'We tried to make the impossible possible' - Clever, strong breakaway foils the sprinters at Tour de France

It was supposed to be a day for a bunch sprint in Bourg-en-Bresse, yet Kasper Asgreen won. What happened?

Kasper Asgreen of Denmark and Team Soudal - Quick Step, Victor Campenaerts of Belgium and Team Lotto Dstny, Jonas Abrahamsen of Norway and Uno-X Pro Cycling Team and Pascal Eenkhoorn of The Netherlands and Team Lotto Dstny compete in the breakaway during the stage eighteen of the 110th Tour de France 2023
(Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

France is an enormous country, something the bike race which bears its name, the Tour de France, all too readily shows. On Thursday morning, at the start of stage 18, the race was in the Alps, Moûtiers, to be specific, in the shadow of several huge mountains. Just a few hours later, the race finished in Bourg-en-Bresse, a town which feels like it’s on a different planet, surrounded on almost all sides by fields.

Stage 18 showed it at its largest, but it has always felt this big, possibly bigger in the past. 

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