Stage Report: For some riders, stage 19 was a pre-time trial rest day, but the battle for the green jersey caused another day of excitement. Sunweb’s Søren Kragh Andersen went solo in the finalé for his second Tour stage win after his stage 14 victory. The GC men rode home at their leisure to stay in the same positions.
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The two top men of the 2020 Tour de France
Stage 19 Route:
Tour director, Christian Prudhomme describes the stage: “Two days before the end of the race, the title and podium contenders might have the freedom to start focusing on the challenge that awaits the following day. It’ll therefore be up to the sprinters having survived the Alps to seize this opportunity to shine. The finish is really made for strong men.”
Today’s stage had a solo breakaway. The French TGV of Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Rémi Cavagna, attacked alone, 161 kilometres from the finish. Cavagna’s attempt took some pressure off his team, as there was no need for sprinter and green jersey wearer Sam Bennett and his team to do any work behind.
Stage 19 was very important for the green jersey battle
Cavagna rode at an average speed of almost 51kph in the first hour, partly thanks to the tailwind. The Frenchman was too fast for a group of pursuers. Dylan van Baarle, Geoffrey Soupe and Max Walscheid were unable to make get across. Initially, Guillaume Martin and Cyril Barthe were also in that group, but they dropped back to the peloton. Not much later, Van Baarle, Soupe and Walscheid were also swallowed up.
Primoz Roglič protecting his yellow jersey before the important time trial on Saturday
In the peloton, BORA-hansgrohe led the chase for Peter Sagan. The German team kept the difference to between 2 and 3 minutes for a long time. When the gap between Cavagna and the peloton was 1 minute, BORA eased off a bit. The race was then a cat-and-mouse game between the attacker and the sprinter teams.
A fine autumn day for the Tour
At 50 kilometres from the finish, the peloton counterattacked in a slightly hilly zone. Benoît Cosnefroy, Pierre Rolland and Luke Rowe got together and soon joined Cavagna. At the intermediate sprint, Bennett again defeated Sagan taking more points in the green jersey classification. After the sprint the peloton got nervous on the narrow roads. There was an attack and a crash.
Tadej Pogačar up near the front
A group with Greg Van Avermaet, Tim Declercq, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Nils Politt, Mathieu Burgaudeau, Jasper Stuyven, Valencin Madouas, Omar Fraile, Søren Kragh Andersen and Casper Pedersen chased and joined the four front riders with 36 kilometres to go. BORA-hansgrohe and Mitchelton-Scott put a stop to this and brought the entire group back.
BORA-hansgrohe keeping the speed high before the intermediate sprint
The hills in the Jura and the fast pace through the attacks put Caleb Ewan into trouble several times. 30 kilometres before the finish, another twelve riders went away, including Peter Sagan and his shadow Sam Bennett. Rowe, Naesen, Stuyven, Devenyns, Van Avermaet, Trentin, Bauer, Mezgec, Arndt and Kragh Andersen were also there and they quickly took a minute on the peloton.
A lot of TT training for Rémi Cavagna
The chase was on behind Cavagna
Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bryan Coquard and Hugo Hofstetter counterattacked, but were too late to make the jump across. Lotto Soudal was the only sprinter team without a man in the front ranks and was therefore dependent on chasing, but Frederik Frison and Thomas De Gendt saw that it was a hopeless mission. The difference continued to increase, towards 3 minutes.
Andersen solo again
A minute in hand for Andersen at the finish
Fifteen kilometres to go and Søren Kragh Andersen took advantage of a quiet moment in the leading group. The Lyon stage winner immediately had a gap of 20 seconds because the pursuers were looking at each other. On the descent towards Champagnole, the Sunweb Dane managed to extend his lead to 40 seconds and when entering the final K he had a 1 minute lead.
Another stage win for Andersen
Nothing stood in the way of a second stage victory for Kragh Andersen. He also scored the third stage victory for his team, after his other victory and that of Marc Hirschi.
The green jersey should be safe for Sam Bennett
At 53 seconds from the stage winner, Luka Mezgec sprinted to second place, ahead of Jasper Stuyven, Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen. Behind that, Bennett beat his competitors in the green jersey competition, Sagan and Trentin in the sprint for the points. The peloton crossed the finish line at more than 7:30.
No change on the overall
Stage winner, Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb): “I have to say that, in the last kilometres, I was actually screaming in pure disbelief. I got two stage wins on the same Tour de France… It’s incredible. I’m speechless. When I saw who was in the breakaway group, I realized I was in the mix with some of the best riders of the world for this type of race. I honestly didn’t know how to beat them, and I was on my limit too. But then I realised that, if I managed somehow to get a small gap, it may enable me to pull it off… And that’s exactly what happened. This is a memory I will carry in my mind for the rest of my life.”
# Keep it PEZ for the final two stages. #
Tour de France Stage 19 Result:
1. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb in 3:36:33
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:53
3. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC
5. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Sunweb
7. Luke Rowe (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:59
8. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:02
9. Peter Sagan (Slo) BORA-hansgrohe
10. Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC.
11. Jack Bauer (NZ) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:07
12. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:15
13. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling at 3:53
14. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation at 3:53
15. Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
16. Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 7:38
17. Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
18. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar
19. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren
20. Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain-McLaren
21. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling
22. Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie
23. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana
24. Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
25. Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 19:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 83:29:41
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE Team Emirates at 0:57
3. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 1:27
4. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 3:06
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 3:28
6. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 4:19
7. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 5:55
8. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling at 6:05
9. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 7:24
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 12:12
11. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren at 12:31
12. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 13:16
13. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 17:48
14. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 28:03
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 35:54
16. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 53:33
17. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic at 57:49
18. Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept at 1:00:13
19. Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar at 1:11:30
20. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 1:19:57
21. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 1:26:54
22. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 1:27:52
23. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 1:30:51
24. Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo at 1:31:32
25. Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:32:24.