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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 17

Tour de FrancePont du Gard > Gap

Distance: 200 kilometers.

A “Hilly” stage with two categorized climbs and a downhill sprint finish.

  • Côte de la Rochette-du-Buis 104.5 km (cat 4: 5.2km @ 5.4%)
  • Col de la Sentinelle 191.5 km (cat 3: 11.4km @ 7.8%)

The intermediate sprint is at 62 km, Vaison-la-Romaine which is under an Excessive Heat Warning for triple digit Fahrenheit air temperatures.

This was the last stage for the sprinters to show their abilities before the Tour hits the Alps for three days of climbing. The Peloton was on cruise control saving its energy for the mountains. Matteo Trentin won the stage and the Red Numbers with his attack on the final climb leaving everyone else a half minute behind.

The air was not the only thing that was hot today. Luke Rowe and Tony Martin were removed from the race for a minor dust up that didn’t even involve punches being thrown.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 69h 39′ 16″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 309 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 64 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 5

Stage winner: Matteo Trentin ( Ita – MTS – 107 )
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′ 35″
3 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 47″
4 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 01′ 50″
5 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 02′ 02″
6 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 02′ 14″
7 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 04′ 54″
8 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 05′ 00″
9 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 05′ 33″
10 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 06′ 30″
11 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 07′ 22″
12 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 09′ 30″
13 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 11′ 08″
14 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 11′ 39″
15 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 12′ 06″
16 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 13′ 42″
17 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 14′ 15″
18 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 15′ 33″
19 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 18′ 25″
20 Jesus Herrada ( Spa – COF – 154 ) + 00h 27′ 09″
21 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 27′ 33″
22 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 30′ 33″
23 Sébastien Reichenbach ( Swi – GFC – 057 ) + 00h 32′ 17″
24 Rudy Molard ( Fra – GFC – 056 ) + 00h 34′ 11″
25 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 00h 39′ 10″
26 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 39′ 23″
27 Nicolas Roche ( Irl – SUN – 148 ) + 00h 40′ 59″
28 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 41′ 42″
29 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 44′ 02″
30 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 00h 46′ 01″

Did not start:
Luis León Sanchez ( Spa – AST – 078 )
Cees Bol ( Ned – SUN – 143 )

Disqualified:
Luke Rowe ( GBr – INS – 007 )
Tony Martin ( Ger – TJV – 086 )

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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