Tour de France – Stage 19

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Nibali makes a bold move to get on the podium whilst Froome comes under attack from public & Quintana and the Geraint Thomas tank is empty

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Tour de France – Stage 19

ASO Press Release
With an attack on the ascent to the Col de la Croix-de-Fer, 59km before the finish at La Toussuire, defending Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali made up for his disillusion of the first week of the Tour de France as he bounced back to brilliantly win the Alpine queen stage. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey ahead of the grand finale at l’Alpe d’Huez despite being spat on by a spectator and then losing time to Quintana.

Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali: “It’s been a difficult Tour de France for me, you’ve seen it. I’ve had trouble in the first week. I’ve done better in the second week. Every time I attacked, I paid for my efforts in the finale. It was hard again today but we’ve done a great job as a team with Michele Scarponi in the first breakaway, Tanel Kangert in the second because I wanted to have someone to help me at the front”.

“It was our plan to raise the rhythm on the Croix-de-Fer. It wasn’t simple but an attack from far out was the best solution. I hadn’t seen Froome have a problem. I looked behind because I was looking for Kangert. We didn’t receive any such info via radio. All we heard was time gaps and when I got to know that I had an advantage of 2.20, I stabilized it”.

“I’ve had a great support from the crowd, by Italian and French fans. I thank them warmly. I feel better this week. I have the same rhythm and the consistency as last year but I’m not as explosive. It’s difficult to compare the years. We’re humans, not machines. Alberto Contador is also not as his best after having done the Giro. We can’t always win.”


The Stage
A peloton of 161 riders took the start of stage 19 in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Brice Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) was first to attack right after the flag off at the beginning of the 15.5km long ascent to the unprecedented col de Chaussy.

Polka dot jersey holder Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) rode away after 2km of climbing. His initiative gave birth to a leading group composed of Michele Scarponi and Lieuwe Westra (Astana), JC Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale), Alexandre Geniez (FDJ), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), José Herrada and Adriano Malori (Movistar), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Joaquim Rodriguez, Damiano Caruso and Alberto Losada (Katusha), Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick Step), Pierre Rolland, Cyril Gautier and Romain Sicard (Europcar), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ruben Plaza (Lampre-Merida), Andrew Talansky, Dan Martin and Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling), Emmanuel Buchmann and Bartosz Huzarski (Bora-Argon 18), Stephen Cummings and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka).


There were also attacks went in the yellow jersey group. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) made it across to the leading group where Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) was missing when Rodriguez took ten more King of the Mountain points as he passed first atop the col du Chaussy.

Romain Bardet becomes the King of the Mountains
Bardet took his revenge on the downhill. The Frenchman rode away with Uran. Rolland came across with Rodriguez and went solo but a group of 21 riders formed before the intermediate sprint won at Epierre (km 42) by Cyril Gautier.

It included Tanel Kangert (Astana), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Roman Kreuziger and Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo), José Herrada and Malori (Movistar), Tony Gallopin and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Joaquim Rodriguez and Alberto Losada (Katusha), Rigoberto Uran (Etixx), Pierre Rolland, Cyril Gautier and Romain Sicard (Europcar), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ruben Plaza (Lampre-Merida), Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Garmin), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Stef Clement and Jarlinson Pantano (IAM) and Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka). Teklehaimanot bridged the gap by himself with 90km to go.

Wellens crashed in the feed zone, made it back but got dropped as soon as the breakaway started climbing to the col de la Croix-de-Fer. 15km before the summit, Rolland rode away solo and Valverde was first to attack 5km away from the top but Nibali was the one who managed to escape. The defending champion crested the main difficulty of the day 1.05 after the Frenchman and 50 seconds before Bardet who virtually took the lead of the KOM competition before he definitely received the polka dot jersey at stage at La Toussuire.

Quintana attacks with 6km to go
Rolland was hoping to repeat his stage win from 2012 at La Toussuire but Nibali rejoined him after cresting the col du Mollard. “The Shark” then soloed to victory with 16km of climbing remaining. Behind, Bardet lost his chance to make it across as he was hampered by a mechanical on the downhill while he was in between the leading duo and the yellow jersey group.

Then fireworks in the GC group as Quintana attacked with 6km to go. He managed to gain 30 seconds on Chris Froome who successfully retained the yellow jersey on the penultimate mountain stage.


REACTIONS

Chris Froome: Towards the top of the Glandon, I had a mechanical. Some asphalt blocked my rear wheel and I had to stop to take it off. It looked to me like Nibali had the whole climb to attack and he chose that precise moment to do it. I heard from other riders that he looked back. It was not sportsmanship. I wouldn’t say that he attacked the yellow jersey but he subsequently made Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador react, so it affected me.”

“My feeling today is that my mechanical provoked his attack. Compared to two years ago, I don’t feel any different with one stage to go. I have more control of the situation. It helped me when Nairo Quintana attacked with 5km to go. I didn’t panic. I didn’t feel any stress. I put myself in time trial mode, thinking of not going too deep because of tomorrow’s stage but I also didn’t want to give much time to Quintana”.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow. L’Alpe d’Huez is the most iconic stage and it’ll be the last test. My first memory as a teenager was to look at it in a boarding room, I think there were Basso and Armstrong and I don’t remember who won, but I remember I was amazed by the crowd. I imagine there’ll be a great atmosphere again tomorrow. With a lead of 2.30, I’m in an excellent position”.


“Up to today, it was worth keeping an eye on both Quintana and Valverde but now, Valverde has lost some time, so I’ll focus on Nairo exclusively. It is a dream to win at l’Alpe d’Huez but I’ll race for the yellow jersey. All the riders are a bit nervous before that climb because we know the crowd has been partying there for a few nights already. They’ll be full on. But hopefully it won’t be any different than in previous years and it won’t have any effect on the racing.

Geraint Thomas: “I was just empty today,” said the Welshman. “It was always going to happen and I was hoping it was going to come on Monday but it came today. I just didn’t have it, and as they say, sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail. I was a cheap nail today, terrible, but there you go. There’s only one mountain stage to go. It was such a tough start, and when you’ve got nothing in the legs there’s not a lot you can do.”


Romain Bardet: It’s pretty cool to wear the polka dot jersey for climbing L’Alpe d’Huez tomorrow. It was my goal this morning but I didn’t manage to make the first move. I’ve had to deal with a lot of emotions since I won yesterday. I’ve had to give it all to get this fifth place today. It’s gonna be hard to keep the jersey tomorrow but I’m ready to bury myself. I didn’t come to the Tour with that goal but I’ll go for it now.

Jerseys
Yellow: Froome
Young Rider: Quintana
Green jersey: Sagan
KoM: Bardet

Stage 19
1 NIBALI Vincenzo ASTANA PRO TEAM 04h 22′ 53”
2 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM @ 00′ 44”
3 FROOME Christopher TEAM SKY @ 01′ 14”
4 PINOT Thibaut FDJ @ 02′ 26”
5 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 02′ 26”
6 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM @ 02′ 26”
7 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK FACTORY RACING @ 02′ 26”
8 GESINK Robert TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 02′ 26”
9 CONTADOR Alberto TINKOFF-SAXO @ 02′ 26”
10 SANCHEZ Samuel BMC RACING TEAM @ 02′ 26”
11 ROLLAND Pierre TEAM EUROPCAR @ 02′ 35”
12 TALANSKY Andrew TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN @ 04′ 17”
13 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 04′ 53”
14 FRANK Mathias IAM CYCLING @ 05′ 02”
15 MAJKA Rafal TINKOFF-SAXO @ 05′ 02”
16 POELS Wouter TEAM SKY @ 06′ 23”
17 KREUZIGER Roman TINKOFF-SAXO @ 08′ 05”
18 SCARPONI Michele ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 08′ 05”
19 GAUTIER Cyril TEAM EUROPCAR @ 08′ 05”
20 KRUIJSWIJK Steven TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 08′ 05”
21 PAUWELS Serge MTN-QHUBEKA @ 09′ 52”
22 HERRADA LOPEZ José MOVISTAR TEAM @ 10′ 53”
23 VUILLERMOZ Alexis AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 11′ 41”
24 BARTA Jan BORA-ARGON 18 @ 11′ 41”
25 CHEREL Mikael AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 11′ 41”
26 KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN Merhawi MTN-QHUBEKA @ 11′ 41”
27 FEDRIGO Pierrick BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 12′ 53”
28 KANGERT Tanel ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 13′ 03”
29 SICARD Romain TEAM EUROPCAR @ 13′ 55”
30 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 15′ 02”
31 CLEMENT Stef IAM CYCLING @ 15′ 12”
32 CHAVANEL Sylvain IAM CYCLING @ 15′ 12”
33 TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel MTN-QHUBEKA @ 15′ 12”
34 PANTANO GOMEZ Jarlinson IAM CYCLING @ 15′ 12”
35 JUNGELS Bob TREK FACTORY RACING @ 21′ 13”
36 MARTIN Daniel TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN @ 21′ 13”
37 DE GENDT Thomas LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 22′ 00”
38 ROGERS Michael TINKOFF-SAXO @ 22′ 00”
39 HANSEN Adam LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 22′ 00”
40 HOLLENSTEIN Reto IAM CYCLING @ 22′ 00”
41 DELAPLACE Anthony BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 22′ 00”
42 VOSS Paul BORA-ARGON 18 @ 22′ 00”
43 SCHÄR Michael BMC RACING TEAM @ 22′ 00”
44 WYSS Danilo BMC RACING TEAM @ 22′ 00”
45 EDET Nicolas COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 22′ 00”
46 CARUSO Damiano BMC RACING TEAM @ 22′ 00”
47 VALLS FERRI Rafael LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 22′ 00”
48 COQUARD Bryan TEAM EUROPCAR @ 22′ 00”
49 TULIK ANGÉLO TEAM EUROPCAR @ 22′ 00”
50 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joachim TEAM KATUSHA @ 22′ 00”
51 SAGAN Peter TINKOFF-SAXO @ 22′ 00”
52 CUMMINGS Stephen MTN-QHUBEKA @ 22′ 00”
53 THOMAS Geraint TEAM SKY @ 22′ 00”
54 BAKELANTS Jan AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 22′ 00”
55 URAN URAN Rigoberto ETIXX-QUICK STEP @ 22′ 00”
56 HESJEDAL Ryder TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN @ 22′ 00”
57 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques MTN-QHUBEKA @ 22′ 00”
58 QUEMENEUR Perrig TEAM EUROPCAR @ 22′ 39”
59 BAK Lars LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 24′ 17”
60 OLIVEIRA Nelson LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 25′ 30”
61 KONIG Leopold TEAM SKY @ 25′ 30”
62 DEVOLDER Stijn TREK FACTORY RACING @ 25′ 56”
63 SOUPE GEOFFREY COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 27′ 41”
64 WYSS Marcel IAM CYCLING @ 28′ 36”
65 DENNIS Rohan BMC RACING TEAM @ 28′ 36”
66 ELMIGER Martin IAM CYCLING @ 28′ 36”
67 OSS Daniel BMC RACING TEAM @ 28′ 36”
68 VAN BAARLE Dylan TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN @ 28′ 36”
69 GENIEZ Alexandre FDJ @ 28′ 36”
70 VOECKLER Thomas TEAM EUROPCAR @ 28′ 36”
71 NAULLEAU BRYAN TEAM EUROPCAR @ 28′ 36”
72 CARUSO Gianpaolo TEAM KATUSHA @ 28′ 36”
73 TOSATTO Matteo TINKOFF-SAXO @ 28′ 36”
74 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar TREK FACTORY RACING @ 28′ 36”
75 DE KORT Koen TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 28′ 36”
76 LADAGNOUS Matthieu FDJ @ 28′ 36”
77 MALORI Adriano MOVISTAR TEAM @ 28′ 36”
78 ROWE Luke TEAM SKY @ 28′ 36”
79 SIMON Julien COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 28′ 36”
80 ROY Jérémy FDJ @ 28′ 36”
81 GRUZDEV Dmitriy ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 28′ 36”
82 VAUGRENARD Benoît FDJ @ 28′ 36”
83 VANMARCKE Sep TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 28′ 36”
84 FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 28′ 36”
85 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 28′ 36”
86 CURVERS Roy TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 28′ 36”
87 DEBUSSCHERE Jens LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 28′ 36”
88 MACHADO Tiago TEAM KATUSHA @ 28′ 36”
89 KOREN Kristijan TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN @ 28′ 36”
90 TPREIDLER Georg TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 28′ 36”
91 PÉRAUD Jean-Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 28′ 36”
92 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 28′ 36”
93 GESCHKE Simon TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 28′ 36”
94 BRUN Fréderic BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 28′ 36”
95 BONO Matteo LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 28′ 36”
96 TIMMER Albert TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 28′ 36”
97 BUCHMANN Emanuel BORA-ARGON 18 @ 28′ 36”
98 DURASEK Kristijan LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 28′ 36”
99 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC RACING TEAM @ 28′ 36”
100 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto TEAM KATUSHA @ 28′ 36”
101 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 28′ 36”
102 POZZATO Filippo LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 28′ 36”
103 DEGENKOLB John TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 28′ 36”
104 YATES Adam ORICA GREENEDGE @ 28′ 36”
105 PORTE Richie TEAM SKY @ 28′ 36”
106 GENE Yohann TEAM EUROPCAR @ 28′ 36”
107 ARREDONDO MORENO Julian TREK FACTORY RACING @ 28′ 36”
108 IRLROCHE Nicolas TEAM SKY @ 28′ 36”
109 STANNARD Ian TEAM SKY @ 28′ 36”
110 WESTRA Lieuwe ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 28′ 36”
111 FEILLU Brice BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 28′ 36”
112 WELLENS Tim LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 28′ 36”
113 WEENING Pieter ORICA GREENEDGE @ 28′ 43”
114 STYBAR Zdenek ETIXX-QUICK STEP @ 29′ 12”
115 VERMOTE Julien ETIXX-QUICK STEP @ 29′ 12”
116 GERARD Arnaud BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 29′ 12”
117 RAST Gregory TREK FACTORY RACING @ 29′ 12”
118 PERICHON Pierre-Luc BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 29′ 12”
119 CAVENDISH Mark ETIXX-QUICK STEP @ 29′ 12”
120 KELDERMAN Wilco TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 29′ 12”
121 IRIZAR ARRANBURU Markel TREK FACTORY RACING @ 29′ 12”
122 SERPA SANTANDER José LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 29′ 12”
123 LAPORTE Christophe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 29′ 12”
124 SENECHAL Florian COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 29′ 12”
125 MATTHEWS Michael ORICA GREENEDGE @ 29′ 12”
126 FONSECA Armindo BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 29′ 12”
127 VACHON Florian BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT @ 29′ 12”
128 ERVITI OLLO Imanol MOVISTAR TEAM @ 29′ 12”
129 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt MTN-QHUBEKA @ 29′ 12”
130 MARTENS Paul TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 29′ 12”
131 VAN EMDEN Jos TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 29′ 12”
132 CHAVANEL Sébastien FDJ @ 29′ 12”
133 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN @ 29′ 12”
134 HALLER Marco TEAM KATUSHA @ 29′ 12”
135 TRENTIN Matteo ETIXX-QUICK STEP @ 29′ 12”
136 TANKINK Bram TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 29′ 12”
137 PIMANTA COSTA MENDES José Joao BORA-ARGON 18 @ 29′ 12”
138 GOLAS Michal ETIXX-QUICK STEP @ 29′ 12”
139 TEN DAM Laurens TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 29′ 12”
140 DEMARE Arnaud FDJ @ 29′ 12”
141 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan MOVISTAR TEAM @ 29′ 12”
142 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald MTN-QHUBEKA @ 29′ 12”
143 GALLOPIN Tony LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 29′ 12”
144 DURBRIDGE Luke ORICA GREENEDGE @ 29′ 12”
145 HUZARSKI Bartosz BORA-ARGON 18 @ 29′ 12”
146 SIEBERG Marcel LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 29′ 12”
147 BRÄNDLE Matthias IAM CYCLING @ 29′ 12”
148 CIMOLAI Davide LAMPRE – MERIDA @ 29′ 12”
149 YATES Simon ORICA GREENEDGE @ 29′ 12”
150 TUFT Svein ORICA GREENEDGE @ 29′ 12”
151 LEEZER Thomas TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 29′ 12”
152 FARRAR Tyler MTN-QHUBEKA @ 29′ 12”
153 RIBLON Christophe AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 29′ 12”
154 GREIPEL André LOTTO-SOUDAL @ 29′ 12”
155 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka MOVISTAR TEAM @ 29′ 12”
156 GAUDIN Damien AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 29′ 12”
157 KRISTOFF Alexander TEAM KATUSHA @ 29′ 12”
158 ANACONA GOMEZ Winner Andrew MOVISTAR TEAM @ 29′ 12”
159 VANBILSEN KENNETH COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS @ 29′ 12”
160 GUARNIERI Jacopo TEAM KATUSHA @ 30′ 30”

Overall
1 FROOME Christopher TEAM SKY 78h 37′ 34”
2 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander MOVISTAR TEAM @ 02′ 38”
3 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM @ 05′ 25”
4 NIBALI Vincenzo ASTANA PRO TEAM @ 06′ 44”
5 CONTADOR Alberto TINKOFF-SAXO @ 07′ 56”
6 GESINK Robert TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO @ 08′ 55”
7 FRANK Mathias IAM CYCLING @ 12′ 39”
8 MOLLEMA Bauke TREK FACTORY RACING @ 13′ 22”
9 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 14′ 08”
10 ROLLAND Pierre TEAM EUROPCAR @ 17′ 27”
11 TALANSKY Andrew TEAM CANNONDALE-GARMIN @ 18′ 25”
12 SANCHEZ Samuel BMC RACING TEAM @ 19′ 27”
13 PAUWELS Serge MTN-QHUBEKA @ 26′ 48”
14 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN @ 27′ 00”
15 THOMAS Geraint TEAM SKY @ 27′ 24”

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