Friday July 25th, 2014

Stage 19Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour / Bergerac

Start 12h25 (Local time)

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Ramunas Navardauskas became the first Lithuanian to win a stage at the Tour de France as he claimed a solo victory in Bergerac in a crashed marred finale that took Peter Sagan down and prevented the sprinters from coming across to the last attacker who had jumped in the côte de Monbazillac. It was a well deserved victory for Garmin-Sharp after a very courageous attempt by Tom-Jelte Slagter. Despite the difficult weather conditions, Vincenzo Nibali retained the yellow jersey with no...

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Points classification leader.

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Best young rider.

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Most aggressive rider.

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Fourth overall, 15 seconds behind Thibaut Pinot and 13 seconds behind Jean-Christophe Peraud, Alejandro Valverde is confident he can make up for lost time in tomorrow's time trial.

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Taken in the crash three kilometres from the finish line in Bergerac, Romain Bardet escaped mostly unhurt and vows to fight in Saturday's time trial to retain his 5th place overall.

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"Besides the fact that it was raining, it's been a quiet stage, for sprinters. At the four kilometres mark, I've let it go and I went a little bit backwards in the peloton. It was important not to take any risk. That was the essential for me. The rain had made the finale difficult. Tomorrow, there won't be any particular risk on the course of the time trial. But I'll honour the yellow jersey, the Tour de France and my team by riding as a leader.


There hasn't been any day in the...

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Held by the collective pile-up which took place  three kilometres from the finish line, Jean-Christophe Peraud escaped unhurt and started gearing up for Saturday's 54-km time trial.

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Sprints are unique on the Tour de France and evolve as the race goes ahead. As a result, bunch sprints are not the same in the first and the third week. 

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Off the bus quotes25.07.2014

Transition stage you said?

After the Pyrenees, a lot of riders would like to believe stage 19 could be a relaxed ride. But with so much at stake for the sprinters teams or outfits yet to win a stage and hoping to go in the right break, a new tough battle is looming on the road to Bergerac.

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Alexander Kristoff emerged in the last three weeks as one of the most versatile sprinters in the bunch to hand Team Katusha two stage wins and a rather fruitful Tour de France.

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How was the first time ?25.07.2014

Alex Howes - "A crazy wild circus"

His first experience of France was not exactly a great memory. Sent to improve his cycling skills at VC La Pomme in Marseille, the Colorado rider had spent a year mostly wasting his time among hosts quite foreign to his personality and awkward sense of humour.

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The peloton will probably want to play it cool after three days in the Pyrenees and before a long 55-km time trial and what a better place to relax than Marciac at kilometer 9.5?

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Sporting stakes25.07.2014

Last occasion for attackers

It's a flattish stage to bridge the Pyrenees and the wonderful Dordogne province but with 12km to go, there's a 1.3km hill at 7.6% nearby the Monbazillac castle, built in 1550. The local vineyards delivers a sweet wine that goes with foie gras at perfection but the riders' concern will still be centered around either surviving and finishing the Tour or trying to win a stage, finally. This is the last occasion for attackers. They have to break away from far and keep a big lead as they'll get...

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