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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 19*

Tour de FranceSaint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Tignes Col de l’Iseran

Distance: 126.5 89 kilometers.

A “Mountain” stage with five four climbs and a sprint summit finish.

  • Côte de Saint-André 25 km (cat 3: 3.1km @ 6.8%)
  • Montée d’Aussois 38 km (cat 2: 6.5km @ 6.2%)
  • Col de la Madeleine 63.5 km (cat 3: 3.9km @ 5.6%)
  • Col de l’Iseran-Souvenir Henri Desgrange 89 km (HC: 12.9km @ 7.5%)
  • Montée de Tignes 124.5 km (cat 1: 7.4km @ 7%)

The intermediate sprint is at 68.5 km, Bessans.

Lots of Polka Dot points on this stage and €5,000 for the first to the summit of Col de l’Iseran

When Egan Bernal arrived atop the Col de l’Iseran he got Polka Dot points, €5,000, and, it would turn out, the Yellow Jersey. A powerful thunderstorm with hail and intense rain roared through the valley between Col de l’Iseran and Montée de Tignes leaving hailstones on the roads and causing mudslides. The only vehicles moving were front loaders, so the race officials stopped the race. Race times were calculated to the summit of Col de l’Iseran and no stage winner or Red Number rider were declared.

Bernal qualifies for both the Yellow and the White jerseys, but the White will be worn by the second place young rider, David Gaudu. Thibaut Pinot, who was a main competitor for the Yellow Jersey had to withdraw due to a leg muscle strain or tear.

Yellow Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [Yellow] 78h 00′ 42″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 309 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) [Polka Dot] 86 points
White Jersey David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) [White] 13

Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top 30 below the fold

1 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) –
2 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) + 00h 00′ 48″
3 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 16″
4 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 28″
5 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 01′ 55″
6 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 04′ 35″
7 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 05′ 14″
8 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 05′ 17″
9 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 06′ 25″
10 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 06′ 28″
11 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 07′ 03″
12 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 16′ 18″
13 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 20′ 45″
14 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 23′ 14″
15 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 26′ 10″
16 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 26′ 26″
17 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 40′ 17″
18 Sébastien Reichenbach ( Swi – GFC – 057 ) + 00h 40′ 45″
19 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 42′ 37″
20 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 44′ 27″
21 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 46′ 44″
22 Jesus Herrada ( Spa – COF – 154 ) + 00h 48′ 32″
23 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 52′ 53″
24 Laurens De Plus ( Bel – TJV – 083 ) + 00h 58′ 07″
25 Gregor Mühlberger ( Aut – BOH – 015 ) + 01h 03′ 48″
26 Tanel Kangert ( Est – EF1 – 094 ) + 01h 06′ 26″
27 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 01h 06′ 31″
28 Greg Van Avermaet ( Bel – CCC – 111 ) + 01h 11′ 14″
29 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 01h 11′ 37″
30 Wout Poels ( Ned – INS – 006 ) + 01h 11′ 52″

Withdrew:
Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 )

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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