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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 12

Tour de FranceToulouse > Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Distance: 209.5 kilometers.

Officially a “mountain” stage:

  • Côte de Montoulieu-Saint-Bernard 62.5 km (cat 4: 1.7km @ 5.2%)
  • Col de Peyresourde 146 km (cat 1: 13.2km @ 7%)
  • Hourquette d’Ancizan 179 km (cat 1: 9.9km @ 7.5%)

The intermediate sprint is at 130.5 km, Bagnères-de-Luchon. There is a 1,000 meter drop over 30 kilometers to the finish after the final summit. A real test of brakes and courage/stupidity.

The Tour is in the Pyrenees and Simon Yates continues the pattern of a unique winner at every stage. With the two Category 1 climbs the General Classification riders stayed safe and fresh for tomorrow’s individual time trials. This led to little effort to reel in the 40+ riders of the breakaway. The peloton showed up 9 minutes and 35 seconds after Simon Yates crossed the line.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 52h 26′ 09″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 277 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 54 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 3

Stage winner: Simon Yates ( GBr – MTS – 108 )
Combative: Matteo Trentin ( Ita – MTS – 107 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top 30 below the fold

1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 12″
3 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 01′ 16″
4 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 27″
5 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 01′ 45″
6 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 01′ 46″
7 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 01′ 47″
8 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 02′ 04″
9 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 02′ 09″
10 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 02′ 33″
11 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 00h 02′ 46″
12 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 03′ 18″
13 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 03′ 18″
14 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 03′ 20″
15 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 071 ) + 00h 03′ 22″
16 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 03′ 26″
17 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 03′ 28″
18 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 03′ 42″
19 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 03′ 59″
20 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 04′ 15″
21 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 04′ 25″
22 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 04′ 32″
23 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 04′ 34″
24 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 05′ 57″
25 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 05′ 59″
26 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 00h 06′ 18″
27 Nicolas Roche ( Irl – SUN – 148 ) + 00h 09′ 50″
28 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 11′ 20″
29 Rudy Molard ( Fra – GFC – 056 ) + 00h 12′ 47″
30 Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) + 00h 14′ 35″

Did not start:
Jasper Philipsen ( Bel – UAD – 128 )

Withdrew:
Rohan Dennis ( Aus – TBM – 044 )
Giacomo Nizzolo ( Ita – TDD – 207 )

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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