With an attack in the ascent to the col de la Croix-de-Fer, 59km before the finish at La Toussuire, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali made it up for his disillusion of the first week of the Tour de France as he bounced back to brilliantly win the Alpine queen stage. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey ahead of the grand finale at l'Alpe d'Huez.
It's pretty cool to wear the polka dot jersey for climbing L'Alpe d'Huez tomorrow. It was my goal this morning but I didn't manage to make the first move. I've had to deal with a lot of emotions since I won yesterday. I've had to give it all to get this fifth place today. It's gonna be hard to keep the jersey tomorrow but I'm ready to bury myself. I didn't come to the Tour with that goal but I'll go for it now.
The stage in videos
- On-board camera
- The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
- Landscape of the day
- Buzz of the day
- La minute maillot jaune LCL
- [Official Teaser] Tour de France 2015
- Stage Analysis by Cedric Coutouly...
- Safety 2015
- La Grande Chartreuse
- The towns 2015 : visit La Toussuire
The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 24/07/2015 - 19ème Etape - Saint Jean de Maurienne / La Toussuires-Les Sybelles - 138km - Le grupetto © ASO/X.Bourgois
A sporting view
Often on the program of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne has already hosted the prologue of the 2011 edition claimed by an impressive Lars Boom. Since then, the Tour de France enjoyed a nice start in the city of the Opinel knife in 2012. On that day, the strongest man was David Millar, winner of the stage heading to Annonay Davézieux after being part of a breakaway and eventually outsprinting Jean-Christophe Péraud.
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
Specialities: Mont Corbier liqueur, Savoie, reblochon, abondance, Beaufort (all cheeses, Opinel knives
Economy: aluminium, tourism, freight
Sports: skiing, bicycle touring, hiking
Celebrities: John the Baptist, Umberto of Savoy, Jean-Noël Augert, Jean-Baptiste Grange (skiers), Damien Spagnolo (MTB), Pierre Balmain (designer), Joseph Opinel (cutler)
Festivals: Quinzaine culturelle, Festival of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (theatre, performing arts), Saint-Jean Festival, bread festival
La Toussuire - Les
The last finish of the Tour de France at La Toussuire was one of the many turning moments in the recent renewal of French cycling. Already revealed to the world on the previous year thanks to his win at l'Alpe-d'Huez and the White Jersey he conquered in Paris, Pierre Rolland enjoyed another moment of glorious climbing, eventually winning his second alpine stage. Behind him, Thibaut Pinot confirmed what a talented climber he was after his earlier triumph in Porrentruy: at only 22 years of age he would capture second spot ahead of Chris Froome, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Vincenzo Nibali and Bradley Wiggins.
Tourist resort in Savoie (73) attached to Fontcouverte. There are 2,500 inhabitants in the Sybelles domain, 570 at Fontcouverte
Specialities: alpine lamb, matouille (fondue), rioute (pastry), Mont Corbier liqueur, beaufort cheese, crozets of Savoy (pasta)
Economy: skiing, hiking
Sport: skiing, cyclosport
Personalities: Jean-Pierre Vidal, Jean-Noël-Augert, Gabriel Rivas, Maurice Adrait (skiing)
Festivals: Rencontres Toussuire Sports, Gastronomy Week (August)a
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