2016 Tour de France – Stage 18

Sallanches – Megève (ITT)-17 km

The climbing continued Thursday at the Tour de France.

For Brent, the 17-kilometer uphill time trial was a chance to rest and recover a bit from a hard day of climbing in the Alps after Tuesday’s second rest day.

“It was just one big climb basically,” Brent said. “There were a lot of good, enthusiastic spectators. There is no real easy way to get up it, but I tried to conserve as much as I could. There were a few really steep sections and then a couple of really small portions to recover on.”

While Brent finished 107th, his BMC Racing Team teammate, Richie Porte, finished fourth, 33 seconds behind race leader and stage winner Chris Froome (Team Sky). That result helped Porte move to within 44 seconds of the third-placed rider overall, Adam Yates (ORICA-BikeExchange). Porte is 5:00 behind Froome with two more mountainous stages to come before the parade into Paris on Sunday.