Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck produced a stunning performance to clinch stage 18 of the Tour de France atop the Col du Galibier on Thursday.
The 26 year old, runner up in the last two editions, broke clear with a superb solo attack on the Col d’Izoard which left defending champion Alberto Contador struggling in the peloton.
Schleck then kept his composure to hold on to his lead and claim a hard fought win ahead of his older brother Frank.
Australia’s Cadel Evans finished third, eight seconds further back as he managed to salvage his chances of winning the Tour, thanks to an outstanding effort in the final climb.
France’s Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey as he ended the stage in fifth place and now leads Schleck by 15 seconds with two competitive stages left.