Michal Kwiatkowski wins Tour stage to bring some relief for Ineos
- Primoz Roglic retains yellow jersey for Jumbo-Visma
- Ineos chief Dave Brailsford had come under fire
Emotions were running high at the Tour de France as a tearful Michal Kwiatkowski of Ineos Grenadiers took his first Grand Tour victory, while the overall leader Primoz Roglic asked fans to think of him as a “nice person”.
Kwiatkowski was effectively gifted the stage 18 win in La Roche-sur-Foron by his teammate Richard Carapaz, the reigning Giro d’Italia champion, after the pair left their final breakaway companion Pello Bilbao (Bahrain–McLaren) on the approach to the final climb, across the Plateau des Glieres, and rode on together to the finish.