Friday July 22nd, 2016

Stage 19Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

Start 13h10 (Local time)

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video22/07/2016 

Summary - Stage 19 (Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc) - Tour de...

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Romain Bardet gave the hosting nation its first stage victory in stage 19 of the 103rd Tour de France. He rode away from the yellow jersey group in the downhill preceding the final ascent to Le Bettex to catch lone escapee Rui Costa. Race leader Chris Froome and runner up Bauke Mollema crashed in that downhill, with more consequences for the Dutchman than the yellow jersey. Bardet moved up to second overall with two days to go.

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“I've started to struggle in the Montée de Bisanne. I managed to come across but I couldn't follow at the end so I lost a bit of time. It's my first bad day at the Tour de France, so I can be satisfied. I didn't come to the race for riding GC and I'm fourth overall with the white jersey on my shoulders. It's not that bad. Now I have to keep it till Paris. I know I've lost a bit from Meintjes but I have to hang on for one more day.”

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Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac): "I was beginning to find new life on this Tour after my crash on the Tourmalet and then with the wet roads I slid in a curve and I didn't have the time to brake. Both wheels went sliding. It took me a while to stand up because I was stunned. Afterwards, I got back to my senses. Now the goal is to go all the way to Paris."

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interview22.07.2016

Rafal Majka: "It's a relief"

“I'm very happy because we fought as a team to conquer two jerseys, the polka dot for me and the green for Sagan. Today we're assured of winning them, it's a relief. The race has become very stressful as soon as it started raining. The road must have been dry for a long time and it became very slippery and dangerous.”

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“I'm over the moon. It's beautiful to ride a bike instinctively. This attack was absolutely not planned. It's been a flash in Mikaël Chérel's mind. He said ‘let's go flat out in the downhill'. We're submitted to a lot of pressure all year so we need road captains like Sam [Dumoulin] and Mika [Chérel] to take decisions like that. Climbing to the finishing line was pure emotions. I watched the public in the eyes and shared the emotions with the people. We're humans and humans need...

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“Today I had to race at the front to avoid problems as much as possible. I slipped on a painting in the middle of the road and I crashed. Luckily, there wasn't much damage but in such a stage, it's better to have extraordinary team-mates. They've accompanied me till the end. I finished with Geraint Thomas' bike. It demonstrates that the Tour isn't over until we cross the line in Paris. Tomorrow will be hard but it's the last effort.”

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Sporting stakes21.07.2016

Around the Mont Blanc

The big star of the last week of the Tour de France is Western Europe's highest peak: the Mont Blanc culminates at an altitude of 4808.73m. It's been seen from the Grand Colombier on Sunday, from Finhaut-Emosson on Tuesday, from Megève on Wednesday but the closest place to the giant is Le Bettex, just above the town of Saint-Gervais. That's where, back in 1990, Ronan Pensec took the yellow jersey the day he turned 27. More recently, that's where Chris Froome won the second last stage of the...

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video27/06/2016 

Presentation - Stage 19 by Jerome Coppel (IAM) - Tour de France 2016

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:35Top 5 overall

GC:

1. Chris Froome

2. Romain Bardet, at 4.11

3. Nairo Quintana, at 4.27

4. Adam Yates, at 4.36

5. Richie Porte, at 5.17

17:25Top 5

1. Romain Bardet

2. Joaquim Rodriguez

3. Alejandro Valverde

4. Louis Meintjes

5. Nairo Quintana

17:24Romain Bardet wins stage 19

First French victory at the 103rd Tour de France. It's his second stage win after stage 18 to St-Jean-de-Maurienne last year.

17:21Bardet with 40 seconds at 1km to go

Rui Cosa is caught by Fabio Aru

17:19Porte and Quintana speed up

Porte and Quintana speed up with 2km to go. Aru counter attacks.

17:182km to go: Bardet in the lead

Romain Bardet alone with 2km to go. 36 seconds lead over the yellow jersey group.

17:17Yates in trouble

Adam Yates gets dropped

17:16Bardet alone

Romain Bardet is alone at the front with 3km to go.

17:15Dan Martin attacks from the yellow jersey group

Dan Martin on the move

17:13Caruso and Porte speed up

With 4km to go, Bardet and Rui Costa have 30 seconds lead over the yellow jersey group in which Caruso and Porte speed up.

17:12Yellow jersey group:

Froome, Henao, Landa, Poels (Sky), Quintana, Valverde, I. Izagirre, Moreno (Movistar), Aru, Rosa (Astana), Kreuziger (Tinkoff), Porte, Caruso (BMC), Barguil (Giant), Rodriguez (Katusha), Meintjes (Lampre), D. Martin (Etixx), Yates (Orica).

They're 30 seconds behind Bardet and Rui Costa.

Mollema is at 1.30.

17:08Diego Rosa speeds up

Diego Rosa speeds up. Froome has taken place right behind him.

17:07Bardet virtually second on GC

Mollema is struggling. Bardet is virtually second on GC with 7km to go.

17:05Bardet rejoins Rui Costa

Bardet rejoins Rui Costa with 7.5km to go.

17:03Rui Costa the most aggressive today

Rui Costa has been awarded the most aggressive rider prize of the day.

17:02Froome in difficulty

Bardet is close to rejoining Rui Costa. Froome is in difficulty at the back of the main pack.

17:00Dani Navarro quits

Dani Navarro has abandoned the Tour de France after crashing in the downhill of Domancy.

16:59Froome back in the group

Froome has made it back to the group but he doesn't seem at ease ona bike that is not his. Bardet is one kilometre ahead.

16:57Bardet and Chérel on the attack

Romain Bardet has rejoined Mikaël Chérel. Bardet forges on. He chases Rui Costa.

16:5610km to go

Rui Costa in the lead with 10km to go. Froome chases to make his way back to the main group.

16:55Froome crashes

Froome has crashed as he slipped on a painting. Nibali slipped behind him too. Froome got a bike from Geraint Thomas. He's back on the road.

16:53Chérel in the downhill

Mikaël Chérel had made a gap but he waits for the peloton

16:52Mollema has crashed

Bauke Mollema has crashed at a roundabout going down to the côte de Domancy featured in the opposite direction in yesterday's time trial.

16:50Rui Costa with 15km to go

1 minute lead for the Portuguese

16:48Chérel speeds up

Mikaël Chérel (AG2R) ups the tempo 7km before the final climb to Le Bettex via the terrifying côte des Amérands.

16:43Peloton at 1.05

Navarro gives up. He waits for the peloton. Rui Costa has one minute lead with 22km to go.

16:41Porte is back in the pack

Richie Porte is back in the pack after his mechanical

16:39Navarro goes solo

There's no more cooperation in the Majka group. The vast majority of them is reeled in with 25km to go, at the exception of Dani Navarro who has gone solo in the chase of Rui Costa. The Portuguese is one minute ahead.

16:3230km to go

With 30km to go, Rui Costa has 50 seconds lead over the Majka group. Yellow jersey group at 1.50. Schar, Burghardt and Caruso wait for Porte.

16:30Richie Porte chases

Richie Porte has had a mechanical. He's trying to make his way back to the pack.

16:29Reichenbach on the ground

Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ), 13th on GC, has a crash.

16:27Lusenko waits for the peloton

Alexey Lutsenko waits for the peloton led by his Astana team-mates. He hasn't taken any turn at the front. 

16:25On a very wet road

It's a dangerous downhill with a very wet road. Rui Costa incresases his lead: 40 seconds.

16:24Rui Costa with 30 seconds

Rui Costa is alone in the lead 30 seconds ahead of the Majka group. Peloton at 1.50.

16:22Rolland back on his bike

Pierre Rolland is back on his bike behind the peloton. He seems injured.

16:19Rolland offside

Pierre Rolland slipped and went down. Rui Costa is alone in the lead with 40km to go.

16:1724.8km in the third hour

The breakaway group has covered 24.8km in the third hour of racing, including the grueling Montée de Bisanne. Average speed so far: 32.4km/h.

16:15Rolland and Rui Costa at the front

Pierre Rolland attacks with 46km to go. Rui Costa goes across.

16:14Top 10

Results at Montée de Bisanne (km 96.5)

1. Rafal Majka, 25 pts

2. Tony Gallopin, 20 pts

3. Jarlinson Pantano, 16 pts

4. Dani Navarro, 14 pts

5. Alexis Vuillermoz, 12 pts

6. Rui Costa, 10 pts

7. Alexey Lutsenko, 8 pts

8. Eduardo Sepulveda, 6 pts

9. Pierre Rolland, 4 pts

10. George Bennett, 2 pts

Peloton at 1.50

16:09Majka speeds up to claim the polka dot jersey

Rafal Majka soloes to the KOM prize at Montée de Bisanne. Providing that the completes the Tour de France within the time cut, he's the King of the Mountains of the Tour de France for the second time after 2014.

16:06Storm on the horizon

Breakaway group at the 1km to go mark in the Montée de Bisanne. They see dark clouds. It might be stormy soon.

16:0550km to go

As Buchmann and Berhane have been dropped from the front group again, 12 riders lead the race with 50km to go. Peloton led by Astana 1.32 behind.

15:56Ten Dam dropped by the pack

Laurens ten Dam has been dropped by the breakaway group and now also by the pack where Adam Yates remains in the last position.

15:53De Gendt at 1.10

Thomas De Gendt is at 1.10. It looks like Rafal Majka will mathematically win the King of the Mountains prize at the Montée de Bisanne.

15:5214 in the lead

With 5km to reach the top of Montée de Bisanne, they're 14 in the lead as Berhane, Buchmann and Sepulveda have made it back.

15:5011 riders in the lead

Lutsenko, Kiserlovski, Majka, Vuillermoz, Bennett, Pantano, Rolland, Moinard, Rui Costa, Gallopin and Navarro form the leading group with 55km to go. Their former breakaway companions are at 45 seconds. Peloton led by Astana at 2 minutes.

15:47Adam Yates at the back of the pack

Adam Yates is in the last position of the peloton.

15:46Possible broken wrist for Dumoulin

A Tour de France doctor told Francetélévisions that Tom Dumoulin's left wrist is in a big pain. Radio examination will be needed to determine if it's broken or not.

15:42Tom Dumoulin quits

Tom Dumoulin is in his team car. He abandons the Tour de France.

15:41Breen back in the pack

Breakaway rider Vegard Breen is back in the pack. Peloton 2.15 behind the breakaway group.

15:39Dumoulin close to abandon

Tom Dumoulin cries. He stops on the road side.

15:37Majka speeds up

Rafal Majka accelerates with 59km to go. Vuillermoz responds. The front group loses Martin, Matthews, Ten Dam, Burghardt.

15:36Dumoulin back on his bike

Tom Dumoulin rides again but he seems to complain as he talks to his sport director. His left wrist and elbow are injured.

15:34Van Garderen off the back

Many riders are getting dropped in the Montée de Bisanne. Tejay van Garderen is one of them.

15:33Dumoulin has a hand injury

Tom Dumoulin seems to be worried about his hand after the crash.

15:32AG2R to help Astana

AG2R-La Mondiale moves to the head of the peloton to help Astana pacing at the bottom of the Montée de Bisanne. Those two teams seem to have ambitions for Romain Bardet and Fabio Aru respectively.

15:30Tom Dumoulin on the ground

Crash in the pack. Tom Dumoulin is on the ground. He waits for his team car to get a new bike.

15:29Purito again with problems

Joaquim Rodriguez needs a bike change again.

15:27Adam Yates off the back

White jersey holder Adam Yates has had a bike change. He's making his way back to the pack with the help of two team-mates. It's a serious effort before the hors-category Montée de Bisanne!

15:23Time gap on the up

65km to go, the time gap is on the up again: 4 minutes. It's still Astana and Vicioso (Katusha) at the helm of the peloton.

15:15De Gendt first again at a summit

Rsults at col de la Forclaz de Queige (km 73.5)

1. Thomas De Gendt, 5 pts

2. Rafal Majka, 3 pts

3. Markus Burghardt, 2 pts

4. Pierre Rolland, 1 pt

15:1334.5km in the second hour

34.5km have been covered in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 36.2km/h.

15:11Up to the Forclaz de Queige

The riders are climbing to the unprecedented Forclaz de Queige. This new climb on the course of the Tour de France is classified in second category.

15:0375km to go

With 75km to go, the peloton still led by Astana is 3 minutes down.

14:56Chris Froome: "There are a lot of tricky descents today"

Race leader Chris Froome spoke this morning: “It's a great position to be in. It's a really good feeling to have this sort of advantage coming into the next two days. But we have to stay concentrated and to get the job done all the way to Paris. At this point, two days out from Paris, we're just giving it everything we've got now. It's just this last couple of days to get the job done. Today is a very tricky stage with a lot of tricky descents. There's talk about thunderstorms during the...

14:52Alain Gallopin: "Our goal was the top 5"

Trek-Segafredo's sport director Alain Gallopin spoke to letour.com this morning: “The good news for us after the time trial is that Bauke [Mollema] is still second. We'll fight to remain on the podium, whether it's second or third. Our goal was the top 5. Bauke deserves it. He has had a good Tour.”

14:4420 riders again at the front

The leading group of 20 riders is back together with 87km to go. Peloton led by Astana and Katusha at 3 minutes.

14:42Majka, De Gendt and Vuillermoz wait

The leading trio waits for the rest of the breakaway group.

14:39Time gaps at km 50

Race situation after 50km of racing:

Majka, Vuillermoz and De Gendt in the lead.

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Robert Kiserlovski  (Tinkoff), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Markus Burghardt and Amaël Moinard (BMC), Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Laurens ten Dam (Giant-Alpecin), Emmanuel Buchman (Bora-Argon 18), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step), Daniel Navarro (Cofidis), Michael...

14:33Leading trio with 30 seconds

Majka, De Gendt and Vuillermoz have 30 seconds lead over their former breakaway companions with 96km to go.

14:30Peloton at 3.25

At the top of Forclaz de Montmin, the peloton is 3.25 down. 100km to go for the breakaway riders.

14:28De Gendt first at Forclaz de Montmin

Résultat au col de la Forclaz de Montmin (km 42,5)

1. Thomas De Gendt, 10 pts

2. Rafal Majka, 8 pts

3. Alexis Vuillermoz, 6 pts

4. Robert Kiserlovski, 4 pts

5. Jarlinson Pantano, 2 pts

6. Dani Navarro, 1 pt

14:28Majka continues downhill

Rafal Majka tries to go solo in the downhill. De Gendt and Vuillermoz struggle to follow him.

14:25Burghardt in difficulty

Markus Burghardt (BMC) is the first rider dropped by the breakaway group.

14:23Sprinters in difficulty

In the ascent to Forclaz de Montmin, Marcel Kittel and Dylan Groenewegen are among the sprinters dropped by the peloton still led by Astana 2.50 behind the 20 breakaway riders.

14:152.50 with 5 more km of climbing

The deficit of the peloton led by Luis Leon Sanchez and Andriy Grivko is down to 2.50 with 5km to go to the top of Forclaz de Montmin.

14:13McLay the first straggler

Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) is the first straggler on the way to col de la Forclaz de Montmin.

14:1237.5km in the first hour

The 20 breakaway riders have covered 37.5km in the first hour of racing. Two Astana riders lead the peloton 3 minutes behind.

14:08Vicioso at the head of the peloton

Astana has already reduced the gap by one minute. Angel Vicioso (Katusha) now leads the peloton in front of the Astana team. Time gap: 3.15 at km 35.

13:59Breakaway at the bottom of Forclaz de Montmin

The 20 breakaway riders start climbing to the unprecedented category 1 Forclaz de Montmin. It's the first categorized climb of the day.

13:563.40 at km 30

The peloton led by Astana has a deficit of 3.40 at km 30. Both breakaway riders and the peloton are riding fast.

13:54Top 15

Result of the intermediate sprint at Doussard (km 25.5)

1. Michael Matthews, 20 pts

2. Thomas De Gendt, 17 pts

3. Emanuel Buchmann, 15 pts

4. Alexis Vuillermoz, 13 pts

5. Tony Martin, 11 pts

6. Vegard Breen, 10 pts

7. Jarlinson Pantano, 9 pts

8. Dani Navarro, 8 pts

9. Laurens ten Dam, 7 pts

10. Markus Burghardt, 6 pts

11. Rafal Majka, 5 pts

12. Amaël Moinard, 4 pts

13. Pierre Rolland, 3 pts

14....

13:52Matthews moves up in the points classification

Michael Matthews has taken 20 points. It provisionnally puts him in fourth position between Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff in the points classification.

13:50Michael Matthews wins the intermediate sprint

Stage 10 Michael Matthews won the intermediate sprint at Doussard ahead of Thomas De Gendt and Emanuel Buchmann.

13:47Lutsenko at the back of the leading group

Astana chases the breakaway down. In the leading group, Alexey Lutsenko remains in last position.

13:45Time gap on the down

After 20km of racing, the time gap is down to 3.50.

13:40Astana and Movistar lead the peloton

The peloton is reunited, 4.12 behind the 20 leaders. Astana and Movistar set a high tempo. Past the col de Tamié, the peloton is strung out.

13:36Anacona speeds up

A few riders have come across to the Nibali, including Winner Anacona (Movistar) who speeds up. This group is 4.15 behind the 20 escapees.

13:34Three Astana and Purito have made a gap

Nibali, Rosa, Tiralongo and Rodriguez have made a gap to the rest of the peloton. Two more Astana riders go away from the peloton.

13:32Three Astana riders at the head of the peloton

Paolo Tiralongo, Vincenzo Nibali and Diego Rosa speed up at the head of the peloton. Joaquim Rodriguez join them.

13:30Pierre Rolland, the highest ranked

The hiighest ranked of the breakaway riders is Pierre Rolland, 16th with a deficit of 22.51.

13:28The 20 leaders are:

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Robert Kiserlovski and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Markus Burghardt and Amaël Moinard (BMC), Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data), Laurens ten Dam (Giant-Alpecin), Emmanuel Buchman (Bora-Argon 18), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step), Daniel Navarro (Cofidis), Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange),...

13:23Sagan leads the bunch

Peter Sagan leads the peloton on a moderated tempo, 3.30 behind the 20 breakaway rider after 6km of racing.

13:20In the lead

Among the riders in the lead 5km after the start in Albertville: Vuillermoz, Tony Martin, Matthews, Grivko, Rui Costa, Lutsenko, Moinard, Buchman, Ten Dam, Berhane...

13:16About 25 riders in the lead

No reaction from the peloton.

13:13De Gendt leads the front group

Thomas De Gendt has taken a few riders with him, including his team-mate Tony Gallopin, Rafal Majka, Jarlinson Pantano, Daniel Teklehaimanot...

13:10The race is on

The start proper has been given at 13.10. Thomas De Gendt is the first attacker. 177 riders have started.

13:08Purito back in the pack

Joaquim Rodriguez has made it back to pack. The race can start.

13:07An uphill start

It's going to be hard as soon as the riders will take the start proper. It's the ascent to collet du Tamié, which is 50 metres higher than the col de Tamié, a second category climb last time it was featured at the Tour de France (in 2013, with Pierre Rolland first at the top). Today, it's not a categorized climb.

13:05Purito stopped again

Joaquim Rodriguez has had his wheel change. He was back in the pack but he stops again, still in the neutral zone.

13:01Jarlinson Pantano with the red bib

Jarlinson Pantano still has the red bib of the most aggressive rider on stage 17, as no such distinction is given in a time trial.

13:01Movistar with an increased lead

Movistar was the best team in the uphill time trial with the addition of the times of Ion Izagirre, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. The defending champions have 3.23 lead overall over Team Sky.

12:59Purito has a flat

Joaquim Rodriguez has a flat tyre in the neutral zone. He's asking for a new rear wheel.

12:58Adam Yates in white

Adam Yates is in the white jersey. He lost 15 seconds to runner up Louis Meintjes yesterday but his advantage remains close to three minutes (2.59).

12:58Rafal Majka with the polka dot

Rafal Majka is in the polka dot jersey. He has 173 points. Thomas De Gendt is second with 90 points, Ilnur Zakarin third with 78 points. Majka can ride on a defensive mode to secure his second KOM victory after 2014.

12:57Peter Sagan in green

Peter Sagan is in the green jersey. The intermediate sprint is at Doussard, km 25.5. But Sagan only has to make it to Paris within the time cut and his fifth green jersey is secured.

12:57Chris Froome in yellow

Chris Froome is in the yellow jersey for the 11th day in a row. After he won the uphill time trial in Megève, he has increased his lead. Bauke Mollema is at 3.52, Adam Yates at 4.16, Nairo Quintana at 4.37 and Romain Bardet at 4.57.

12:56Riders on the move

The riders are rolling towards the start proper. Chris Froome and Peter Sagan are having a chat.

12:40Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 19 in the 103rd Tour de France, from Albertville to Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc, 146km.

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