The 2010 Tour de France Stage 18 results came after a big day. But the 2010 Tour de France Stage 18 results weren’t expected to change the Tour de France too much. It appears that Alberto Contador is set to finish Andy Schleck off this weekend, after he finished second to Schleck yesterday. Therefore, today had the two leaders hold back, while the sprinters dominated the action. They had a jersey of their own to decide, as the green jersey is still up for grabs. With the 2010 Tour de France Stage 18 results, Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi were the big winners.
Heading into the third-to-last day of racing, Thor Hushovd was clinging to a four-point lead in the green jersey race. Alessandro Petacchi was trailing, while Mark Cavendish was still in third place. Today, the lead changed once again, although the stage winner stayed where he is.
The 2010 Tour de France Stage 18 results were Cavendish’s fourth stage-win of the year, which leads the Tour. However, he is still stuck in third place in the green jersey standings behind the new leader. Petacchi leaped ahead of Hushovd again, perhaps for good this time.
With two days left, Petacchi has 213 green points, while Hushovd has 203, and Cavendish has 197. The 2010 Tour de France Stage 18 results may have locked this order up, since tomorrow is a time trial and Sunday is the celebratory final day.
Once again, heading into the last weekend of the event, it seems much has been decided already. Contador held onto an eight-second lead over Schleck again, although the margin is expected to get bigger tomorrow. No one figured that the 2010 Tour de France Stage 18 results would alter those standings, but tomorrow’s likely will.
The time trial stage heavily favored Contador, so Schleck needed the lead back yesterday, but he did not get it. Therefore, although the race still appears close, according to the standings, the eight-second deficit is misleading. By the end of Stage 19, most expect Contador to finally put Schleck away, and have a sizable lead for Sunday’s finale.
Following the 2010 Tour de France Stage 18 results, the weekend is set for Contador, Petacchi, and mountain leader Anthony Charteau to be the big winners. Saturday’s time trial may be part one of Contador’s coronation, with Sunday’s arrival at the Champs-Elysees as part two.
Yahoo Sport- “Overall Time Standings: Stage 18”
Telegraph- “Tour de France 2010: Mark Cavendish wins his fourth stage”