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Le Tour 100 – Stage 19

Tour de FranceBourg-d’Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand

Distance: 204.5 kilometers.

Since yesterday ended with a pair of Hors Catégorie climbs the sadists in charge decided to start with a pair: Col du Glandon and Col de la Madeleine. While not as steep as yesterday, they are both about 20 km climbs. They throw in a sprint just to wear people out before the category 2 Col de Tamié, which is followed by a pair of category 1 climbs, Col de l’Épine and Col de la Croix Fry.

At the end of the stage the Jerseys should be known.

Rui Costa has taken his second stage, and Movistar has a lot to celebrate.

The Polka Dot is still up for grabs with Rolland only one point behind Froome after today, and there are more mountains tomorrow. Pierre’s chances are very good because the teams will not want to risk the current standings of Froome and Quintana.

RadioShack-Leopard will really be trying to make up their 3+ minute deficit in the team competition and beat Saxo-Tinkoff. Given Contador’s wish to be in Yellow, that will make tomorrow a very ‘interesting’ stage and the last real racing of the Tour.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GB – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 77h 10′ 00″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – CAN – 011 ) [Green] 380 points
Polka Dot Jersey Pierre Rolland ( Fra – EUC – 051 ) [Polka Dot] 104 points [Froome]
White Jersey Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas ( Col – MOV – 128 ) 3 [White]

Team: Saxo-Tinkoff ( TST – 091-099 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Rui Alberto Costa ( Por – MOV – 124 )
Combative: Pierre Rolland ( Fra – EUC – 051 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GB – SKY – 001 )
2 Alberto Contador ( Esp – TST – 091 ) + 05′ 11″
3 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas ( Col – MOV – 128 ) + 05′ 32″
4 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TST – 094 ) + 05′ 44″
5 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver ( Esp – KAT – 101 ) + 05′ 58″
6 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – BEL – 164 ) + 08′ 58″
7 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – EUC – 063 ) + 09′ 33″
8 Daniel Navarro ( Esp – COF – 139 ) + 12′ 33″
9 Alejandro Valverde ( Esp – MOV – 121 ) + 14′ 56″
10 Michal Kwiatkowski ( Pol – OPQ – 153 ) + 16′ 08″

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July 19, 2013   Comments Off on Le Tour 100 – Stage 19

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