Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Tignes

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Stage Date: Friday, July 26, 2019
Description: The journey through the Alps continues with a dynamic stage that will take the riders to the summit of the 2019 Tour at the Col de l’Iseran (2 770m) that will only be reached for the eighth time in the history of the Tour. It is precisely when going up towards the highest road pass in Europe that Louison Bobet had bid farewell to the Tour in 1959 but also where Claudio Chiappucci took off before winning in Sestrières in 1992.
Distance: 127
Departs: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France
Arrives: Tignes, France
Stage Type: Road Race
Classification: High Mountain
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Unprecedented scenes on the Tour de France today. There was some outstanding racing action on the penultimate climb of the day over the Col de l'Iseran which saw Egan Bernal attack strongly and put himself into the virtual yellow jersey on the road. Mother Nature then played the next card with a flash blizzard causing a landslide which saw tonnes of mud and ice cover the road at the bottom of the descent. Despite frantic and ultimately fruitless efforts to clear the road, the race organisers had no alternative but to abandon the finish of the race.

In the end, the decision was made to halt the race as at the top of the Col de l'Iseran, and no stage classifications were awarded.

However, the General Classification was set from the summit, which means Egan Bernal is now the new race leader.

 

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