Skujiņš still going strong in final stages of Tour de France

Latvian road racer Toms Skujiņš is still going strong as this year's epic Tour de France enters its final stages.

Having become the first Latvian ever to wear one of the famed leaders' jerseys in the early stages of the Tour, Skujiņs has had a busy debut tour ever since, helping his Trek-Segafredo teammates, recording a fifth-placed finish in one stage and steadily climbing the top 100 riders as other competitors fade away or retire, exhausted from one of sport's most gruelling events.

Through it all he seems to have kept his sense of humour, declaring day after day via social media that "the real tour starts today" despite considerable evidence it started a couple of weeks ago.

As Stage 18 sets off today from Trie-sur-Baise to finish 171km later in Pau, Skujiņš lies in 83rd place in the general classification, 53rd in the Green Jersey points competition and 33rd in the Polka Dot Jersey king of the mountains classification.

Another rider from the Baltic states, Estonia's Tanel Kangert currently lies in 20th position in the general classification.

The tour concludes July 29 with the traditional finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

 

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