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Le Tour 2016 – Stage 19

Tour de FranceAlbertville to Saint-Gervais

Distance: 146 kilometers.

A mountain stage in the Alps with four climbs. The first is a Cat 1, Col de la Forclaz de Montmin, then a downhill to the start of the Cat2 Col de la Forclaz de Queige. They were the warm up for the HC Montée de Bisanne with a Cat 1 summit finish on Le Bettex. Lots of opportunities for break-aways, but not much chance of doing major damage to the General Classification.

Romain Bardet was the first French stage winner in this Tour and gained 2nd place by knocking 46 seconds off his deficit to Chris Froome. Quintana cut 10 seconds off his deficit and moved into 3rd. Froome crashed on the descent from Montée de Bisanne in the rain and finished on Geraint Thomas’s bike.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 82h 10′ 37″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( SVK – TNK – 032 ) [Green] 425 points
Polka Dot Jersey Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) [Polka Dot] 209 points
White Jersey Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) 4 [White]

Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Romain Bardet ( FRA – ALM – 041 )
Combative: Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa ( POR – LAM – 151 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 )
2 Romain Bardet ( FRA – ALM – 041 ) + 04′ 11″
3 Nairo Quintana ( COL – MOV – 011 ) + 04′ 27″
4 Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) + 04′ 46″
5 Richie Porte ( AUS – BMC – 091 ) + 05′ 17″
6 Fabio Aru ( ITA – AST – 021 ) + 06′ 00″
7 Alejandro Valverde ( ESP – MOV – 012 ) + 06′ 20″
8 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – LAM – 157 ) + 07′ 02″
9 Daniel Martin ( IRL – EQS – 184 ) + 07′ 10″
10 Bauke Mollema ( NED – TFS – 061 ) + 07′ 42″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver ( ESP – KAT – 141 ) + 07′ 52″
12 Roman Kreuziger ( CZE – TNK – 036 ) + 09′ 45″
13 Sergio Luis Henao ( COL – SKY – 002 ) + 18′ 51″
14 Sébastien Reichenbach ( SUI – FDL – 126 ) + 21′ 37″
15 Geraint Thomas ( GBR – SKY – 009 ) + 28′ 31″
16 Pierre Rolland ( FRA – CDT – 081 ) + 30′ 09″
17 Stef Clement ( NED – IAM – 072 ) + 35′ 11″
18 Warren Barguil ( FRA – TGA – 111 ) + 36′ 35″
19 Mikel Nieve ( ESP – SKY – 005 ) + 38′ 30″
20 Alexis Vuillermoz ( FRA – ALM – 049 ) + 42′ 02″
21 Emanuel Buchmann ( GER – BOA – 131 ) + 42′ 48″
22 Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 ) + 43′ 04″
23 Haimar Zubeldia ( ESP – TFS – 069 ) + 46′ 44″
24 Damiano Caruso ( ITA – BMC – 094 ) + 48′ 23″
25 Tanel Kangert ( EST – AST – 025 ) + 50′ 39″
26 Ilnur Zakarin ( RUS – KAT – 149 ) + 53′ 48″
27 Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – BMC – 099 ) + 58′ 46″
28 Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) + 01H 04′ 26″
29 Wouter Poels ( NED – SKY – 006 ) + 01H 06′ 57″
30 Steve Morabito ( SUI – FDL – 124 ) + 01H 14′ 51″

Did not finish:

Tom Dumoulin ( NED – TGA – 114 )
Daniel Navarro ( ESP – COF – 191 )

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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