Final Alpine stage of Tour de France cut by more than half

Final Alpine stage of Tour de France cut by more than half

Little did the Team INEOS rider know that put him in pole position to take the top step of the podium for the first time in Paris on Sunday, as times were taken at the top of Col de l'Iseran - although no stage victor was declared. The only one with a team-mate left in the race was Kruijswijk who had trusted lieutenant Laurens De Plus on a barnstorming day where he had set a pace that the majority of the GC candidates couldn't follow.

'It was G's decision, ' the 22-year-old said of Thomas. Last year, he helped Chris Froome and eventual 2018 victor Geraint Thomas.

The Col d'Iseran, the highest paved road in Europe, appears to be cursed for the Tour de France.

With opportunities running out for rivals aiming to unseat him, Alaphilippe knew he'd be in for a torrid time among the huge barren slopes of scree leading to the Galibier, rising to a lung-burning 2,642 meters (8,668 feet) above sea level and first climbed by the Tour in 1911.

However, several teams were thought to be unhappy with the outcome and the results may take some time to become official.

They later confirmed that there would be no stage victor, although Bernal was the biggest victor on the day, taking command of the race and settling the Team Ineos leadership conundrum after dominating again defending champion Geraint Thomas. Today, Thomas helped him defended and rode himself into second at 1:11.

The 106th Tour de France will go down as one of the most exciting and unpredictable in years, heightened by the face that Saturday's penultimate stage was shortened due to adverse weather conditions.

He said: "It will need some time to sink in and for me to realise what's happening". Bernal led the fight behind at 17 seconds, finishing hand-in-hand with Thomas.

Nibali made the decisive move on the 33.4km climb to Val Thorens 13 kilometres from the summit, just as Alaphilippe was going the other way off the back of the main group.

Bernal also won the white jersey of best young rider.

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Just when you thought that any team was gaining dominance and everything became predictable, it suddenly changed.

The 19th stage of the Tour de France was expected to be a significant one. Bernal is causing a stir in Colombia. Thomas says there were no rivalries.

They later confirmed that there would be no stage victor, although Bernal was the biggest victor on the day. "I felt that since Sunday in the Pyrenees I could do it and I knew I would have done it but we will never know", Pinot told reporters. "The call was made for Egan to go and hopefully that would kick if off a bit, but it didn't".

"A five-year deal in cycling is exceptional, but Egan is an exceptional talent".

In hindsight, our saving grace was that we have already won four stages and as much as we feel like we were robbed, the beauty of having to perform in such extreme environments is that despite the fact that we might try and control everything as much as possible, Mother Nature always has the last say. There were talking to me in English and I was not sure.

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