Stage 18 of the Tour de France features more action in the Alps.

first_imgThe riders will have to negotiate six categorised climbs today including the Hors Category ascent of the Col du Glandon.Team Sky’s Chris Froome remains in the yellow jersey with a lead of more than three minutes.However the Irish contingent has been reduced to two after Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett was forced to retire from the race yesterday having endured a tough debut in one of the world’s toughest sporting events. The 24 year old Bora Argon 18 sprinter said he had nothing left having been ill before and during the three week event – he had been passing blood for the last number of days and developed a virus on Tuesday’s rest day.last_img