometer 74 begins the wild up and down. First, it goes to the Col de Vars (2109 meters), later also wait for the Col d'Izoard (2360 meters) and the legendary Col du Galibier. Of the 2645-meter-high giant, it is 19 kilometers long only downhill to the finish.

favorites: Briton Thomas and his Colombian co-captain Egan Bernal have not shown the usual dominance of Team Ineos (formerly Sky). For the Tour victory, the duo has to increase significantly. The French Tourmalet winner Thibaut Pinot and Steven Krujswijk and Buchmann are among the favorites. Whether the Galibier is already attacked, is open, finally waiting after the crossing nor a rapid descent.

Tour de France: Attacks Buchmann Alaphilippe?

Yellow jersey: Can France's favorite Julian Alaphilippe once again defend the "Maillot Jaune"? The 27-year-old calls the Alps a "huge challenge" and is actually not at home in the high mountains. His advantage over pursuer Thomas is 1:35 minutes, which can be gone very fast on difficult stages.

German: The 26-year-old Buchmann, with his two fourth places in the Pyrenees, has nurtured hopes that this tour could still lead to a German stage victory. An own attack of the Ravensburgers is not to be expected on Thursday. For the remaining German drivers, it should only go one thing: to survive the Alpine agony without damage.

Video: Mountain biker jumps the bike over the peloton

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