Soren Kragh Andersen solo's to stage 19 Victory in Champagnole
Sam Bennett increases Green Jersey lead and Primoz Roglic retains the Yellow Jersey on the final sprint stage ahead of the Individual Time Trial
Søren Kragh Andersen took his second stage win and Sunweb’s third of Le Tour! It was a wonderfully timed move by him to sneak away from a high powered break with 11 kms to go.
The 19th stage on the Tour de France offers a chance for the Sprinters who have survived the Pyrenees, Jura and Alps to showcase their talents. The 160 kilometres race travels from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole.
Lukas Pöstlberger has been bitten by a wasp. He required medical assistance behind the pack. Lukas Pöstlberger has been forced to abandon.
Rémi Cavagna attacked early on and built up a maxmum lead of 2m 30s.
Dylan van Baarle (Ineos), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Cyril Barthe (B&B) and Geoffrey Soupe (Total) attcked out of the peloton and chased Cavagna.
Behind Emanuel Buchmann an the Bora-Hansgrohe team set the pace, not wanting Rémi Cavagna to build up too much of an advantage.
With the peloton chasing Rémi Cavagna, some sprinters including Caleb Ewan was temporarily dropped.
With 47 kms to go Cavagna's took maxium points behind Rolland, Cosnefroy and Luke Rowe attacked out of the peloton.
Green Jersey leader Bennett beat Sagan in the intermediate sprint and gained a few more points on him, ahead by 53 points.
Rolland, Cosnefroy and Luke Rowe joined Cavagna at the front.
With 25 kms to go their were loads of attacks eventually 17 riders broke free; Luke Rowe (Ineos), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale), Sam Bennett and Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Greg van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin (CCC Team), Jack Bauer and Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott), Nikias Arndt and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb).
With 11kms to go Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb). attacked from the breakaway and built up a lead of a minute with 5kms to go.
Tomorrows stage is a Stage 20 from Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles is a 36 km Individual Time Trial.
End of Tour time-trials are very un-predictable, even more so when it is an uphill climb to the top of La Planche-des-Belles-Filles, 5.9kms long at an average of 8.5%.
The position on the final GC podium could dramatically change in an instant.
Tune in tomorrow!
VIDEO: 2020 Tour de France Stage 19 Highlights
2020 Tour de France Stage 19 Top 10
1 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 03:36:33
2 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:53
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:53
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 00:00:53
5 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale 00:00:53
6 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 00:00:53
7 Luke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 00:00:59
8 Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep 00:01:02
9 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:01:02
10 Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team 00:01:02
2020 Tour de France GC after Stage 19
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 79:45:30
2 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:57
3 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 00:01:27
4 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 00:03:06
5 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:03:28
6 Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 00:04:19
7 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:05:55
8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 00:06:05
9 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 00:07:24
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:12:12