Nepal Cycling: An interview with Shyam Gyan Limbu by Gravity Nepal and GNARLY

Image may contain: 1 person, mountain, selfie, outdoor, nature and closeupShyam Gyan Limbu is one of the coolest person I know and here you have a cool conversation about cycling in Nepal

Ilaria: Thinking of cycling three different aspects come to mind: racing, tourism and urban mobility. I see your project involves all them. Can you please introduce yourself and your activity at Gravity Nepal?
Shyam: My name is Shyam Gyan Limbu. I used to ride all over Kathmandu when I was a kid! I had a cheap BMX! I was more into football, basketball and taekwondo as a kid. I started MTB from 2010 and got hooked ever since! There has never been a dull moment! I am involved with Gravity Nepal which is a bike shop and GNARLY which is a tour company and an event management company. Gravity Nepal was established by Jigme dai and me. Jigme dai is a very passionate guy who loves MTB. 
Gnarly was established by Anuj Adhikary and me. We started the venture to organize MTB race events and also train young kids.
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As far as RACING: Cross country biking and racing existed since a long time. Nepal Cycling Association hosted the 15th National XC race in 2017! So, it has been around for quite some time now. Downhill biking and racing in Nepal started since 2010. I was very new to the sport. But it has a huge step for the MTB community of Nepal. It has gained huge popularity over the years. There are about 3 Downhill races every year (Which I think it's great!). Enduro: Nepal has the perfect terrain for Enduro style. Enduro is quite new to the MTB community (World wide actually) but it has gained popularity in Nepal over the years. Short steep climbs and gradual downhill is what we have in Nepal! It just fits right! I, along with my business partner, have hosted 2 ASIAN ENDURO SERIES in 2016-2017 through a company called GNARLY, which saw a huge turnout! There were about 40% participants who flew into Nepal for the race in the first year. It was overwhelming for us. In the second edition we had about 50% international participants that flew from 17 different countries.
Image may contain: bicycle and textNot just internatioal participants but we also had a lot of local participants of which almost 30% participants were junior, Under 17! This is what I have always wanted to do! I want to get the new generation into MTB.
As far as TOURISM: Mountain biking is gaining popularity over the years. People love it here! First of all, I believe it is the HOSPITATLITY that drags people to Nepal. I take pride to say this! There are numerous trails in Nepal, be it around Kathmandu valley or the high mountains ie. Mustang. People in Europe, UK, US and other Asian Countries have ridden perfectly made and maintained bike parks for years! I am not saying that there aren't any natural trails there but Nepal is rich with natural trails as well. Imagine yourself biking right below two of the highest Mountains of the world! Mt. Annapuran and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Both above 8,000 m above sea level! I believe MTB should florish domestically in order to florish internationally. Hence forth, I spend my time trying to train bike skills to kids who want to learn how to bike. I try to invlove their parents as much as possible. Mountain biking has a huge potential in Nepal not only with regards to tourism but also because we are gifted with amazing landscape! We live in Nepal and we're very lucky to have such trails around us. All we need to do is, get a bike and explore. You will fall in LOVE with it!
No automatic alt text available.Af far as URBAN MOBILITY: to be honest, I would not ask someone to ride a bike simply because it saves environment, reduces pollution or keeps you fit. It should be this way: "I do MTB coz its FUN"! No other reason! In order to understand this, you will have to hit the trails and get close to nature. Being on a cycle is already a good thing anyways! There are people in Nepal who use cycle as a means of transport and its great to see that. In the recent times, traffic in Kathmandu is bad! I think cycle would be a lot faster than any other transport! But again, it is not quite feasible for everyone to do that!
Ilaria: Talking about racing: what does it mean to be a mbk rider in Nepal? Are mbk races popular? and how involved Nepali youths are in racing?
Image may contain: 1 person, riding a bicycle and outdoorShyamThere are very few MTB races in the country and it is not a fixed race. So, it is quite difficult to sustain oneself as a racer in the country at the moment. But there are companies who have started providing sponsorship to good riders! To name a few: Gravity Nepal (Official Distributor of YT Industries and Rocky Mountain Bicycles) has sponsored two riders as official riders for the company. Suman Tamang 19 years (YT Capra AL Comp) Prachit Thapa Magar 17 years (Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 730 MSL) Prachit was awared this sponsorship as EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP. Gravity Nepal will take care of his education expenses for a year! We want to let all the other kids know that "Knowledge is power"Raon Tamang (Specialized, Sponsored by Jayendra Kakshapati and the team). Ajay Pandit Chhetri (Polygon, Gauravman Sherchan and team)
Image may contain: 1 person, riding a bicycle, bicycle, tree, outdoor and natureMountain biking is gaining popularity among the youth for sure! There are a lot of young kids who show up in the racing events these days.
Ilaria: Nepal is famous for mountaineering and trekking, but riding a mbk can be a great alternative for to visit it. Which areas are more suitable for this? Which aims would you suggest?
ShyamNepal has always been famous for its Himalayas! And why not! We have 8 of the highest Mountains of the world. I feel proud to say this. People Trek to see these mountains, some even climb this huge peak! I have biked over passes that is 5416 m above sea level. That is a great experience. The trails are amazing! I am an Enduro style lover! I have always loved biking in lower Mustang. It has great landscapes, flowy trails, rich culture and amazing landscapes. Imagine starting from 3800 m and dropping down to 1100 m! This is a great experience. Yes, it will also require fitness and skill. If you are a cross country guy, you should try Annapurna circuit. You will love it! Upper Mustang is also a great experience. It is not simply about biking but also about the whole experience. I am out of words for Lomanthang! Simply magical.
IlariaMobility is a big deal in all big cities, Kathmandu is not an exception and the motorised vehicles traffic added to the bad conditions of the roads is causing serious pollution problems in the Valley. For many people even a motobike remains a dream and long distance walking is the only option. Supporting the diffusion of urban cycling would be a good idea. What's your opinion?
ShyamYes, Kathmandu is not an exception at all. It is at its construction phase at the moment hence traffic jam and various other problems in the city. Nepal is a country where cconomic growth is not so good, Gross Domestic Product per capita in Nepal was last recorded at 682.20 US dollars in 2016! It will be quite difficult to afford a motor bike or a car for sure!! It would be great to support the idea of urban cycling. It would actually be great to have it done! I once thought of a bicycle project: The plan was to ask anyone and everyone to donate the unused bikes that they have it on their warehouse or store, kept unused! Would fix the bikes at my work shop and hand it over to the people in need! I had also started to identify places and people who needed it most. But I had to cancel my project as fund was one of the major issue. I will maybe start that again but now I'd like to try and donate to the different school kids. I would invest it on the kids rather because kids love cycling! Simple!! Maybe in the future, some of them would come out as a good rider and represent Nepal in an international event? You never know!
Ilaria: But cycling is also a life style, and a cool one! Can this play a role in attracting youths to a sport activity that's good both for their health and the city quality of life?
ShyamMountain biking is definitely a cool sport. To be honest, I also get attracted towards it because of the cool factor at the first phase not that I didn’t get into it to ride bikes! There are a lot of young kids who have started biking. On this note, I feel it is very important to lead the kids in the right direction. A simple example would be to not allow them to ride a bike without a helmet! It is not safe to teach a kid to bunny hop without a helmet! Attraction is one aspect to get young kids into biking but it is our responsibility to keep them safe and in the sport for a long time. The sport has to be interesting with events and also safe with proper instruction and guidance. 
For sure, Mountain biking will lead into good health as it is a great sport. Like I said earlier, I would not want to get someone into biking just to reduce weight or save the environment. It is more than that! Mountain biking is actually a fun activity! I have felt the same ever since I rode my bike the first time. It might not be the same with everyone but that’s my opinion. 
“I ride my bike because it’s FUN” – This is my tagline. “No Helmet, No ride “- This is my tagline.
And of course, Mountain biking is a lifestyle. It is quite expensive in comparison to various other sports and other activities that the current youth is involved in. No offence to smart phones or Iphone, these are great innovation by mankind but this is not quite good for the younger generation as we can see these days! 
Compare broken bones to your kid’s depression or addiction to video games. This has caused sleeping depression and god knows what else. We can fix the broken bone while they are young but it would be quite difficult to get them out of the addiction? By this I don’t mean all the kids should join mountain biking but any kind of outdoor sports like climbing, trail running or any other sport. My choice would be mountain biking because it’s a lot of FUN! 
Ilaria: Nepal just held its local poll after 20 years. What do you think about it and about Nepal's situation in general?
ShyamI am an optimist. The local poll after 20 years is a sign of positivity. It is a sign of hope. I believe in Nepal and the Nepali people. The question has always been about the Leadership of the country. I know it will be quite difficult for the existing leaders of the major political parties to give way to the younger generation right away but they feel the need. There are some younger politicians who have headed Ministries. So, this is quite possible! Politics will always remain this way. I don’t believe it is anything different in developed countries. We need to be positive. People of Nepal has to be positive about the government but also has to stage a protest if required after all they are civil servants! And this is exactly what we lack. The new generation is on its way!
Ilaria: Thank you very much! You really infected me with your enthusiasm! I think what you are doing is great and I'm looking forward to come and see it in real next time that I'm in Nepal.

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Mountaineering: Mingma G on K2

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, outdoorK2 is not the first high mountain in the world, it's the second one and probably the hardest. 
Mingma G had already been there but this year the weather conditions made it a very dangerous expedition. In add he was just back from Nanga Parbat with a frostbitten footfinger .
In Mingma team there were also two women who were going to make history: Kari Rostad as the first women from Norway to climb Broad Peak and Vanessa O'brien as the first woman from USA to climb K2. 
It was Mingma G. himself to introduce it all  on July 7:
Image may contain: text"K2 and Broad Peak Expedition 2017" he wrote on his fb page1.Mr. Mingma G Sherpa, climbed Everest-5, K2, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu,Annapurna and Gasherbrum-I.
2.Mr. Dawa Gyalje Sherpa, climbed Everest- 7 times, Lhotse, Manaslu, Gasherbrum-I, Gasherbrum-II and Sishapangma.
3.Mr. Tsering Pemba Sherpa, Climbed Everest-7 times, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Manaslu
4. Mr. Nima Tshering Sherpa, Climbed Everst-3times, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Manaslu
5. Mr. Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa, climbed Everest, Lhotse and Dhaulagiri
6. Mr Nima Nuru Sherpa, climbed Everest-9 times, Cho Oyu, Manaslu and Sishapangma
7. Mr. Mingma Nuru Sherpa Climbed, Everst-4 times, Cho Oyu and Manaslu
8. Mr. Ang Chhiring Sherpa Climbed, Everest-15times, K2-once, Cho Oyu-12, Manaslu-once and other Sishapangma-thrice.
9. Mr. Ngatashi Sherpa, Climbed Everest, K2, Kanchenjugna, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu.
10. Mr. Phujung Lama is our Base camp cook.
11.Mr. Ali Reza, Climbed Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum-I, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum-II. (If success-He will be among Pakistani who climbed all 5x8000m in Pakistan. Till now, only 3 have achieved it)
12. Mr. Fazal, climbed K2 and Gasherbrum-II. (If success-only Pakistani to climb K2 twice)
13. Mr Aminlluah, climbed K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum-I and Gasherbrum-II. This year going to Broad Peak. (If success-He also will be among Pakistani who climbed all 5x8000m in Pakistan. Till now, only 3 have achieved it)
14. Mr Farman is our head cook
15. Mr Khancho is our assistant cook
16. Mr Mohammad is kitchen helper
17. Mr Sazzad is kitchen Helper
18. Mr Abbaz is also kitchen helper
19. Mr Zhang Liang form China climbed 12X8000m peaks.
20. Mr Liu Yong Zhong from China climbed 9X8000m peaks.
21. Ms Dong Hongjuan from China climbed 8X8000m peaks
22. Mr. Hari Mix from USA climbed Ama Dablam and tried Lhotse and Everest in 2013 and 2014.
23. Ms. Vanessa O'brien from USA completed 4X8000m peaks and this time here to become first American Woman on K2
24. Mr. Kumaran Rasappan from Singapore climbed Everest, Cho Oyu and Ama Dablam. He will be third person from Singapore to climb K2 if success.
25. John Snorri from Iceland climbed Lhotse and Ama Dablam and he is first person from Iceland on K2.
26. Ms Kari Rostad is from Norway and she is here to climb Broad Peak as first Norwegian.
27. Mr Kari Gudmundur from Iceland is here for filming K2 with John Snorri."
On June 28 Mingma G. wrote something in his style, sharp and direct:
"We finished our puja at K2 base Camp yesterday and today our sherpa fixed camp1.
Tomorrow I am going to camp1 and sleep there and we will fix further. We are planning to fix camp4 by July5 or 6.
Report from K2:
Abruzzi Route: 18 foreign climbers+13Nepalese+8 Pakistani. 
Sechen Route: 20 foreigners+3Nepalese sherpa+9Pakistani 
I got surprised to see climbers here without ropes. On Abruzzi, I am working in coordination with Furtenbach Adventure and I have got 6000m ropes. Furtenbach Adventure will fix ropes on Broad Peak and we will fix on K2. Later on we will use their rope on Broad Peak and they will use our ropes on K2. Here are other teams on Abruzzi. 
Karakoram Tour Pakistan: 2 Mexican+2Pakistani- no ropes
Summit Karakoram:1Mongolian+2 Pakistani-no ropes 
Karakoram Expedition: 1 Swedish+1 Pakistani- no ropes. 
If this is how climbers come on K2 then we can expect Year2008 again on K2."
These words rose a lively discussion. There was time for it because the weather was bad. On July 4 at 9:35 am he wrote: "We finished route to camp2 on K2 and we are waiting for next window to go camp 4. On return back, our chef made Hunza Bread" 
Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoorIn the next days the weather shortly improved allowing the mountaneers to reach the summit of the Broad Peak. "Congratulations on  Broad Peak. First summit in Karakoram this morning." he wrote on July 11 at 2:19pm "I am back to Base camp opening route to 7500m yesterday and on rest now because of my toe which almost got frostbite at Nanga Parbat. I started getting blisters on it again so I returned back for some recovery. Today my team made great effort and left rope near by camp4 as they got lost in clouds, too much wind and importantly not enough rope too.
We will wait for next weather window to make further progress. We are done with acclimatization. Only my Singaporean friend with Kami is staying one more night at camp 2, remaining all are back to Base Camp now."
But things didn't go the right way. On July 16 at 6:07am he wrote:
"Big Avalanche in Abruzzi. This morning at 8:12am, we saw big avalanche coming from Abruzzi route. We feel all camp 3 is swept away again. I am sure we have all our deposit near camp 4 because our sherpa team made it on ice cliff but it is likely sure that all the fixed ropes are washed away. Tomorrow our Sherpa team will go up to check. Every morning the weather is clear and it get clouded in evening. Weather forecast shows snow at 8000m every evening and very high wind at summit which delays our summit plan.
Waiting for good weather to come"
And again on July 17 at 6:06 pm:
"K2 is known for bad weather. This year too, K2 is same. She covers herself with cloud in day time and enjoys beautiful stars in night time. 
Legendary climber and expedition organizer, Russel Brice says it is equipment eating mountain and I do agree with him. Everyone knows 2015 and 2016, K2 was closed because equipment of all expeditions were lost from camp3. Himex team is covering their 2015's equipment on Cesen route. We are still unknown about our deposited equipment on Abruzzi route. This morning there was snowfall so we cancelled going to camp 2 and above.
Our weather reports say there is no chance to go up till July22. Time is running out and we are just hoping for good weather to come."
I love the fact he calls K2 'she'. Like a woman she covers herself with a veil of clouds and comes at night to enjoy the starred sky, when people sleep and can't admire her beauty. What a poet, Mingma G.! I'm becoming addicted to his writing style...
On July 21 at 6:32pm, another great line:
"Pub Quiz at K2 base camp today. It was fun and quality time with climbers on K2. We are ready Summit push now." ...and you can feel the excitement. 
On July 22 at 4:46 pm a perentory: "Ready for K2 summit push. Today first members of the team left from BC. They will join other team members tomorrow at camp 1." But again, it wasn't to be and after a long silence on July 25 at 6:53 am he wrote: "K2 is all about weather. We had 3 days bad weather though weather report showed good. Some team on k2 are closed already and some in my team are going down too. But remaining, We still want to check july 27." 
Finally  on July 27 the decision is taken: "We'll depart from our camp 4 at 11pm local time. We are now 14 climbers ready for summit push. More news will be given tomorrow after 10am. only my team is pushing for K2 summit." The night was long,  the silence heavy of worries and expectation. The tracker was showing the team's progress, steady but slow. The good weather window was very very short and there was a lot of fresh snow still unsettled. I was holding my breath and praying for them.
On July 28 morning - this morning - a new message from Mingma G.: "We 12 people to reach at the summit within 1hour." Glued to the screan now, the tracker was frustrating inesact... some strange moves made me think that maybe they renounced, or worse... but no: Vanessa O'brien was clearly reaching the top! and the message arrived, a little delayed... 
"Finally we are at the summit of Mt.K2
Mr. Mingma G sherpa
Mr. Dawa gyalje sherpa
Mr. Tsering pemba sherpa
Mr. Nima tshering sherpa
Mr. lakpa nuru sherpa
Mr. Nima nuru sherpa
Mr. Ang Tsering sherpa
Mr. Azong
Mr. Zhang liang
Miss. Jing xue
Mr.john snorri"
But the summit is just halfaway as Anatoli Boukreev used to say. The descent now.... I'm still praying.



Last night about midnight Mingma G. finally wrote:
"We are all safely descended to K2 Base Camp. Summit pictures will be posted tomorrow.
Thanks for following our K2 team."


31 July at 12:16 pm 

Mingma G:
"K2 summit on July28, 2017

We are proud of our team because only we made it to top"


Mountain - Hiking Itineraries: Lago Scaffaiolo at night

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Walking at night in the middle of a forest, no light but the tiny strip of starred sky just over the trail, no voice, noise but your steps on the invisible ground. 
In a group, yep, but now invible or made of vanishing ghosts, few steps away, aside because you know but you can't be sure until you don't touch them for a mistake, or you step on them... and the laughs explode like a bomb. 
Image may contain: mountain, sky, nature and outdoorWhy are we walking so fast?! probably because each one feels compelled to keep close to the one in front... that they can't really see. Beautiful but stressing, I'd prefer a slower pace to apreciate the night. But it's very late already, about 2 am, and it takes more then 1 hour driving from the place where we parked our cars to Florence. 
Image may contain: mountain, sky, nature and outdoorWe started our trekking at the sunset from Doganaccia (1547 m), on the steep CAI 6 path. We reached Passo della Croce Arcana (1675 m) and took a group picture at the momument for the First World War deads. Then we walked on the crest (CAI - GEA 00) climbing to the summit of Monte Spigolino (1827 m), the highest peak of the day. 
The view was simply stunning!
From Passo della Calanca (1737 m) we followed the crest to our final aim, the Lago Scaffaiolo(1790 m).
Image may contain: sky, cloud, nature and outdoorThere is a Rifugio CAI here, "Duca degli Abruzzi", the oldest refugee in the Appennino, but we sat by the lake and shared the food we had brought.
I felt a deep envie looking at the coloured tents illuminated from inside by the front lamps of lucky people preparing for to sleep...
Image may contain: sky, mountain, grass, plant, nature and outdoorInsteed we had a coffee by the refugee and we started our way down. Back to Passo della Calanca (00 CAI-GEA) we took the CAI path n. 66... then I don't know... we walk in silence and in the relative dark of the forest at night. 
Image may contain: sky, mountain, nature and outdoorIt isn't the first time I walk at night without a lamp, not even in the mountains, but it is the first time I do it in a group, and that makes a big difference. 
As I said, I feel the pressure. I keep thinking: "There is no need to go so fast!", still I keep speeding up, just like the others. 
Finally I slow down, I breath, I look up to the tiny starred strip of sky, I find my pace. Vanishing ghosts pass by. I think now I'm at the back of the invisible group. No matter. 
Image may contain: mountain, sky, grass, outdoor and natureThe night is warm, and cosy. I'm thankful.
...especially thankful to Andare a zonzo and to our guide Tommaso who organised and led this intense experience!

Time: 7 hours
Km: 18
Elevation:  700 m
Where: Appennino (Pistoia, Toscana, Italy)
Start and finish: Doganaccia (1547 m)
Summit: Monte Spigolino (1827 m)
Signals: CAI (red and white) 6, 00 and 61
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TdF 21 and final: A predictable result

What a surprise! Chris Froome won, Rigobert Uran is 2nd (due to his itt) and Romain Bardet 3rd (due to his itt). The only Jersey who changed is the Green one (due to Marcel Kittel's crash). It goes to Michael Matthews. Warren Barguil kept his Polka Dot one and Simon Yates his White one. Team Sky is obviously the best team in spite they lost Geraint Thomas, in front of AG2R La Mondiale, that would deserve a special price for the most attacking team.
I really hope that the next Tour will be opener. In order to make it so, the route should include less itt and more uphill finishes. Then maybe we will see Romain Bardet winning a Tour.

Rigoberto Uran:
“Finishing second to Froome at less than a minute seems pretty good to me. It’s a quality final podium in Paris, so this is the greatest success of my career. This result is dedicated to my family, friends, my team and everyone who has supported me during the last three weeks. We knew it would be difficult to win the Tour but not impossible, so we gave it everything. It’s been a great Tour.”

Warren Barguil:
"It's still so hard to believe what we have achieved. It's been such an amazing Tour de France and I've loved every minute of it. The climbs were really tough and it was such a battle to get this jersey. I will enjoy this victory for the rest of my life, it's a dream come true."
Michael Matthews:
"It's been a rollercoaster with a lot of highs and lows. The second week was when mine and Warren's dreams started to come true. We more or less took it in turns with the wins and continued the momentum together, along with the rest of the team. To bring these beautiful jerseys to Paris is really something special and a moment I will remember forever." 

Dylan Groenewegen:
“This is amazing. I was fighting with Kristoff for the right wheel. Before that, Robert, Paul and Tom kept me out of the wind. Primoz did a great job by pulling on the front of the bunch. I came out of the turn in second place. The sprint felt like it lasted a century and I just grab it. This is a beautiful day for a win like this. We had loads of critics, but on the most important day for sprinters, we prove we can do it. We won on the Champs-Élysées, that is unbelievable.”

Dan Martin:
“I am very happy, especially as I wasn’t expecting to finish so high in the GC after that stage 9 crash. It was a hard but at the same time fun race and at the end of it all I am proud of what I’ve achieved here. Our team has tasted success on numerous occasions throughout these three weeks and I’m leaving France with many beautiful memories, but also with a huge desire to return next year and fight again to finish even higher in the overall standings.”

Edvald Boasson Hagen:
“It was great to make it to Paris with this incredible team. Everybody, riders and staff, gave their all for me right up until the very last meters of this amazing three weeks’ race. It's a pity I couldn't finish it off for the team today but I think we can be happy with our Tour de France performance this year. We lost [Mark] Cavendish early in the race but we got together as a team and showed that we ride for a cause. I think that made our stage win much more special”.

Simon Yates:
“I think it’s a great thing. I hope it’s one of those thing that we look back on and see it as a great achievement that we’ve won the white jersey as brothers back-to-back. I tried when I could to attack but also saved energy by staying in the wheels when it was the right time too. Whenever I have the opportunity to attack I like to race aggressive. I think it’s great for the fans, but riding GC is also about picking the right time to do that and the right time to sit back and I am learning that. 
A lot of things have contributed to this throughout the three weeks. I had a good prologue and it was actually earlier in the race when I made the most difference.  Louis had a great ride and clawed a lot of time back on me but I managed to hang on. From the time I joined the team, we knew this is what we were aiming to do – riding for general classification. We approached it like any other race, with no pressure and I think that’s the best way to do it. The team did a fantastic job from the very beginning. They know me, they know how I ride and I want to thank them for everything they’ve done the past few weeks.”

1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 2:25:39
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
6 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
7 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ
8 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
9 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 86:20:55
2 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:54
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:20
4 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:02:21
5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:05
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:04:42
7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:06:14
8 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:08:20
9 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:08:49
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:09:25
11 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:14:48
12 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:15:28
13 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:24:38
14 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:25:28
15 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:33:21
16 Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:36:46
17 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:37:43
18 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 0:37:47
19 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:39:36
20 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:42:04
21 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:42:39
22 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:50:04
23 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:53:52
24 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott 0:59:58
25 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie 1:04:22
26 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 1:12:51
27 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:15:26
28 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 1:16:32
29 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:18:45
30 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 1:21:16
31 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin 1:25:25
32 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 1:32:02
33 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team 1:32:35
34 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1:34:02
35 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 1:35:16
36 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ 1:35:55
37 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 1:38:33
38 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:44:41
39 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 1:45:23
40 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1:48:11
41 Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates 1:50:31
42 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 1:57:29
43 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 1:57:52
44 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:59:09
45 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 2:00:38
46 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 2:01:30
47 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott 2:01:59
48 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:03:24
49 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 2:03:27
50 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates 2:04:53
51 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 2:05:36
52 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 2:06:30
53 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 2:06:57
54 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 2:11:54
55 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 2:13:23
56 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:15:28
57 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 2:17:48
58 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2:19:14
59 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott 2:22:26
60 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 2:22:44
61 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 2:25:36
62 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 2:27:34
63 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 2:28:02
64 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb 2:28:57
65 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 2:31:05
66 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie 2:33:24
67 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb 2:34:56
68 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:35:33
69 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 2:36:36
70 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 2:38:33
71 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:39:10
72 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:41:54
73 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida 2:42:15
74 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 2:43:36
75 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin 2:44:01
76 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:45:11
77 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 2:47:11
78 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 2:48:12
79 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:49:17
80 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 2:53:42
81 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:53:51
82 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 2:54:14
83 Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates 2:54:48
84 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 2:54:54
85 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 2:55:13
86 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 2:55:27
87 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 2:56:43
88 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 2:56:57
89 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie 2:57:05
90 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 2:57:56
91 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie 2:58:51
92 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 3:00:21
93 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 3:04:11
94 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:05:13
95 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 3:05:52
96 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 3:05:53
97 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team 3:06:05
98 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott 3:06:55
99 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 3:07:25
100 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:09:38
101 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 3:10:18
102 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 3:12:12
103 Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 3:13:10
104 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team 3:13:44
105 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 3:15:13
106 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie 3:15:40
107 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data 3:16:28
108 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 3:17:53
109 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida 3:18:16
110 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:20:50
111 Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 3:20:59
112 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 3:21:15
113 Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 3:22:31
114 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac 3:23:00
115 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 3:24:42
116 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:26:58
117 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:29:21
118 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 3:30:54
119 Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 3:32:06
120 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 3:32:14
121 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo 3:35:14
122 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 3:36:22
123 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 3:37:04
124 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:39:24
125 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 3:39:45
126 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie 3:41:34
127 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 3:41:52
128 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:43:45
129 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb 3:43:52
130 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 3:45:40
131 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:45:57
132 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:46:36
133 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:46:47
134 Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie 3:47:08
135 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 3:47:10
136 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 3:47:20
137 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:51:18
138 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:51:29
139 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 3:52:54
140 Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie 3:53:08
141 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 3:53:10
142 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 3:53:38
143 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 3:55:29
144 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 3:55:31
145 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 3:55:48
146 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 3:59:06
147 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:59:48
148 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb 4:01:54
149 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 4:02:54
150 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin 4:03:45
151 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott 4:05:17
152 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ 4:06:15
153 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 4:10:18
154 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 4:10:25
155 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin 4:13:50
156 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 4:16:02
157 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb 4:16:21
158 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ 4:17:21
159 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 4:18:15
160 Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 4:18:41
161 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:19:17
162 Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 4:20:16
163 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:25:01
164 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 4:25:12
165 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 4:26:43
166 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 4:32:21
167 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 4:35:52
Points classification
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 370 pts
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 234
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 220
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 174
5 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 168
6 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 149
7 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 144
8 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 133
9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 106
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 106
Mountains classification
1 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 169 pts
2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 80
3 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 64
4 Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates 55
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 51
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 47
7 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 45
8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 37
9 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 36
10 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 32
11 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 29
12 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 28
13 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 26
14 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 23
15 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 22
16 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 21
17 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 20
18 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 19
19 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 16
20 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15
21 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14
22 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 11
23 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 11
24 Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 11
25 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 10
26 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie 10
27 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 10
28 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 10
29 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 8
30 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 8
31 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 8
32 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 7
33 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 6
34 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 6
35 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 4
36 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team 4
37 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 4
38 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 3
39 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 3
40 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 2
41 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie 2
42 Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 2
43 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 2
44 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida 2
45 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie 2
46 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott 2
47 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team 2
48 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 2
49 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 1
50 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1
51 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1
52 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 1
53 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 1
54 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1
55 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 1
56 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 1
57 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb 1
58 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1
59 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie 1
60 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin 1
61 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 1
62 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 1
Young riders classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 86:27:09
2 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:06
3 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:27:07
4 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:35:50
5 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:47:38
6 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 1:29:02
7 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 2:19:22
8 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 2:40:57
9 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2:43:03
10 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 2:48:59
11 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 2:50:43
12 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 2:51:42
13 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:57:57
14 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 2:58:59
15 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 3:11:39
16 Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie 3:46:54
17 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 3:52:52
18 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 4:09:48
19 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ 4:11:07
Most combative rider classification
1 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
Teams classification
1 Team Sky 259:21:06
2 AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:14
3 Trek-Segafredo 1:44:46
4 BMC Racing Team 1:49:49
5 Orica-Scott 1:52:21
6 Movistar Team 1:55:52
7 Cannondale-Drapac 2:15:25
8 Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 2:18:18
9 Lotto Soudal 2:28:18
10 Astana Pro Team 2:28:39
11 UAE Team Emirates 2:42:43
12 Team Sunweb 3:23:38
13 Direct Energie 3:32:35
14 Wanty - Groupe Gobert 3:54:30
15 Quick-Step Floors 4:02:19
16 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:06:05
17 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 4:49:48
18 Bora-Hansgrohe 5:22:07
19 Katusha-Alpecin 5:29:11
20 Bahrain-Merida 5:49:48
21 Dimension Data 5:51:41
22 FDJ 6:41:25