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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 5

Tour de FranceSaint-Dié-des-Vosges > Colmar

Distance: 175.5 kilometers.

This entire stage is in the Alsace which has been an area of dispute between France and Germany for centuries, which explains the mixture of French and German place names. It is classified as “hilly”. The riders spend 41 kilometers on the fairly flat terrain of the Alsace plain before climbing the cat 3 Côte de Grendelbruch (3.4 km 4.9% grade). Back down to the plain for the intermediate sprint at Heiligenstein (71 km). The riders stay in high gear until 109.5 km and the cat 2 Côte du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (5.9 km 5.8% grade). Back to high gear until 140.5 km and another cat 2, Côte des Trois-Épis (4.9 km 6.8%). They still aren’t done because at 156 km Côte des Cinq Châteaux (cat 3 4.6 km 6.1%) awaits. After all that expect a bunch sprint at the finish.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 18h 44′ 12″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 144 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 17 points
White Jersey Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 )
Combative: Toms Skujins ( Lat – TFS – 137 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Team Jumbo – Visma ( TJV – 081-088 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Wout Van Aert ( Bel – TJV – 088 ) + 00h 00′ 14″
3 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 00′ 25″
5 Michael Matthews ( Aus – SUN – 141 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 00′ 40″
7 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 45″
8 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 00′ 46″
9 Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) + 00h 00′ 50″
10 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 00h 00′ 51″

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Potential Tropical Cyclone Two

Potential Tropical Cyclone TwoPosition: 27.7N 88.0W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Southwest [245°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1009 mb ↓.

Currently about 120 miles [ 190km] Southeast of the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

To provide ample warning to areas that may be affected by this system, the National Hurricane Center has begun to issue advisories.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Mouth of the Mississippi River westward to Cameron Louisiana.

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A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Mouth of the Pearl River to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.

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