The Tour de France rides through the high Pyrenees with the yellow jersey on the line before the finale in Paris.

2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
The final week of the 2018 Tour de France started with stage 16 climbing over the slopes of several category 4 climbs, through endless sunflower fields, and into Spain before hitting the last climb of the Col du Portillon. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
Adam Yates (Michelton-Scott) animated the race on the eight-kilometer climb of the Col du Portillon before the tricky descent into Bagnères-de-Luchon. BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
The polka dot jersey Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) gave hard chase to the escapee Adam Yates and was able to take the lead on the descent from the Col du Portillon when Yates crashed. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
Post-rest day, the riders took every opportunity to secure podium positions and stage wins early in the last week. Best young rider Pierre LaTour (Ag2r) charged up the Col du Portillon after the race leaders Yates and Alaphilippe. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
The yellow jersey group rode comfortably up the last climb on stage 16 nearly 10 minutes behind the breakaway riders. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
The race entered the Pyrénées for the final week — resplendent with tons of Basque and international fans cheering the riders on along the roadside. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) took his second Tour win in Bagnères-de-Luchon. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
The favorites crossed the line in Bagnéres-de-Luchon expressing solidarity and teamwork. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) managed to cross the finish line on stage 16 despite suffering multiple contusions and a fractured left knee. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 16
Before going to the nearby hospital, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) took the prize for most combative in Bagnères-de-Luchon. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Fans waited patiently atop the Col du Portet on stage 17 – an explosively short 65km mountain stage finishing on an hors categorie climb in Saint-Lary-Soulan. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
As the front of the race neared the top of the Col du Portet, fans scanned the far slopes for signs of the solo escapee and the race helicopter through the dense fog. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Movistar’s Nairo Quintana appeared in the mountain mist as the lone race leader in the last kilometers of stage 17. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Having taken the chance to escape from the maillot jaune group on the base of the Col du Portet, Nairo Quintana managed to stay clear with less than one kilometer to go. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Dan Martin (UAE) came up the last 500 meters 30 seconds behind Quintana. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took his first win of the 2018 Tour in cloudy conditions atop the Col du Portet. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Irishman Dan Martin (UAE) showed the signs of a hard day in the saddle as he crossed the line in second place on stage 17. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) lead the reduced yellow jersey group up the last meters of the climb pushing Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) to the limit. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky) suffered on the final climb of stage 17 and did not manage to keep pace with the maillot jaune group. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Another stage seemed to further secure Geraint Thomas’s lead in the yellow jersey prior to Paris. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Chris Froome (Sky) and Mikel Landa (Movistar) crested the final climb in Saint-Lary-Soulan. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 17
Luxembourger Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) kept his place hovering near top 10 as he greeted teammate and maillot a pois Julian Alaphilippe. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
Stage 18 resumed in the Hautes Pyrénées with a day of rolling hills and small villages before a sprint in Pau. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
The peloton snaked its way through the colorful village of Maubourguet. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
Serious injuries related to a crash on stage 17 took Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) out of sprint contention on stage 18 leaving Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) to win on the line in Pau. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
Grimacing as he rode behind the podium, Peter Sagan belied how much he suffered from the previous day’s injuries. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
Arnaud Demare (Groupama) celebrated his win in Pau all the way back to the podium. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
Lawson Craddock continued his brave journey to Paris having inspired many with his determination to finish the race despite his crash on stage 1. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
Demare enjoyed the podium spotlight in Pau on stage 18. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 18
Peter Sagan continued his reign in green having banked enough sprint points earlier in the race. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Stage 19 started in Lourdes at the pilgrimage holy site of the Basilica of Notre-Dame du Rosaire. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Chris Froome surveyed the scene around him at the sign-on stage in the heart of Lourdes. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
The polka-dot jersey lined up at the start line for yet another Pyrénéan mountain stage leading to the Col d’Aubisque. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
The start in Lourdes passed through the narrow alleys of the city where Catholic vendors lined the streets. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
As the race neared the final climb of the Col d’Aubisque, moto gendarmes stopped by the dozens to capture a glimpse of the majestic scenery for themselves. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Once again dense fog swooped in before the front of the race in the high Pyrénées as fans tried to see through the white out. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) made a gutsy solo escape on the last kilometers of the Col d’Aubisque as he rode through the corridor of fans near the summit. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) continued to impress on stage 19 when he and Romain Bardet chased the breakaway riders up the Ausbique. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Chris Froome took on a new role in the last week of the Tour working as a domestique for teammate and yellow jersey Geraint Thomas. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) tore down the descent of the Col d’Aubisque in hopes of staying clear with 20km to the finish in Laruns. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) led the yellow jersey group over the summit and onto the long descent of the Aubisque. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Navigating the last big mountain descent on the last mountain stage of the 2018 Tour would prove to be the final decisive moment for the yellow jersey wearer. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Julian Alaphiliipe tackled the last kilometer of the Aubisque with Michel Kwiatkowski amid cheers and applause from fans. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
The riders continued to descend into the fog and cooler air of the backside of the Aubisque. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Barring any major missteps or crashes into Laruns, Alaphilippe all but secured his place on the Paris podium. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Maillot vert Peter Sagan made it over the Aubisque as a crowd favorite, despite injuries to his entire right side from earlier in the week. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 19
Taylor Phinney (EF Education First) crashed on stage 19, hit a tree and broke his nose. He was the last rider over the Col du Aubisque, as he scrambled to make the time cut on the 200.km stage. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 20 TT
The 31km individual time trial through the Pyrénées Atlantiques region was a tricky technical undulating course. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 20 TT
Michel Kwiatkowski briefly held the best time on the ITT to Espelette but was outdone by his two teammates Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas and the eventual stage winner, the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 20 TT
Chris Froome put his time trialing skills to the test but failed to topple the the time of Tom Dumoulin. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 20 TT
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) raced to maintain his second place podium spot for Paris but was no match for the likes of time trial experts Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 20 TT
Decked out in world champion rainbow colors, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) breezed through the technical time trial course to win the stage. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 20 TT
Geraint Thomas reached the halfway mark on the TT course surrounded by the characteristic entourage of the yellow jersey bearer. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 20 TT
The maillot jaune rode a solid time trial coming in only 14 seconds behind the stage winner, Tom Dumoulin. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
After a grueling month of searing heat and sun, the race finally reached the streets of Paris under cooler skies and cloud cover. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
In his grand denouement, Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) made a solo escape on the cobblestone streets of the Champs Elysées – the last day of his last Tour de France. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Team Sky brought the yellow jersey home to Paris on the way to win number five for the team. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Having survived the last week of battles through the high mountains stages and recovering from a crash, Peter Sagan arrived on the Parisian parcours. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
The Patrouille Acrobatique de France performed their customary flyover with the colors of the French flag as the race headed toward the Arc de Triomphe. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Riders jockeyed for positions near the front of the peloton during the eight laps on the Champs Elysées. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
The maillot jaune took a corner near the Place de la Concorde on the Champs Elysées. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
The Bora-Hangrohe train began to form in support of Peter Sagan for the final sprint. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Julian Alaphilippe made a late-race attack to get free of the group during lap six. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
The chase was on to bring the breakaway back in as the race neared the last laps. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
It was a “dream come true” for maillot jaune Geraint Thomas as he rode trough Paris in the winner’s jersey. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
The breakaway was caught in the last lap leaving the sprint wide open for the remaining sprinters in the peloton. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Bora-Hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo were the leading sprinters’ teams to solidify their trains at the front of the bunch. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Alexander Kristoff stole the show in Paris after a failed attempt by Yves Lampaert was brought back in at 200 meters to go. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
After numerous misses in the 2018 Tour sprints, the Norwegian proved his prowess in Paris. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Alexander Kristoff relished his win in Paris surrounded by Norwegian media. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Chris Froome smiled with the 2018 Tour de France champion and teammate Geraint Thomas as they crossed the line in Paris. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Green jersey Peter Sagan took a few moments alone after the finish in Paris, having maintained his podium spot but failing to contest the final sprint. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
The final Team Sky photo scrum formed under the finish banner in Paris. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Win number six for Team Sky. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Alaphilippe and Yves Lampaert embraced after the finale in Paris. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
the BMC squad shared a group moment having been through the loss of team leader Richie Porte and the highs of Greg Van Avermaet’s stint in the yellow jersey. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Laswon Craddock looked visibly relieved to call it quits in Paris – having raised $195k for the Alkek Velodrome in Houston, which was flooded and damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Peter Sagan took the stage as six-time green jersey winner. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Julian Alaphilippe celebrated in the polka dots on the Champs Elysées. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Geraint Thomas enjoyed the spoils of being the 2018 Tour de France winner. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Team Sky had first and third places in Paris alongside the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
Movistar took team honors in Paris once again. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
2018 Tour de France - Stage 21
The 2018 Tour de France jersey line-up: Piere LaTour (Ag2r La Mondiale), Geraint Thomas (Sky), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step), and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com