A guide to the Tour de France
22nd July 2016
Romain Bardet (AG2R) won Stage 19 today, on a mountain day from Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc le Bettex.
He got a gap on the Côte de Domancy, a descent that came before the final climb to le Bettex, overhauled Rui Costa on the ascent, and held on for the win.
There was an early breakaway, instigated by Thomas de Gendt, which included Rafal Majka, Alexis Vuillermoz, and Rui Costa. On the final descent, Rui Costa forged on alone from the breakaway.
In the GC group, Romain Bardet got a gap on the descent of the Côte de Domancy, and caught Costa on the final climb. Meanwhile, Froome's front wheel slipped on a white line in the middle of the road during the descent, and he went down, getting grazes on his right side. He took Geraint Thomas's bike, and continued. Mollema had also fallen on the descent, and was unable to get back to the yellow jersey group.
Bardet's advantage over the yellow jersey on the climb to le Bettex was around a minute, then down to 30 seconds. Dan Martin attacked with about 3km left. Adam Yates yo-yoed off the back of the yellow jersey group. Fabio Aru attacked with 1.4km to go. The whole day's tactics from Astana had been about this Aru attack, but he only got a short distance ahead.
At the line, behind Bardet, Rodriguez was second at 23s together with Valverde and Louis Meintjes, Quintana was fifth at 26s, Aru sixth at 28s with Dan Martin, Wout Poels and Chris Froome ninth and tenth at 36s, and Richie Porte tenth at 53s. Adam Yates lost 56s to Bardet, and that sees him slip into fourth place in the GC.
CyclingNews has the full race results and overall standings.
Tom Dumoulin fell early on, and suffered a suspected broken wrist.
This is the Stage 19 highlights video.
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, and as always there's a final processional stage to Paris.
Stage 20 is another mountain stage in the Alps, and regarded as the Queen Stage of the 2016 Tour. The route from Megève takes in the climbs of the Col des Aravis, the Col de la Colombière, the Col de la Ramaz, and the Col de Joux Plane. The final part of the day is a 12km descent to Morzine. Afterwards, only the processional ride to Paris remains, so the rider leading at the end of Stage 20 will almost certainly win the Tour. Read about Stage 20, Tour de France 2016.
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