Friday July 19th, 2013

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

Start 11h00 GMT 2+

Is this the stage when a white jersey gets some red dots?

Sporting stakes18.07.2013Stage 19- Bourg-d??Oisans / Le Grand-Bornand

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 the final 60km, this is a day when Movistar is likely to try for a repeat of what it did to Sky in the Pyrenees: attack early, isolate the race leader Chris Froome and see if they can get time.

The difference in the Alps, however, is that the outright leader of the Spanish team is a Colombian, Nairo Quintana. The young man who will surely win the white jersey in his Tour debut is hungry for more prizes: he's now in third place overall and although he's accepted the fact that Froome is completely in charge of the yellow jersey, he's hoping to make up the seven point lag he has in the climbing competition. Furthermore, there's the dream of a podium finish in Paris two days later.

Add into the mix the fact that Alberto Contador lost time to Froome on the road to Alpe d'Huez – and that his team-mate Roman Kreuziger has dropped off a podium position – and we'll find out of Saxo-Tinkoff has anything left in their tank. The Spaniard loves attacking and this is a stage that suits him well. He's finished second at Le Grand Bornand in the past and a similar result will help him consolidate his position on GC.

Once again it will be a test of every element of a cyclist: stamina, climbing ability, bike handling, team support and composure. Stage 19 has a little bit of everything for the fans and for the overall favourites... but there are others who will be just happy to reach the finish. Paris is almost on the horizon but first there are a few mountain passes to overcome.

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

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