Team INEOS rider Egan Bernal of Colombia, wearing the white jersey for best young rider, finishes. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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as Alaphilippe hangs onto yellow jerseyNairo Quintana won the 18th stage, a 208-kilometer trek at high altitude from Embrun, but all eyes were on the battle for the title, as his fellow Colombian Bernal powered away from a reduced pack about 2 kilometers from the top of the Col du Galibier with his rivals unable to respond.His advantage quickly rose to 43 seconds, but an attack from his Ineos team mate, Geraint Thomas, dented his lead while Frenchman Thibaut Pinot then reined in the defending champion with most of the other favorites on his wheel.Pinot is in fifth position, 1:50 adrift of Alaphilippe.Pinot, who was the in-form rider in the Pyrenees, could not follow Bernal, but found the strength to catch Thomas at the end of the 23-kilometer climb up the Galibier, which stands 2,642 meters above sea level.
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