Tour de France

Stage 19) Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes

FR France, Friday 26 July 2019
126.5 km

Exceptional conditions stop Tour de France stage 19 early

Exceptional conditions stop Tour de France stage 19 early

Stage 19 will definitely go down in the history of the Tour de France, after a hailstorm caused severe mudslides that prompted the organisers to stop it prematurely, more than 30 kilometers from the finish in Tignes. At that point, the race was in full swing, with Julian Alaphilippe frantically chasing the riders at the front after being distanced with five kilometers to go to the top of the excruciating climb first used in Le Tour more than eight decades ago.

A brutal pace as soon as the race exited the neutralised zone splintered the peloton, leaving around 30 men in pursuit of the 24 escapees, which Kasper Asgreen made sure of not giving too much leeway. At the bottom of Iseran, other teams took over and set a relentless tempo, which nullified the break and reduced the yellow jersey group to eight riders. An attack of Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) soon came and the Colombian distanced all his opponents, going first over the top of the ascent.

Despite being gapped, Julian Alaphilippe put in an astonishing effort to limit the damage, stomping on the pedals and emptying himself on the double-digit gradients on his way to the summit (2770 meters), which he crested two minutes behind the leader. Immediately, he started a mad pursuit on the descent, cutting the deficit by 15 seconds and putting another ride that will long live in memory, when news emerged from the race organisers that the hailstorm forced them to cut the stage.

After 14 memorable days (which brought also two emphatic stage victories) in the iconic maillot jaune – a record for a Frenchman at a single edition in the last 34 years – Julian had to concede the overall lead, with the official timing being taken at the top of the Iseran; this means that Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s rider, by far the main story of this year’s race, which he had shaped over the past weeks, sits now in second place, less than a minute behind the new leader.

Sports director Tom Steels took us through those hectic final kilometers: “We knew it was going to be a tough day, but it turned out to be also an unusual one. On the descent, when Julian was going full gas, they told us to stop racing and I had to repeat it several times to Julian in the radio. We realised we had lost the yellow jersey, but it’s a pity it happened in such a strange way, just as it’s a pity that they had to take this decision after what has been a great Tour. Anyway, it was a wise thing to do for the safety of the riders, you could see that from what was going on down the road. Despite what happened, we can be really proud of our race! The entire team fought hard, Julian gave everything and was a tremendous entertainer, and I’m sure people will remember this edition more for him than for that happened today.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

DF Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
2:40:31
DF Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
2:40:44
DF Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
2:41:11
DF Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:41:29
DF Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
DF Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
,,
DF Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
DF Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
,,
DF Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
,,
DF Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
,,
DF Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:42:38
DF Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:45:05
DF Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:59:05
DF Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:00:02
DF Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
DF Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
DF Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:06:22
DF Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:06:43
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
78:00:42
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
3 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
1:11
4 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:23
5 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:50
6 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
4:30
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
5:09
8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
5:17
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
6:25
10 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
6:28
23 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:53
93 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:43:07
120 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16:57
130 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:34:04
131 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:35:25
143 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:47:41
152 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:59:00
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
309 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
224 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
203 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
201 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
198 pt
6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
180 pt
7 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
157 pt
8 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
149 pt
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
119 pt
10 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
116 pt
44 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
45 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
80 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
100 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
78:00:42
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
20:45
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:53
4 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
58:02
5 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
1:03:48
6 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
1:13:35
7 Lennard Kämna
Team Sunweb
1:36:59
8 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:53:40
9 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
2:02:44
10 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
2:26:13
18 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16:57
1 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
86 pt
2 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
74 pt
3 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain Merida
67 pt
4 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
59 pt
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
58 pt
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
58 pt
7 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
45 pt
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
40 pt
9 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
38 pt
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33 pt
58 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Movistar Team 234:09:18
2 Trek - Segafredo 28:50
3 Team INEOS 57:42
4 EF Education First 1:15:15
5 BORA - hansgrohe 1:17:30
6 Groupama - FDJ 1:28:14
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:30:25
8 AG2R La Mondiale 1:52:00
9 UAE-Team Emirates 1:57:07
10 Astana Pro Team 2:13:28

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