One year after he became the first Slovenian to win a Tour de France stage after cresting the Galibier in the lead, former ski jumper Primoz Roglic powered to victory in the downhill following the col d’Aubisque. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider moved into the top 3 ahead of the individual time trial, 2’29’’ down on yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas.

146 riders took the start of stage 19 in Lourdes. Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) rode away after 5km of intense racing. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Bob Jungels (Quick Step) and Tanel Kangert (Astana) came across to them at km 21. 12 riders gathered behind them: Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ), Warren Barguil and Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Samsic), Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Andrey Amador and Daniele Bennati (Movistar), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step), Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and the peloton finally could take some respite after 35km of hard racing that put green jersey holder Peter Sagan into trouble. It became a front group of 18 riders at km 58. The maximum time gap was 5’07’’ at km 39. Katusha-Alpecin paced the peloton to defend Ilnur Zakarin’s twelfth place overall.

 

Source: Le Tour

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