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Laruns - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - ROGLIC Primoz (SLO) of Team Lotto NL - Jumbo - DUMOULIN Tom (NED) of Team Sunweb - THOMAS Geraint (GBR) of Team SKY - BARDET Romain (FRA) of AG2R La Mondiale pictured during the 105th Tour de France - stage - 19 from Lourdes to Laruns - 200KM - photo Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos © 2018

TOUR’18 Stage 19: A Right Royal Roglic – Thomas Safe!

Stage Report: Stage 19 was never going to be the easy stage before the hilly time trial with six big Pyrenean climbs to cross. A day full of action was decided on the long descent to the finish in Laruns as Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) rode away from the top men for the stage win. Geraint Thomas (Sky) was second and safe in his yellow jersey, but Chris Froome dropped to 4th overall.

Primoz Roglic took the win and moved into 3rd overall

The early break had Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Oscaro) looking for KOM points, but the race changed when Mikel Landa (Movistar) crossed to the leaders and put himself into virtual 2nd overall. Landa was brave, but the Movistar plan came to nothing as the race came together for the drop to the finish and the ride of Roglic, throwing caution to the wind, to take the stage. The yellow jersey of Geraint Thomas crossed the line 19 seconds after Roglic with just Saturday’s time trial between him and history.

The church had the stage profile

Stage 19 could be said to be the toughest stage of this Tour de France. 200 kilometers from Lourdes to Laruns with climbs of the Aspin, Tourmalet, Bordères and Soulor/Aubisque. That’s two Cat 4, one each of Cat 2 and Cat 1 and two HC Cat climbs before the downhill to the finish. The last day to make any difference before the crucial hilly 31 kilometer time trial on Saturday between Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle and Espelette.

Happy to see the Tour start

The riders were blessed before the start

Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) rode away after 5 kilometers of the start in Lourdes. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) and Tanel Kangert (Astana) came across to them after a further 16 kilometers. Eventually the break formed with 12 riders: Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ), Warren Barguil and Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Samsic), Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Andrey Amador and Daniele Bennati (Movistar), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

A big day of climbing

Bob Jungels powered the break

As always team Sky were in control for most of the day

The peloton eased up a little after the first 35 kilometers of hard racing. Green jersey holder Peter Sagan was in trouble from the start and was soon joined by Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and the others the make the ‘Groupetto’ for the day, but the green jersey did finish in time.

More KOM points for Julian Alaphilippe

It was a fast day from the off

The maximum lead was 5:07 at the 39K mark. After 58 kilometers the front group became 18 riders and Katusha-Alpecin came to the front of the peloton for Ilnur Zakarin.

Mikel Landa was the man of the day, but it came to nothing

The race was above the clouds

When the break started tp climb the Tourmalet there were 12 riders left up front: Yates, Nieve, Alaphilippe, Jungels, Kangert, Barguil, Hardy, G. Izagirre, Amador, Bennati, Slagter, Mollema. They were joined by Zakarin, Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) attacked just before half way up the ascent. At the summit Alaphilippe took the Souvenir Jacques Goddet at the summit with five others with a lead of 45 seconds over Majka, 50 seconds on Bardet, Zakarin and Landa, with 2:50 over the yellow jersey group led by six Sky riders.

Roglic made attacks on the climb, but he succeeded on the descent

65km before the finish, 11 riders gathered at the front with 3 minutes lead over the yellow jersey Thomas group, they were: Nieve, Alaphilippe, Jungels, Kangert, Barguil, G. Izagirre, Amador, Zakarin, Landa, Majka and Bardet.

Stage win and overall podium

Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) took over from Sky at the head of the pack to reduce the deficit for his team-mate Primoz Roglic who could be in contention for the final podium. Up the Col des Bordères, the Dutchman brought the gap down to 1:30. Kangert was first over the Col des Bordères. On the ascent of the Col d’Aubisque, Landa, Bardet, Zakarin and Majka formed a leading group as Roglic attacked twice with 13km to go. He brought Thomas and Dumoulin with him and caught his team-mate, Kruijswijk, who had jumped away earlier. Chris Froome, at this point, lost contact with the yellow jersey group, leaving Thomas with no assistance 30km before the finish.

Second on the stage and now 2:05 on Tom Dumoulin

With 25km to go, Froome came across with the help of teammate Egan Bernal and Dan Martin as Majka crested the Col d’Aubisque in first position. He was brought back by the yellow jersey group 19 kilometers out. Roglic showed his ski-jump back-ground as dropped like a stone on the descent managing to create a gap with 8km to go and crossed the line 19 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas who extended his lead over all his other rivals due to his second place the time bonus.

It had been a hot day of action

Stage winner, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) said on TV after the finish: “What can I say? I’m really happy. It’s crazy. A really nice feeling. Obviously I had the legs today. I really tried a lot of times and finally I went away on the descent. For sure tomorrow will be a really hard day because it’s stage 20. We will all be super tired and it’s a big challenge to do. You want to do the best you can. I need to focus on myself and do my thing and then I can be happy. It’s not made for me tomorrow. For everyone it’s the same. We all start at zero and tomorrow is another day and I will try my best.”

Tour de France Stage 19 Result:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo in 5:28:17
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:19
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates
5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
7. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar
8. Chris Froome (GB) Sky
9. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:31
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
11. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 1:47
12. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
13. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky
14. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 3:39
15. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
16. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 3:57
17. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 4:31
18. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 6:52
19. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 7:09
20. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 7:18
21. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC
22. Simon Geschke (Ger) Sunweb
23. Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
24. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
25. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 11:58.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 19:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky in 79:49:31
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 2:05
3. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo at 2:24
4. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 2:37
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 4:37
6. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 4:40
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale 0:05:15
8. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 6:39
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 10:26
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 11:49
11. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 15:54
12. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 16:36
13. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 20:21
14. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 25:50
15. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky at 26:08
16. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 31:19
17. Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic at 33:59
18. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 36:37
19. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 37:35
20. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 40:00
21. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 41:14
22. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 43:24
23. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 45:39
24. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 46:51
25. Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb at 48:09.

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