2017 Tour de France: Stage 19 live race updates, blog

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    It could be a day for the breakaway at the Tour de France on Stage 19. (Jonathan Devich / Tour of Utah)

    Stage 19, which is also the longest of the Tour de France presents itself as the perfect opportunity for the breakaway, with a mainly flat 222.5-kilometre journey ahead of the peloton. Join The Roar for live coverage and updates from 10pm (AEST).

    With Chris Froome doing a solid job yesterday to hang onto yellow during the second alpine stage, it appears baring a disaster he has won his fourth Tour.

    Today’s stage shouldn’t pose too many threats, with only three Category 3 climbs on route and the time trial tomorrow on Stage 20 before the flat run into Paris should play right into his hands.

    Stage 19 gets underway in Embrun and tracks south through the Alpes-de-Haute Provence before tracking over into the Vaucluse department.

    The day starts off at over 700 metres above sea level and after 20 kilometres of undulating terrain, the riders will reach the Category 3 Col Lebraut. It is 4.7 kilometres at 6 per cent, with the 2.3-kilometre Côte de Bréziers following soon after.

    The summit of that climb is reached at 43 kilometres, but after a short and sharp downhill, the race will kick uphill for a few more kilometres. From there, it’s a long, gradual descent back down to just 450 metres above sea level.

    This deep into the Tour, every little uphill rise is going to hurt and so it’ll be another strong man’s breakaway. The formation of the breakaway will be hotly contested today – with no intrigue left for the green or polka dot jersey, it could well be a day for them.

    The sprinters teams are likely to let them go – Andre Greipel and Lotto-Soudal, along with Nacer Bouhanni and his Cofidis team are still searching for a win, but are likely to keep the powder dry for Stage 21 and the ride into Paris.

    Simply put, there won’t be the power, want or will in the peloton to chase the breakaway down, who have been kept in check for much of the Tour.

    The intermediate sprint comes after some more undulations in Banon with 86 kilometres to go, before the final Category 3 climb of the day – the Col du Pointu – is reached with 45 kilometres remaining.

    Following a descent, it’s then a gradual downhill run all the way into the finish line, with the last kilometre following that trajectory. That being said, it won’t matter who comes to the line first, it should be a fast sprint.

    Prediction
    The breakaway are going to win today’s stage. Plenty of teams are still searching for a stage win, but in particular watch out for Daryl Impey, a host of FDJ, UAE or Bahrain-Merida riders, and any of the wildcard teams with Dion Smith of Wanty-Groupe and Maxime Bouet of Fortuneo headlining the cause.

    If it does come to a sprint, then Andre Greipel should finally notch a stage win – but that seems unlikely.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 19 from 10pm (AEST) and don’t forget to add a comment in the section below.

    One of the mainstays of The Roar, Scott Pryde has written over 1,100 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket. You can follow him on Twitter @sk_pryde.

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    • Roar Guru

      1:59am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:59am | ! Report

      That’ll do it here on The Roar this evening for our live coverage of the Tour de France. Thanks for joining me for Stage 19 as Edvald Boasson Hagen picked up the stage win. Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      I’ll be back from 9:45pm (AEST) this evening for the penultimate Stage 20 time trial in Marseille.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      1:56am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:56am | ! Report

      GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

      1. Chris Froome (Sky) @ 83:26:55
      2. Roman Bardet (AG2R) + 0:23
      3. Rigeberto Uran (Cannondale) + 0:29
      4. Mikel Landa (Sky) + 1:36
      5. Fabio Aru (Astana) + 1:55
      6. Dan Martin (Quickstep) + 2:56
      7. Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) + 4:46
      8. Louis Meintjes (UAE) + 6:52
      9. Warren Barguil (Sunweb) + 8:22
      10. Alberto Contador (Trek) + 8:34

    • 1:55am
      Sheikh said | 1:55am | ! Report

      Don’t recall seeing the peloton roll in so sedately since they last neutralised a stage (was that 1995, Cassartelli?)

      • Roar Guru

        1:57am
        Scott Pryde said | 1:57am | ! Report

        Before my days of watching the Tour – but you’re right, it’s been a long time. I certainly don’t remember it.

        There was a similar one in the Giro a few years ago I think, but that was neutralised.

    • Roar Guru

      1:54am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:54am | ! Report

      The peloton come over the finish line now, led by Sky.

      Stage 19 is over, the GC is the same and it all comes down to tomorrow, with Froome expected to hang on. Preparation for the peloton though, starts right now.

      Let’s savour the win for Boasson Hagen for now though. What an effort.

      GC update to come in a moment.

    • Roar Guru

      1:49am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:49am | ! Report

      Still waiting on the peloton, and the GC will obviously be posted when that’s confirmed.

      They have 3km to go.

      Tomorrow, of course we have that TT which will decide the final GC. Hopefully, someone can make it interesting and really take the challenge to Froome – Uran, would have to ride the time trial of his life. Based on past results, Bardet is little chance of retaining second or moving up to first.

    • Roar Guru

      1:48am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:48am | ! Report

      TOP TEN
      1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) @ 5:06:09
      2. Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) + 0:05
      3. Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) + 0:17
      4. Daniele Bennati (Movistar) + 0:17
      5. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) + 0:17
      6. Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) + 0:17
      7. Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo) + 0:17
      8. Jan Bakelants (AG2R) + 0:17
      9. Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) + 0:19
      10. Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo) + 1:32

    • Roar Guru

      1:43am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:43am | ! Report

      Well, the peloton are about ten minutes away from the peloton. The only even remotely interesting thing about that is ensuring they all get to the finish line safely.

      Full results to come shortly.

    • Roar Guru

      1:42am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:42am | ! Report

      The rest of the splintered breakaway coming across the line. Ben Swift will be one of the more disappointed riders on route today, missing the split.

      In the end, it may not have mattered given how Boasson Hagen rode through that round-a-bout, going the other way to the majority.

    • Roar Guru

      1:41am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:41am | ! Report

      EDVALD BOASSON HAGEN WINS STAGE 19!
      Well, the rest of the breakaway have watched the stage win disappear around the other side of a round-a-bout. Boasson Hagen, who was robbed of victory during the second week by not even half a wheel is going to bounce back on the streets of Salon-de-Provence!

      It’s not the way we expected him to win, but he is able to celebrate the final 50 metres.

      Arndt comes over in second with the sprint on for third. Keukeleire opens up and no one can come around with Bennati finishing in fourth.

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