Tour de France Stage 19 Report

July 19, Stage 19: Bourg d’Oisans – Le Grand Bornand 204.5km

Costa wins second Tour de France stage in Grand Bornand

Article Content from Report By: Susan Westemeyer Published: July 19

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Rain pelts peloton in the Alps



Rui Costa (Movistar) won his second mountain stage at the Tour de France, soloing through the rain to win the 19th stage in Le Grand-Bornand. He attacked on his own with 66 kilometers to go, and powered his way though at times heavy rain to the victory. Second place went to veteran Andreas Klöden (RadioShack-Leopard), 48 seconds later, with his teammate Jan Bakelants third at 1:43.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) led the race for some 130 kilometers before Pierre Rolland (Europcar) took over, with his place eventually taken by Costa. The course was custom-made for the climbers, starting with two HC climbs and ending with three more climbs, the last one only 13 kilometers away from the finish line.

It was a quiet day on the GC front, with the top riders spending much of their day together. At the end, the top seven all remained the same. Mick Rogers (Sky) dropped out of the top ten, as did Laurens ten Dam (Belkin). Daniele Navarro (Cofidis) moved up from 13th to eighth, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) up to ninth, with Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) dropping from ninth to tenth.

Froome admitted he was relieved the stage ended without any major attacks.

“There’s a definite sigh of relief after this stage,” he said. “It’s one of stages that we were most worried about on paper, it was the stage with the most climbing in it and with the way the weather was, there was potential for things to get out of control. I have to be thankful to my teammates for getting me this far and doing an incredible job.”

“I was ready for anything after how this Tour de France has gone. The guys did take it up and attack on the final climb and went pretty quick down other side in the rain. I’m happy today is out of the way. “

Froome refused to think that overall victory was assured with only one mountain stage left to race before heading to Paris.

“I don’t want to get complacent at this stage. Tomorrow is only 125km long but it’s one more day to get out the way before relaxing and finally heading to Paris,” he said.

How it happened

It was another day full of climbing, and it got off to a brutal start as much of the peloton tried to get into the day’s breakaway. It took a while to sort things out, but eventually Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) and Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) took the lead. They were followed by a huge group of about 40.

No one in the lead gave cause for alarm for the GC, so the Team Sky-led peloton was happy to let them go. The gap quickly grew to over seven minutes, even hitting over 12 minutes along the way.

The chase group changed along the way, as riders attacked on the first climb, the hors categorie Col du Glandon. The two leaders went over the top with three minutes over their nearest chasers and nearly eight minutes over the peloton.

There were a number of crashes and abandons on the day. Garmin-Sharp’s Jack Bauer went face-first into a barbed-wire fence and had to leave the race, and later Lotto Belisol’s Marcel Sieberg crashed on a descent and left with a suspected fractured collarbone.

The second hors categorie climb of the day followed almost immediately, the Col de Madeleine, and brought one of the surprises of the day, as sprinter and notorious non-climber Mark Cavendish jumped from the peloton, along with Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates Michal Kwiatkowski and Jerome Pineau.

Along the way up, Izagirre was unable to stay with Hesjedal and dropped back. The Canadian continued on alone, with Europcar’s Pierre Rolland moving up from the chase group in pursuit. Having spent 11 days in the King of the Mountains jersey and coming into the stage 46 points down – there was a chance to make up ground on Froome on a day full of big climbs.

The Frenchman caught Hesjedal before the summit then took off to secure the points. He then waited for the Garmin rider and thanked him for allowing him to do so.

They stayed together on the long descent and through the flat middle section, but on the third climb, the category 2 Col de Tamie, Rolland attacked again. Hesjedal had been in the lead for some 130 kilometres, but fell back quickly, looking exhausted as he was eventually passed out the back of the peloton.

On the final climb of the day, the Col de la Croix Fry (category 1), the sky started getting threateningly dark. Daniele Navarro (Cofidis) tried to attack on the climb, but he was soon joined by others. Only about a minute ahead of him, Rolland was starting to struggle.

Heavy rain began to fall, first on the peloton and then drenching everyone. It didn’t seem to bother Rui Costa, who attacked out of the chase group and quickly caught Rolland with 19 kilometres to go and the duo drove through the wet together only a short distance. Costa had the fresher legs and easily left Rolland behind him.

A group of four soon gave chase, Andreas Klöden and Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Leopard), Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) and Bart De Clerq (Lotto Belisol). Nieve dropped off, his place taken by Daniele Navarro (Cofidis)

The peloton was more than nine minutes back and would have obviously have no effect on the outcome of the race, but the battle for GC remained. Froome looks fixed in first place, but Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was not ready to accept his 11th place ranking, and attacked, soon to be joined by John Gadret (AG2R), but they didn’t get away.

Costa took the final top mountain points and then set off on the wet 13 kilometre descent with about a minute over his nearest chaser, Andreas Klöden. Mercifully the rain let up as the finish line approached.

A high-powered group broke from the peloton as it neared the final mountaintop: Valverde, Contador, Rodriguez, Quintana, Froome and Gadret. The latter soon took off again with Valverde.

Up ahead, Costa easily cruised in for his second stage win at this Tour, even taking the time to drop back to the team car for early congratulations. 38-year-old Klöden came in second, with teammate Bakelants third, about a minute later.

Gadret and Valverde were not quite able to stay away, and the Spaniard led the way across the finish line 8:40 down, with the Froome group right behind them.

Pierre Rolland (Euorpcar) was determined to take back the polka-dot jersey which he held so long earlier in the race, taking the mountain points along the way, and his chances are looking good. While he failed to take the polka dot jersey outright today, he will wear it tomorrow with the knowledge he is just one point behind Froome. Look for the Frenchman off the front on Saturday on a stage that features a category 2 climb, three category 3 ascents and one category 1 mountain before the grand finale hors categorie finish.

General classificatioin after stage 19
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 77:10:00
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:05:11
3 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:05:32
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:05:44
5 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:05:58
6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:08:58
7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:09:33
8 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:12:33
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:14:56
10 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:16:08
11 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:16:09
12 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:16:24
13 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:17:49
14 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:19:04
15 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:20:00
16 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:24:53
17 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:30:22
18 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:33:12
19 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:37:11
20 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:37:53
21 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:38:08
22 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:40:40
23 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:42:13
24 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:42:16
25 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:43:42
26 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:44:24
27 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:48:30
28 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:50:55
29 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:51:26
30 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) 0:52:07
31 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:53:11
32 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:55:23
33 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1:03:25
34 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 1:04:31
35 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:08:21
36 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 1:13:00
37 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 1:16:10
38 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1:17:38
39 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:20:52
40 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 1:23:21
41 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 1:23:43
42 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) 1:24:48
43 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:25:53
44 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:26:01
45 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:29:00
46 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:30:58
47 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 1:31:40
48 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 1:33:55
49 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 1:34:39
50 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 1:36:11
51 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 1:36:41
52 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 1:36:44
53 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 1:39:07
54 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 1:41:15
55 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 1:41:45
56 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:42:00
57 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 1:42:50
58 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:43:38
59 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:51:00
60 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:51:32
61 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 1:52:02
62 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 1:52:03
63 Arthur Vichot (Fra) 1:53:25
64 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) 1:53:51
65 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:58:02
66 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:58:21
67 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 2:00:06
68 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:00:48
69 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 2:04:09
70 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:04:18
71 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 2:06:01
72 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:07:54
73 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 2:08:49
74 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 2:09:33
75 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:10:41
76 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:14:39
77 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 2:14:42
78 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 2:15:04
79 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 2:15:40
80 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2:15:46
81 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:17:22
82 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:17:38
83 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun 2:19:20
84 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:20:09
85 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 2:21:47
86 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:26:28
87 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2:27:27
88 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2:27:38
89 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 2:27:51
90 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2:27:57
91 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 2:30:32
92 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:30:35
93 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:30:49
94 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 2:31:35
95 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:34:05
96 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:34:11
97 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 2:35:13
98 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:36:59
99 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:37:12
100 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 2:37:39
101 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 2:37:58
102 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:39:59
103 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 2:41:23
104 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 2:43:31
105 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:45:38
106 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:45:54
107 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 2:46:06
108 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2:46:20
109 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 2:46:29
110 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2:46:41
111 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 2:47:30
112 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 2:47:38
113 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 2:50:04
114 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:52:17
115 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 2:52:33
116 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 2:53:54
117 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 2:57:43
118 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:59:20
119 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2:59:48
120 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 3:01:58
121 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 3:02:23
122 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3:05:35
123 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:07:26
124 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:08:17
125 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 3:08:25
126 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:08:53
127 Jérémy Roy (Fra) 3:09:05
128 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:09:29
129 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 3:10:33
130 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:15:00
131 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3:16:15
132 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 3:16:32
133 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) 3:18:28
134 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:19:29
135 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 3:19:46
136 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:20:43
137 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 3:21:26
138 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 3:21:27
139 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:21:44
140 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 3:23:47
141 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:24:10
142 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:24:15
143 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3:24:29
144 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3:24:30
145 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 3:24:38
146 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 3:24:44
147 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:25:08
148 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:25:28
149 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:26:58
150 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:27:50
151 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:30:33
152 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:33:42
153 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:33:58
154 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:36:27
155 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:36:29
156 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 3:36:44
157 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3:36:53
158 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:38:11
159 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 3:39:10
160 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 3:39:24
161 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 3:40:57
162 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 3:40:59
163 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:41:05
164 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:42:18
165 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 3:44:39
166 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 3:45:02
167 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 3:47:18
168 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 3:53:55
169 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 3:56:43
170 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 3:58:40


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