Final Tour de France Mountain Stage 20 Slashed as Torrential Weather causes Landslides

Due to damage from the storm, two of the three climbs on Saturday's Stage 20 have been eliminated, reducing the day's course from 81 to just 37 miles

Photo: Cormet de Roselend closed for business

Cormet de Roselend closed for business

Stage 20 the final Mountain stage was to be another difficult but breathtakingly beautiful day in the Alps with the climb of the Cormet de Roselend and Cote de Longefoy and a finish atop Val Thorens.

The new route retains the final 33.5 km climb to Val Thorens with the climbs of the Cormet de Roselend and Cote de Longefoy removed. The penultimate stage will begin in Albertville at 14:30CET with a route less than half the original distance. The climb of Val Thorens, is 33.5 km averaging 5.5 per cent that climbs up to 2,365m in altitude.

The slashing of the stage shortens the action for the overall contenders.

Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) leads the mountains classification with 86 points ahead of Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) with 74. 40 points will be available at the top of the final climb, so the Polka Dot could change hands.

After today's Chaotic stage that was cut short, Egan Bernal is in the Yellow jersey 48 seconds ahead of Alaphillpe and 1m 16s back to Thomas. Alaphillpe is likely to defend his podium place but Team Ineos's Bernal and Thomas are likely to attack again. Steven Kruijswijk and Emanuel Buchmann will both be eyeing a podium spot too.

Stage 20 is the penultimate stage of the race before it concludes in Paris on Sunday, but it is typically the last stage in which any change in the overall standing can be made.

2019 Tour de France GC Top 5 after Stage 19 

1 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos 78:00:42 
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:48 
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:01:16 
4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:28 
5 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:55 

Photo: New Stage 20. Credit: la Flamme Rouge

New Stage 20. Credit: la Flamme Rouge

 
Tag: tourdefrance
 
Jul 28 2019 - NEWS: Egan Bernal wins 2019 Tour de France as Caleb Ewan wins final Sprint
Jul 27 2019 - NEWS: Egan Bernal wins the Tour de France as Nibali clinches final mountain stage
Jul 26 2019 - NEWS: Egan Bernal in Yellow as Freak Hailstorm shortens decisive Tour de France stage
Jul 26 2019 - NEWS: Final Mountain Stage Slashed as Torrential Weather causes Landslides
Jul 25 2019 - NEWS: Julian Alaphilippe defends the Yellow Jersey as Egan Bernal attacks
Jul 24 2019 - NEWS: Luke Rowe and Tony Martin disqualified after fight breaks out in the Tour de France
Jul 24 2019 - NEWS: Tour de France enters the Alps with three Mountainous Stages
Jul 24 2019 - NEWS: Matteo Trentin delivers Mitchelton-Scott’s fourth stage victory
Jul 23 2019 - NEWS: Caleb Ewan strikes again as Alaphilippe keeps the Yellow Jersey
Jul 19 2019 - NEWS: Watch: Sagan Strikes Again with One Handed Wheelie, Up Hill, on his Time Trial Bike!
Jul 21 2019 - NEWS: Simon Yates wins stage as Thibaut Pinot attacks his Rivals
Jul 20 2019 - NEWS: Double Delight for French Fans as Pinot wins atop the Col du Tourmalet
Jul 19 2019 - NEWS: Watch: Wout Van Aert crashes out of the Tour de France in Horror Crash
Jul 19 2019 - NEWS: Alaphilippe, the darling of France, Shocks the Tour, with Time Trial Win!
Jul 18 2019 - NEWS: Briton's Simon Yates wins the first mountain stage in the Pyrenees
Jul 06 2019 - EVENT: 2019 Tour De France