"I flew into the forest, like a bird".
Peter Sagan has three wins and the points jersey - it's mathematically impossible for him not to - and also bad road rash after a serious crash.
Sagan told reporters that he misjudged a corner as he came down the second descent.
Kangert went over the top of the Montee de Peyragudes with the trio of Alaphilippe, Herrada, and Durasek followed by a group that consisted of Alejandro Valverde, Marc Soler (Movistar), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) Dani Navarro, Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Dani Martinez (EF-Drapac), and Omar Fraile (Astana), with the peloton behind as Nairo Quintana, who suffered two punctures on the first climb but was back on easily. "But when I got back to the hotel and was showed the pictures it was obviously something else".
One fan who reached over the barriers almost took Thomas down Wednesday. He has some cuts, some scrapes, a torn jersey.
Knowing his Tour was most likely over, Gilbert's effort to continue for another 60km was either incredibly gutsy or incredibly ill-advised.
On a warm day in southern France, Stage 18 took riders through the vineyards of Madiran to the city of Pau, the birthplace of 16th-century king Henri IV.
"It would be good to just keep on doing what we've been doing". "It could be worse".
"They are two very different things", he said.
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"I definitely felt it". I think the last final (climb) will be down to the legs.
"But obviously having Froomey at my disposal, so to speak, is just phenomenal".
"The best answer I could give Andre Greipel was to win today", said Demare. "But he rode away from us on a straight stretch and I was fully sprinting and couldn't get one metre closer".
However, while he hopes his colleague will be able to contend himself, Thomas knows Froome's help from third place could be vital.
Chris Froome on Wednesday crashed following the brutally hard 17th stage of the Tour de France after police mistook him for a fan on the way down the mountain. Team Sky's Tom Dumoulin is now in second place.
Thomas will at least have the support of four-time victor Froome, who admitted he was now riding for his friend and team-mate after he lost time during Wednesday's 17th stage, falling to third.
It was a brutal day for the defending champion, who started stage 17 in second place overall, but finished in third, two minutes and 31 seconds behind Thomas.
In many ways Team Sky's high tempo style of catenaccio climbing suits riders like Thomas, Dumoulin and Roglic with their highly refined power-to-weight ratios, while it dissuades the more explosive climbers, such as Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet.