New team, similar result for Gallopin
Etoile des Bessèges has previously proved good fortune for Tony Gallopin, with the Frenchman having won a stage apiece there in 2015 and 2017. In fact, his win in the time trial last year was his only victory of the whole season. A change to Ag2r over the winter seems to have given him an extra boost as he went one further at the fivestage race this year, winning the TT and also taking the overall title. The 29-year-old was 15th overall going into the final TT, but won by 20 seconds to catapult himself to the top of the GC, with Belgian Sean de Bie the only non-Frenchman in the final top 10.