Friday July 19th, 2013

Stage 19Bourg-d'Oisans / Le Grand-Bornand

Start 11h00 GMT 2+

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Stage summary19.07.2013 in 17:29Costa: up, down... and onward to victory (again)!

For the second time in four days, Rui Costa has won a stage of the Tour de France by attacking the final climb, opening a good gap on his rivals and holding them all off with a speedy descent. The Portuguese rider won in Gap by flying up and over the col de Manse and on the road to Le Grand Bornand, he did the same. The launch pad that he used this time was the col de la Croix Fry and he was never challenged even though the riders in second and third were both from the RadioShack-Leopard...

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interview19.07.2013 in 18:40Peter Sagan: "If I win, that's fine, if not, it doesn't matter"

Another stage, another day closer to standing on the podium in Paris to collect another green jersey as winner of the points classification.

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interview19.07.2013 in 18:36Rui Costa: "We'll see what the future holds"

For the second time in four days, the Portuguese star Rui Costa has attacked the final climb to take a stage victory in the Tour de France.

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interview19.07.2013 in 18:23RadioShack-Leopard gets closer...

The team classification is one of the most exciting competitions in the Tour de France of 2013. With one mountain stage to go, we still don't know the winner. RadioShack-Leopard, was in the third 12'29” behind the leader, Team Saxo-Tinkoff, at the start of the 19th stage in Bourg d'Oisans and it rose up to the runner-up spot at only 3'39”.

The presence at the front of the race of two representatives, Andreas Klöden and Jan Bakelants, second and third in Le Grand Bornand, helped...

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interview19.07.2013 in 18:17Pierre Rolland: "I can not see myself finishing in the top 10 in Semnoz"

For the two years prior to Le Tour 2013, Pierre Rolland has one two stages in the Alps. He tried again in stage 19 but he ended up one point shy of the polka-dot jersey and netted some race numbers as winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award.

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interview19.07.2013 in 18:08Chris Froome: "I don't want to be too complacent at all"

The yellow jersey finished behind some of his rivals but they were all on the same time as one another. On a day when the 2011 Tour champion, Cadel Evans, finished in the 'grupetto' over 35 minutes behind the stage winner it was clear big losses could have come... but it wasn't that way for Chris Froome.

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Sporting stakes18.07.2013 in 19:16Is this the stage when a white jersey gets some red dots?

The finale of the 100th Tour de France was designed to be spectacular. The riders created a performance that lived up to the hype at Alpe d'Huez but stage 19 has the potential to create further changes to the top order of the general classification. The finish in Le Grand Bornand may not be at the top of a mountain but this is arguably the toughest stage of the 2013 race. Up, down, up, down... repeat. Over the col du Glandon, the col de la Madeleine and onward to three nasty climbs inside...

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Newsflashes

17:16The top 10 of general classification after stage 19.

Valverde led the yellow jersey's peloton to the line in Le Grand Bornand. He was 18th in the stage won by his team-mate, Rui Costa.

Chris Froome finished 25th in the stage and will keep the yellow jersey.

The top 10 of GC after stage 19 is:

1. Chris Froome (GBR) SKY

2. Alberto Contador (ESP) TST) at 5'11"

3. Nairo Quintana (COL) MOV at 5'32"

4. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) at 5'44"

5. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP) KAT at 5'58"

6. Bauke Mollema (NED)...

17:11Yellow jersey's peloton home 8'42" behind Costa

Froome has arrived safely at the finish in Le Grand Bornand. He was in the group that was 8'42" behind the stage winner.

17:07Contador calls Froome through for a turn 4km from finish

Contador had been leading the yellow jersey down to the 4km mark and he looked around gesturing for Froome to do a turn but he wasn't interested.

17:05The top five in stage 19

The top five of the penultimate stage in the Alps of the 100th Tour is:

1. Rui Alberto Costa (POR) MOV - 204.5km in 5h59'01" (34.2km/h)

2. Andreas Kloden (GER) RTL at 48"

3. Jan Bakelants (BEL) RTL at 1'44"

4. Alexander Geniez (FRA) FDJ at 1'52"

5. Daniel Navarro (ESP) COF at 1'55"

17:04Only two finish in under six hours

Only two men have covered the route of the 19th stage in less than six hours: Costa in first and Kloden in second.

17:03Victory for Costa!

Rui Alberto Costa has given the Movistar team it's second stage win in the 2013 Tour. He covered the 204.5km course at an average speed of 34.2km/h. He beat Kloden by 46".

17:01Celebrate Portugal! Rui Costa will win again...

Rui Costa can start celebrating. This will be his second Tour stage win in the 2013 edition and the third in his career. He is yet to start throwing salutes but it won't be long before he starts waving to the crowd gathered a the finish in Le Grand Bornand.

16:59Costa: onward to a second stage win!

The Movistar team is going to collect another victory in the 100th Tour de France. Rui Costa is inside the final 3km of the stage and he's on dry roads (while the rest of the riders are on wet roads). He has a lead of 1'00" on his nearest challenger, Kloden (RTL)... the German who finished second in this stage to * in 2004.

16:57Froome catches Contador's group

Froome, Contador, Rodriguez, Valverde, Gadret, Quintana are the riders in the yellow jersey's group.

16:56Porte dropped by Froome's group

The last remaining helper for the yellow jersey, Porte, has been dropped.

16:55Purito attacks peloton

Rodriguez (KAT) is attacking the peloton and he's being followed by Contador and Quintana. They have caught Gadret and Valverde.

16:54Rolland: no polka-dot jersey but a red race number...

Rolland has been voted the winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award for stage 19.

16:54Costa 7km from the finish

It seems that Costa is going to collect another stage win in the 2013 Tour. He is 1'00" ahead of his nearest rival, Kloden, and has just 7km to go.

16:52Valverde and Gadret: 15km from the finish

Valverde and Gadret are still together with 15km to go in the stage. They are about to catch Rojas (MOV) and they are 9'00" behind Costa.

16:51Full result of final climb

The points for the final climb of stage 19 were won by:

1. Costa (MOV) 10pts

2. Kloden (RTL) 8pts - at 55"

3. Bakelants (RTL) 6pts - at 1'30"

4. Navarro (COF) 4pts

5. De Clercq (LTB) 2pts

6. Nieve (EUS) 1pt - at 1'40"

16:48Costa claims 10 points

The stage leader is over the top of the col de la Croix Fry. Costa takes 10 points for first on the final climb of stage 19.

16:47Costa leads by 1'00"

Costa remains in command at the front of the stage. He is parting the crowd at the top of the Croix Fry and is about to begin the 10km descent that leads him to Le Grand Bornand. He has a lead of 1'00" over Kloden and Navarro.

16:46Ten Dam dropped too...

The rider who is 10th overall, Laurens Ten Dam (BEL) has also been dropped by the yellow jersey's peloton.

16:45Schleck, Rogers and Fedrigo dropped

We now see Kreuziger at the front of the peloton that has just spat a few riders out the back, including: Rogers (TST), Fedrigo (FDJ) and Schleck (RTL).

16:44Gadret in pursuit of Valverde

Gadret (ALM) has also attacked the peloton. The Frenchman has Valverde (MOV) in his sights... they are 9'00" behind Costa.

16:43Valverde attacks the peloton

Valverde has set off on an attack at the front of the yellow jersey's group. He started his move with 5.3km to climb.

16:42"Ride like you stole something..." a quote from Croix Fry

The final climb of the 17th stage of the 2004 Tour was the same one that the riders are currently on. At the top, nine years ago, Lance Armstrong told his team-mate at the time, Floyd Landis: "Ride like you stole something!"

It was a green light from the team leader to his domestique to try for the stage win. It didn't happen. Lance stole the win instead...

16:38Rogers leading the peloton

There are still three Saxo-Tinkoff riders at the front of the yellow jersey's peloton that is 9'09" behind Costa. Rogers is the one setting the pace ahead of Kreuziger and Contador. The yellow jersey is on the wheel of the rider in second place overall... and Porte is still there to support Froome.

The yellow jersey's group is now 20km from the finish.

16:345km to climb for Costa

Costa is 5km from the top of the final climb. He is 25" ahead of De Clercq, Bakelants, Kloden, Nieve and Navarro.

16:32Nieve leading three to Rolland

De Clercq (LTB), Nieve (EUS), Navarro (COF), Bakelants and Kloden (RTL) have caught Rolland.

16:30Costa into the lead

Costa rode with Rolland for about 30 seconds and then lifted himself out of the saddle and surged ahead of the Frenchman.

16:29Costa catches Rolland

With 19.5km to go in the stage, Rolland has caught Rolland.

16:28Costa closing in on Rolland

Costa attacked the chase group with 21km to go and he is now just 11" behind Rolland.

16:28Wet finish for stage 19...

Rolland is now riding on wet roads. He is 20km from the finish of the stage and he has a 27" lead on the winner of the stage to Gap, Costa (MOV).

16:27Peloton: 25km from the finish, 9'00" behind Rolland

The peloton is inside the final 25km of the stage and is 9'00" behind the stage leader, Rolland. Roche (TST) continues to set the pace of the pack, with three team-mates behind him.

16:25Pouring rain on the peloton...

Rolland remains dry but the peloton is currently riding through a rain storm. Rogers returns to the front of the yellow jersey pack and delivers some drinks to his team-mates who have been setting the pace since the top of the col de la Madeleine.

16:24Rolland leads by 50"

There are 17 in the chase group that is now 50" behind Rolland.

16:22Rogers calls the team car

Rogers is at the back of the yellow jersey peloton and calling the Saxo-Tinkoff team car. There are still four others from his team at the head of the peloton that is 8'45" behind Rolland.

16:21Counter-attack splits

Navarro (COF) is still on the attack at the front of the chase group. He is 55" behind Rolland (EUC) and we see Nieve (EUS), De Clercq, Bakelants in pursuit of the Spaniard from Cofidis.

16:19Counter-attack on final climb

With 25km to go, the chase group is 1'05" behind Rolland. At the base of the Croix Fry, Navarro (COF) is on the attack but he hasn't gained much ground on his fellow escapees.

16:18Rolland: 25km from the finish - one climb awaits

The Europcar rider who now has 103pts in the climbing classification is 25km from the finish with a lead of 1'10". The final climb is the col de la Croix Fry; it is 11.3km long with an average gradient of 7 per cent. The top is 13km from the end of the stage. He needs just one point to put himself in equal-first in the climbing classification.

16:15Rolland ahead by 1'20"

As he speeds towards the final ascent of stage 19, Rolland's advantage over De Marchi, De Clercq, Burghardt, Moinard, Bakelants, Kloden, Geniez, Bardet, Hernandez, Nieve, Sicard, Costa, Plaza, Coppel, Navarro, Serpa, Gesink, Nordhaug, T. Dumoulin and Geschke is 1'10".

16:11Birthday boy caught by peloton

Didier (RTL), who turns 29 today, has been caught by the peloton.

16:09Feeding allowed until the final kilometre of the final climb

The race jury has announced that feeding is authorised until the final kilometre of the col de la Croix Fry (ie. 14km from the end of the stage).

16:08Rolland leads by 1'40"

Rolland is 1'40" ahead of the chasing group of 19 men.

16:07Porte and Lopez still with Froome: peloton 9'05" behind Rolland

There are four Saxo-Tinkoff riders at the front peloton that has just crested the col de l'Epine 9'05" behind Rolland. The yellow jersey has two team-mates with him: Porte and Lopez.

16:06Burghardt caught by peloton...

Burghardt was one of the attacking riders earlier today. He has just been caught by the peloton that continues to be led by Roche (TST).

16:03Rolland: col de l'Epine in 18'53"

The first rider over the top of the fourth climb covered the 7.3km of the col de l'Epine in 18'53".

16:02Rain falling in Le Grand Bornand

At the site of the finish of stage 19, rain has started to fall and thunder can be heard cracking in the distance. The riders are currently on dry roads but it's overcast and rain can be expected soon...

16:01Full result of the col de l'Epine...

The points for the fourth climb of the 19th stage were won by:

1. Rolland (EUC) 10pts

2. Nieve (EUS) 8pts - at 2'00"

3. Bakelants (RTL) 6pts

4. Coppel (COF) 4pts

5. T. Dumoulin (ARG) 2pts

6. Navarro (COF) 1pt

15:59Izaguirre and Perez caught by peloton

Two of the Euskaltel riders who had been in the break have been reeled in by the peloton.

15:5810 more points for Rolland

Rolland now has 103 points in the climbing classification as he collected 10 for first place at the top of the col de l'Epine.

15:57Siutsou dropped by yellow jersey's peloton

Another Sky rider has been dropped because of the pace being set by Roche (TST).

15:5640km to go: Rolland leads peloton by 9'40"

With the peloton about 4km from the top of the fourth climb, it is 9'40" behind Rolland who is now inside the final 40km of the stage.

15:55Hoogerland caught by peloton

One of the early escapees, Hoogerland (VCD) has been caught by the peloton that continues to be led by five Saxo-Tinkoff riders.

15:55Rolland increases his advantage: 1'50" to chase group

The stage leader was 1'15" ahead of the chase group at the bottom of the col de l'Epine. He is now ahead by 1'50". Rolland has 1km to climb before reaching the top of the fourth climb today.

15:53Yellow jersey's peloton thinning out quickly now...

Kennaugh, Stannard and Thomas (all from SKY) have been dropped by the yellow jersey's peloton that has also spat Hesjedal out the back. The green jersey is also dropped as is the world champion, Gilbert (BMC).

15:51Three Sky team-mates with Froome

While we see five Saxo-Tinkoff riders at the head of the peloton, it's worth noting that there are still three Sky riders with the yellow jersey. The pace at the moment has just dropped Dan Martin (GRS) from the Froome group that has just caught Hesjedal.

15:50Peloton on the col de l'Epine

Tosatto has led the peloton to the bottom of the fourth climb. His pace has spat Millar, Boom and Taaramae out the back of this pack. The bunch is now 10'00" behind the stage leader, Rolland.

15:47Saxo-Tinkoff light it up at the front of the peloton

There are five men from the Saxo-Tinkoff team at the front of the peloton that was 11'00" behind but the next check is likely to have it a lot closer to Rolland as we see Tosatto now setting a very rapid pace on the approach to the col de l'Epine.

15:4245km to go for Rolland: leads by 1'15"

Rolland has a lead of 1'15" over the 21-man chase group with 45km to go. The men in the chase group are:De Marchi, De Clercq, Burghardt, Moinard, Bakelants, Kloden, Geniez, Bardet, Hernandez, Nieve, Sicard, Costa, Plaza, Coppel, Navarro, Serpa, Gesink, Nordhaug, T. Dumoulin and Geschke.

15:36Roche: ??I??m enjoying the adventure?

“This will be my 10th Grand Tour,” said ‘Nico' Roche at the start of the 100th Tour de France. “And it feels like that. The stress and the pleasure is still as strong as the first time but it has come to the moment that I realise I've done quite a few already. But then it's nothing compared to Tosatto who has done 26 Grand Tours (Giro/Tour/Vuelta) and this will be his 27th.

“My first Grand Tour in the Giro I was also a domestique but that was totally different to what my...

15:30Roche continues to set the peloton's pace

Roche has been at the front of the peloton since early on in the descent of the Madeleine. He is still setting the pace for the bunch that is 11'00" behind Rolland.

15:25Rolland now has 93 points...

Rolland had 51 points at the start of the 19th stage in the race for the polka-dot jersey he once wore. He was fifth on the Glandon (12pts), first on the Madeleine (25pts) and first at the Tamie (5pts).

15:23Full list of points winners on col de Tamie

The points for the third climb were won by:

1. Rolland (EUC) 5pts

2. Sicard (EUS) 3pts

3. Serpa (LAM) 2pts

4. De Clercq (LTB) 1pt

15:21Four dropped from group of 28

The first chase group is now composed of 24 men as Izaguirre, Rojas, Cunego and Perez have been dropped on the third climb of the stage.

15:20Rolland at the top of the col de Tamie

Rolland has taken the five points for first place at the top of the category-two col de Tamie.

15:17Peloton 10'35" behind with 5km to climb

The peloton is at the 138km mark and is 10'35" behind Rolland.

15:14Le Mevel quits at the feedzone

Christophe Le Mevel (COF) has abandoned the Tour at the feedzone of the 19th stage.

15:11Hesjedal caught by the 28 riders...

Hesjedal is now in the second group. He was caught about 65km from the finish and he's immediately been spat out the back.

15:09Evans riding in grupetto with Cavendish

There is a relatively large group of riders about 3'00" behind the peloton that is 11'00" behind Hesjedal. Included in this 'grupetto' is the 2011 Tour champion Cadel Evans who is now riding along with sprinters like Mark Cavendish...

15:05Rolland leads by 50"

With 69km to go, Rolland raced into the lead of the stage and left Hesjedal behind. The Frenchman now leads the Canadian by 50".

15:03Rolland goes ahead alone

Early on the slopes of the third climb, Rolland has dropped Hesjedal. The Frenchman is now 32" ahead of Hesjedal.

15:01Full list of counter-attack... 28 men 2'00" behind two leaders

We have finally been read the full list of riders in the second group. Here are the names of the men who are 1'58" behind the two stage leaders...

De Marchi (CAN), De Clercq (LTB), Burghardt (BMC), Moinard (BMC), Bakelants (RTL), Didier (RTL), Kloden (RTL), Geniez (FDJ), Bardet (ALM), Hernandez (TST), Izaguirre (EUS), Nieve (EUS), Perez (EUS), Sicard (EUS), Costa (MOV), Plaza (MOV), Rojas (MOV), Coppel (COF), Navarro (COF), Cunego (LAM), Serpa (LAM), Gesink (BEL), Nordhaug (BEL),...

14:57Chase group closing in on Hesjedal: 2'50"

The second group is now 2'50" behind Hesjdal and Rolland who are riding together again after a brief interruption because of Rolland's rear puncture.

14:55Full result of intermediate sprint

The points for the sprint in Albertville were won by:

1. Hesjedal (GRS) 20pts

2. Rolland (EUC) 17pts

3. Rojas (MOV) 15pts

4. Flecha (VCD) 13pts

5. Perez (EUS) 11pts

6. Sicard (EUS) 10pts

7. Bakelants (RTL) 9pts

8. Didier (RTL) 8pts

9. Cunego (LAM) 7pts

10. Coppel (COF) 6pts

11. Geschke (ARG) 5pts

12. Costa (MOV) 4pts

13. Bardet (ALM) 3pts

14. Plaza (MOV) 2pts

15. Kloden (RTL)...

14:53Rolland with a flat tyre

Rolland is out of the lead as he's just had a rear puncture. He has had a quick service (24") and is now back on his bike and racing to rejoin Hesjedal at the front of the stage.

14:50Eight cars follow two leaders over the line in Albertville

The 20 points were won by Hesjedal. He led Rolland and eight support vehicles over the line in Albertville (at the 129.5km mark).

14:48Leaders at the site of the intermediate sprint

Hesjedal and Rolland are about to contest the sprint for 20 points in Albertville. They are 3'30" ahead of a group of 28 (full list of the counter-attack to follow shortly...).

14:47SBS TV to broadcast Le Tour in Australia until at least 2023

The official broadcaster of the Tour de France in Australia has been SBS. The arrangement with the public broadcaster has been extended with the Managing Director of the network, Michael Ebeid, attending the Tour yesterday to formalise the new agreement.

SBS has shown the race in Australia since 1990 and the new deal means it will broadcast the race until at least 2023.

“SBS has been with cycling since its beginning because we believe in giving exposure to sports which unite...

14:43Composition of the second group of 23

There are 23 riders in the chase group that is 3'35" behind Hesjedal and Rolland. They are:

- De Marchi (CAN)

- De Clercq (LTB)

- Burghardt and Moinard (BMC)

- Bakelants, Didier and Kloden (RTL)

- Geniez (FDJ)

- Bardet (ALM)

- Hernandez (TST)

- Nieve and Sicard (EUS)

- Costa, Plaza and Rojas (MOV)

- Coppel and Navarro (COF)

- Cunego (LAM)

- Nordhaug (BEL)

- Geschke and Timmer (ARG)

- Hoogerland...

14:38Martin, Izaguirre, Kadri... caught by peloton

Numerous riders who were in the early escapes have been reeled in by the peloton including Tony Martin, John Izaguirre, Blel Kadri...

14:36Leaders 1km from feedzone

The two men at the front of the peloton are 1km from the feedzone at the bottom of the long Madeleine descent. The feed is in La Bathie at the 121km mark.

14:34Tosatto, Roche and Contador confer at the front of the bunch

There are still three Saxo-Tinkoff riders at the head of the peloton that is 11'10" behind Hesjedal and Rolland. Tosatto, Roche and Contador just had a chat at the front but now we see Roche talking to Porte and others from the Sky team...

14:28Three Euskaltels lead second group

The counter-attack of about 18 men is being led by the three Euskaltel representatives in the move: Izaguirre, Nieve and Sicard. This group is 4'00" behind Hesjedal and Rolland.

14:26Sieberg abandons after a crash

There is another retirement mid-stage today: Marcel Sieberg (LTB) has crashed and is forced out of the Tour.

14:24Three Saxo-Tinkoff riders lead the peloton

There are three men from the Saxo-Tinkoff team at the front of the yellow jersey's group. The peloton was 12'00" behind at the top of the Madeleine and it is now at 11'20".

14:20Cousin caught by peloton

There are a number of riders who had been in the original escape now being swept up by the peloton that is led by Roche (TST) on the long descent of the col de la Madeleine. The most recent to be caught is Cousin (EUC).

14:15Leading pair inside the final 100km

The escapees - Hesjedal and Rolland - have 100km to go in the 19th stage. They are 4'00" ahead of the nearest riders...

14:14Vichot racing again...

After his crash, Vichot has remounted a bike and he's back in the race... injured and muddy.

14:12Vichot in a crash! Standing but shaken...

The French champion has come tumbling down. Vichot (FDJ) is standing again but he is waiting for the team car after his crash.

14:1219 men: 4'00" behind Hesjedal and Rolland

De Marchi (CAN), De Clercq (LTB), Burghardt, Moinard (BMC), Bakelants, Didier, Klöden (RLT), Geniez (FDJ), Bardet (ALM), Hernandez (TST), Izaguirre, Nieve, Sicard (EUS), Costa (MOV), Coppel, Navarro (COF), Serpa (LAM), Gesink (BEL), Geschke (ARG) and Feillu (SOJ) are now 4'00" behind the two stage leaders.

14:09Peloton over the top 12'00" behind Rolland

The peloton is now on the descent of the col de la Madeleine and it crested the second climb 12 minutes behind Rolland and Hesjedal.

13:59Full results of the col de la Madeleine

1. Rolland (EUC) 25pts

2. Hesjedal (GRS) 20pts

3. Nieve (EUS) 16pts - at 4'00"

4. Bakelants (RTL) 14pts

5. Geschke (ARG) 12pts

6. Costa (MOV) 10pts

7. Didier (RTL) 8pts

8. Sicard (EUS) 6pts

9. Kloden (RTL) 4pts

10. Plaza (MOV) 2pts

13:55Second group arrives at the top of the Madeleine

The group of 18 has just reached the top of the second climb 3'30" behind Rolland.

13:54Hesjedal on the attack

Hesjedal didn't chase after Rolland at the end of the climb to of the Madeleine but he is now on the attack as the road goes down.

13:53Rolland now has 88 points...

Rolland has thanked Hesjedal for now chasing after him at the top of the col de la Madeleine. The Frenchman now has 88 points in the climbing classification he once led. This puts him in fourth place for the time being.

13:51Rolland races ahead for 25 points

The Europcar rider at the front of the stage has led Hesjedal over the top of the col de la Madeleine.

13:44The 18 riders in the second group...

There are 18 men in a group that's 2'20" behind Hesjedal and and Rolland. The chase group is: De Marchi (CAN), De Clercq (LTB), Burghardt, Moinard (BMC), Bakelants, Didier, Klöden (RLT), Geniez (FDJ), Bardet (ALM), Hernandez (TST), Izaguirre, Nieve, Sicard (EUS), Costa (MOV), Coppel, Navarro (COF), Serpa (LAM), Gesink (BEL), Feillu (SOJ).

13:42Peloton now at 12'00"

The Sky team has all seven riders at the front of the peloton, followed by Saxo-Tinkoff riders and RadioShack-Leopard. It is 12'00" behind Hesjedal and Rolland.

13:41O'Grady pacing Evans

O'Grady had spent some time behind the peloton encouraging and helping Svein Tuft after his crash. The veteran of 17 Tours is now at the front of a trio that includes Evans (BMC) and Bennati (TST). The only one of this trio to do a turn is the Orica-GreenEdge rider... and now, after about 10 minutes on the wheel of his compatriot, Evans has accelerated ahead in an attempt to rejoin the peloton.

It didn't appear that a word of thanks was given to O'Grady...

13:38Rolland has caught Hesjdal

With 125km to go, Rolland and Hesjedal have joined forces at the front of the stage.

13:38Hesjedal 125km from the finish

Hesjedal has been on his own at the front of the stage since the 64km mark. He is now 125km from the end of the 204.5km stage. Rolland is withing sight of the Canadian and about to catch the Garmin-Sharp rider.

13:34Cavendish, Pineau and Kwiatkowski recently caught

After going ahead of the peloton on the descent of the Glandon, the Omega Pharma trio Pineau, Cavendish and Kwiatkowski are now back in the peloton of the yellow jersey.

13:31Evans dropped on the Madeleine again...

When Cadel Evans led the Tour de France for one day in the 2010 edition - when he was the reigning world champion - he was dropped by the leaders and lost the yellow jersey after cracking on the Madeleine.

The BMC leader is out the back of the peloton again now...

13:29Hesjedal leads peloton by 11'00"

There have been no attack from the peloton on the Madeleine or Glandon climbs. The bunch continues to be led by riders from the Sky team (with Thomas doing most of the work). It is 11'00" behind the stage leader, Hesjedal.

13:2616 in the counter-attack group

There has been a significant shake up of the 39-man group on the second climb. There are now 16 men together in a group that's about four minutes behind Hesjedal.

13:25Rolland 1st in stage of Madeleine last year

The last time the Tour raced over the col de la Madeleine was in stage 11 last year. Peter Velits was first to the top of the 2,000m high pass but the stage was won by Pierre Rolland. The start that day was in Albertville and the finish was at La Toussuire.

13:23Hesjedal 9km from the top

The stage continues to be led by one of the two Canadians in the Tour. Hesjedal is 9km from the top of the col de la Madeleine. He is 45" ahead of Rolland who was the winner of the stage last year that included this col.

13:20Riblon's group at 3'55"

Riblon is in a group that's 3'55" behind Hesjedal.

13:19Rolland 50" behind Hesjdal

Rolland has won a stage in each of the past two Tours de France: one at Alpe d'Huez in 2011, and one in La Toussuire in 2012. He is now aiming for a third. The leader of the Europcar team is 50" behind Hesjedal with about 10km to climb.

13:16Two join forces behind Hesjedal

Rolland has caught and passed Izaguirre and the former leader of the climbing classification now has Hesjedal ahead... The Canadian is 11km from the top of the col de la Madeleine.

13:12Peloton at 10'00"

Hesjedal is now 10'00" ahead of the peloton, Izaguirre is closest to the stage leader then comes Rolland (at 1'00") a group of 42 (at 1'50").

They have 13km to go climb.

13:10O'Grady riding with Tuft

Tuft is one of the riders to crash on the descent of the Glandon. He is now just drifting off the back of the peloton and a team-mate, O'Grady, is riding with the Canadian and trying to help him over the second climb of stage 19.

13:08Riders being dropped from counter-attack

The group of 38 is thinning out on the Madeleine climb. Some are riding ahead, including Serpa and Costa, while others are being dropped...

13:06Costa and Serpa attack the 38-man group

Costa (MOV) and Serpa (LAM) have ridden ahead of the 36 others who they had been riding with.

13:04Hesjedal leads Izaguirre by 25"

The two who had ridden together since early in this stage - Hesjedal and Izaguirre - are now separated by 25".

13:03Veelers out of the Tour de France

Tom Veelers (ARG) was the 'Lanterne Rouge' after stage 18. The Dutchman has, however, just stepped off the bike and his Tour is over.

13:01Hesjdal drops Izaguirre

On the slopes of the Madeleine - at 69km - Hesjedal (GRS) has ridden away from Izaguirre and the Canadian is on his own at the front of the 19th stage.

13:00Peloton on the col de la Madeleine climb

Thomas (SKY) leads the peloton at the start of the Madeleine climb 8'45" behind Hesjdal.

12:58Rolland 1'20" behind leaders

Rolland is insisting with his attack and he is 1'20" behind Izaguirre and Hesjedal. Riblon, Cunego, Moser and Flecha have been caught by the 38 others early on the Madeleine.

12:53Rolland attacks second group

Rolland (EUC) has attacked Ribon, Cunego, Flecha and Moser and he is thus the third rider in the stage.

12:52Details of the col de la Madeleine

The escapees are on the second col of the day. The Madeleine is 19.2km long with an average gradient of 7.9 per cent. The top is at an altitude of 2,000m and it is at the 83.5km mark of today's stage.

12:51Hesjedal and Izaguirre begin the col de la Madeleine

The advantage of the two stage leaders is 1'35" over the Riblon quinet, 2'00" over the group of 38, 7'15" over Cavendish's trio and 8'20" over the peloton as they begin the ascent of the col de la Madeleine.

12:44Peloton: 10 minutes behind

The advantage of Hesjedal and Izaguirre over the peloton has grown to 10'00".

12:43Tuft in a crash: but riding again...

Svein Tuft has been involved in a big crash but the Canadian is back on his bike after the incident on the descent of the Glandon.

12:43The current situation... 2 lead 5, then 38, 3 and the peloton...

Okay, there are a range of time checks to consider as the riders make their way down the Glandon. Here's a summary...

We have Hesjedal and Izaguirre at the front of the stage (around the 58km mark).

Then comes Moser, Rolland, Riblon, Cunego and Flecha at 1'55".

Then: De Marchi (CAN), Bak (LTB), De Clercq (LTB), Burghardt (BMC), Moinard (BMC), Morabito (BMC), Bakelants (RTL), Didier (RTL), Kloden (RTL), Cousin (EUC), Gavazzi (AST), Geniez (FDJ), Bardet (ALM), Kadri (ALM),...

12:40Composition of 38 rider counter-attack group

The following riders are in the move that is 2'55" behind the two stage leaders:

De Marchi (CAN), Bak (LTB), De Clercq (LTB), Burghardt (BMC), Moinard (BMC), Morabito (BMC), Bakelants (RTL), Didier (RTL), Kloden (RTL), Cousin (EUC), Gavazzi (AST), Geniez (FDJ), Bardet (ALM), Kadri (ALM), Hernandez (TST), Paulinho (TST), Nieve (EUS), Sicard (EUS), Costa (MOV), Plaza (MOV), Rojas (MOV), Coppel (COF), Navarro (COF), Favilli (LAM), Serpa (LAM), Martin (OPQ), Gesink (BEL), Nordhaug (BEL),...

12:35Bauer out of the Tour de France

Bauer (GRS), it seems, was involved in a crash. He has abandoned the Tour de France. There is now one New Zealander left in the peloton.

12:33Three Omega Pharma-Quickstep riders on the attack

Pineau, Cavendish and Kwiatkowski have attacked the peloton on the descent of the col du Glandon.

12:33Bauer a puncture... but not sure if he crashed...

The Garmin-Sharp rider who was named as a crash victim on the descent is Jack Bauer. We are not certain if he fell or just stopped to get a new front wheel after a puncture. Pardon any confusion caused.

12:30Four 2'20" behind stage leaders

Moser, Rolland, Riblon and Cunego are now 2'20" behind the two stage leaders.

12:28Crash on the descent... a Garmin-Sharp rider

There has been a crash on the descent of the col du Glandon. The rider involved is from the Garmin-Sharp team... but that's the only information we have.

12:25Peloton at 8'10"

Hesjedal and Izaguirre are now riding in bright sunshine and you'd never think it had rained only a few minutes ago. They have a lead of 3'00" over Moser, Rolland and Riblon and then comes a group of 38 that is 3'10" behind. The peloton, led by Sky is at 8'10".

12:23Vanmarcke leads peloton a day after climbing Alpe d'Huez in big chainring

Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) is at front of the peloton that crested the col du Glandon 7'50" behind the two stage leaders. The Belkin rider had bike problems yesterday and was forced to do the second ascent of Alpe d'Huez in the 53 chainring... he posted the 42nd best time for the climb, a little over nine minutes slower than Quintana who was fastest.

12:18Result of the col du Glandon

1. Hesjedal (GRS) 25pts

2. Izaguirre (EUS) 20pts

3. Riblon (ALM) 16pts - at 3'10"

4. Moser (CAN) 14pts

5. Rolland (EUC) 12pts

6. Nieve (EUS) 10pts

7. Kadri (ALM) 8pts

8. Martin (OPQ) 6pts

9. Hoogerland (VCD) 4pts

10. Didier (RTL) 2pts

12:14Hesjedal takes 25 points at the top

Hesjedal (GRS) led Izaguirre (EUS) over the Glandon and collected 25 points for the polka-dot jersey competition.

The group of 44 was at the top 3'25" behind the leading pair.

12:12Laurent Didier 29 today

One of the riders in the second group is Laurent Didier. The Luxembourger is riding the Tour for the first time. Today is his 29th birthday.

12:10Peloton 5km from the top

The peloton is at the 28.5km mark, 6'30" behind the two stage leaders who are inside the final 1km of the col du Glandon.

12:09Road dry for stage leaders...

The peloton is now on wet roads and it's raining on the 'Blue Line' but the two at the front have passed through the rain and are now on dry roads. There is 6'30" between the leading pair - Hesjedal and Izaguirre - and the peloton.

12:07Points allocation at the top of the Glandon

The first climb today is rated as 'Hors Category' which means the first 10 at the top get the following points:25, 20, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2.

12:06Bardet also present: best of the second group

We are still trying to get the full list of riders in the second group but can report that Romain Bardet (ALM) is also present and he is the best on GC of those who have been named so far. He is 21st overall after 18 stages, 40'08" behind Froome.

12:03Sky at the front of the peloton: 5'55" behind

Hesjedal and Izaguirre are 2'40" ahead of the first peloton, which we have now been told is composed of 44 riders (not 41).

The peloton is led by Sky and is 5'55" behind the Canadian and Spanish rider.

12:01Raining on the race leaders

The skies have opened up and rain is now falling on the stage leaders but the peloton, for the moment, is still on dry roads as they pedal along 5'45" behind Hesjedal and Izaguirre.

11:5625 of the 41 riders in the second group

We are still trying to confirm the full list of men in the second group (1'30" behind Hesjedal and Izaguirre. But, for the moment, we have 25 of the 41 in the group that is about 2'20" ahead of the peloton.

De Marchi (CAN), Moser (CAN), Bak (LTB), De Clercq (LTB), Burghardt (BMC), Moinard (BMC), Bakelants (RLT), Schleck (RLT), Kloden (RLT), Didier (RLT), Cousin (EUC), Rolland (EUC), Kadri (ALM), Riblon (ALM), Hernandez (TST), Paulinho (TST), Costa (MOV), Plaza (MOV), Rojas (MOV),...

11:50Froome's peloton: 4'15" behind

With the peloton around the 20km mark, it is 4'15" behind the two stage leaders.

11:48Some of the 41 riders in the front peloton

De Marchi (CAN), Moser (CAN), Bak (LTB), De Clercq (LTB), Bakelants (RLT), Kloden (RLT), Didier (RLT), Cousin (EUC), Kadri (ALM), Riblon (ALM), Hernandez (TST), Paulinho (TST), Costa (MOV), Plaza (MOV), Coppel (COF), Cunego (LAM), Serpa (LAM), Nordhaug (BEL), Hoogerland (VCD), Morabito (BMC), Feillu (SOJ)...

But we await confirmation of the full list of men who are 1'30" behind Hesjedal and Izaguirre.

11:41Hesjedal: 61st overall - 1h41'16" behind Froome

The rider doing the most work at the front of the stage is Ryder Hesjedal. He is ranked 61st overall after 18 stages and is well behind the yellow jersey, at 1h'41'16".

11:40Peloton: 3'00" behind Hesjedal and Izaguirre

The two stage leaders are around the 17km mark with a lead of 3'00" on the peloton. We are still awaiting confirmation of the names of those in the second group which is composed of 41 riders, 30" behind the two stage leaders.

11:3441 in the second group

The second group of riders is actually composed of 41 men, not 15...

The peloton is at the 15km mark.

We are waiting on confirmation of the names of all those in the second group but can report that this cluster of riders is 30" behind Hesjedal and Izaguirre and the peloton with the yellow jersey is at 2'30".

11:30Millar waiting for the peloton

Millar (GRS) was one of the riders in the counter-attack but he is about to be caught by the peloton which is now 2'05" behind Hesjedal and Izaguirre.

11:28Cousin back in second group

Cousin (EUC) briefly joined Hesjedal and Izaguirre at the front of the stage but the Frenchman is now back in the second group that is 12" behind.

11:25Some of the names in the second group...

De Marchi (CAN), Bak (LTB), Bakelants (RTL), Kadri and Riblon (ALM), Hernandez and Paulino (TST), Costa and Plaza (MOV), Coppel (COF), Cunego and Serpa (LAM), Gesink (BEL) and Millar (GRS)...

There are three men ahead of this group: Izaguirre (EUS), Hesjedal (GRS) and Cousin (EUC).

The leading trio are 1'40" ahead of the peloton.

11:22Sagan and Quintana beside Froome

Three of the prize jersey wearers are together at the front of the peloton: Froome in yellow, Sagan in green and Quintana in white. Riblon, who wears the polka-dot top today, is in the escape group that is 1'15" ahead.

11:21Hesjedal and Izaguirre at the front

Izaguirre (EUS) has Hesjedal (GRS) with him at the front of the stage.

11:20The attacks continues...: peloton at 1'00"

Sky is letting plenty of riders race ahead of the peloton. Geraint Thomas (SKY) is at the front of the bunch but there are many riders setting off in pursuit of the 39-man group that is currently 1'00" ahead.

11:1939 in the lead of the stage

The 37 men in the counter-attack have caught Izaguirre and Bak just after the official start of the col du Glandon climb.

11:1837 in the counter-attack

There are 37 riders in the second group that includes yesterday's stage 18, Riblon.

11:17Hesjedal leads the counter-attack

There are at least two Garmin-Sharp riders in a large group (about 20 riders) who are 12" behind the two stage leaders. Hesjedal is one of the counter-attacking riders...

11:16Hoogerland now chasing leading pair

There are six Sky riders at the head of the peloton and we've seen Hoogerland set off in pursuit of a group of a large group of riders that is in between the peloton and the two stage leaders, Bak and Izaguirre.

11:13Leaders on the first climb of stage 19

Bak and Izaguirre are on the early slopes of the col du Glandon. This is 21.6km long and has an average gradient of 5.1%. The top is at the 33.5km mark and is 1,924m high. It is ranked 'hors category' so there are 25 points on offer for the first to the top.

11:12No threat to yellow jersey up front

Izaguirre (EUS) is the best on GC of the two stage leaders. He is 82nd overall, 2h04'14" behind Froome after 2,940km of racing in the 100th Tour. Bak (LTB) is 115th overall at 2h29'03".

11:09Five in counter-attack

There are five men in between Bak and Izaguirre and the peloton. The riders involved represent BMC, Euskaltel, Lampre, Argos and Cofidis.

11:07Burghardt sets off after the leading pair...

There are a number of riders trying to close the gap to the Bak and Izaguirre with Burghardt (BMC) leading the way.

11:06Izaguirre and Bak at the front

There are two riders at the front of the 19th stage. Bak (LTB) and Jon Izaguirre (EUS). They went on the attack in the first kilometre and they currently lead the peloton by about 100m.

11:03Racing in stage 19: Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand

The official start of the 19th stage was at 11.02am. We see a BMC rider leading the peloton with Bak from Lotto-Belisol also trying to establish the early escape.

10:58Prize classification review: part 04 ?? white jersey

Nairo Quintana (MOV) seems assured of winning the youth classification in his debut Tour appearance. The Movistar rider who is third overall is well clear of second place, Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQ) – 9th on GC and 9'06” behind the Colombian; then comes Andrew Talansky (GRS) – 12th overall, 10'52” behind Quintana.

10:57Riblon: red race number and spots everywhere

The riders have started rolling through the 3.4km neutral zone. We can see Christophe Riblon (ALM), the winner of stage 18, clad in the polka-dot jersey as well as spotted helmet and knicks... he was also voted the winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award on the day of his stage victory at Alpe d'Huez. He has the red race number on for stage 19.

10:55Prize classification review: part 03 ?? polka-dot jersey

There were double points on offer in the climbing classification for the first rider at the finish of stage 18 which means that Christophe Riblon (ALM) added a big haul to his tally. He was 34th in the race for the polka-dot jersey before the stage to Alpe d'Huez, with just three points, but he's now ranked third with 77pts. He was 2nd over the Rampe du Motty, second at Alpe d'Huez on the first ascent yesterday, and second at the top of the col de Sarenne.

The Frenchman will wear the...

10:54Prize classification review: part 02 ?? green jersey

Peter Sagan (CAN) collected three points by finishing 13th at the intermediate sprint of stage 18. It is the first time since he won the intermediate sprint at the base of Mont Ventoux (stage 15) that the Slovakian who has worn the green jersey since stage three earned any points. But he still has a commanding advantage over his rivals: 380 points, well ahead of Mark Cavendish (OPQ) with 278pts, André Greipel (LTB) with 227pts and Marcel Kittel (ARG) with 177pts.

The intermediate...

10:51Prize classification review: part 01 ?? yellow jersey

Today is the 11th day that Chris Froome (SKY) will wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. He was seventh in stage 18 and admitted afterwards: “This was definitely one of the harder days that we've seen in this Tour but I think that's to be expected: two times up Alpe d'Huez and this late in the race, it's definitely a hard day and also keeping in mind what's coming up tomorrow.”

Despite his need for a feed on the final climb, which cost both him and team-mate Richie Porte a...

10:47Welcome to the live coverage of stage 19

The sun is shining in the Isère and the riders are getting set for an epic stage in the 100th Tour de France which is 204.5km long, going from Bourg d'Oisans at the foot of Alpe d'Huez to Le Grand Bornand in the Haute-Savoie. On the menu are five tough climbs: the ‘hors category' col du Glandon (at 33.5km), ‘hors category' col de la Madeleine (83.5km), the cat-2 col de Tamie (143km), the cat-1 col de l'Epine (165km) and the cat-1 col de la Croix Fry (191.5km).

The peloton will...

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