The Queen stage of this years’ Tour de France was won by Christophe Riblon. Froome gained time on most rivals.
Two times the riders had to climb Alpe d’Huez and such a stage will go into the history books. Riders who are not interesting for the general classification this year, have in such a stage a good chance to ride themselves into the picture.
Riblon in the history books
And so it happened that good riders who, because of injuries or bad shape didn’t contend for the first three spots in Paris, attacked fanatically on stage 18.