By JEROME PUGMIRE, Associated Press
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) — Frenchman Christophe Riblon caught American Tejay van Garderen near the end of the final climb to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France, while Chris Froome extended his overall lead despite a late struggle.
Riblon gave home fans something to finally cheer about Thursday by becoming the first Frenchman to win a stage on this year's race. He caught Van Garderen with about a mile left on the second climb up L'Alpe d'Huez — one of the Tour's most famed ascents.
Riblon raised his hands in the air and pumped his fists after crossing the line.
Froome extended his comfortable lead over his main rival Alberto Contador with just three stages remaining.
The 107-mile trek from Gap to L'Alpe d'Huez featured two huge ascents.
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