Tour de France 2021 – Stage 19, as it occurred: Matej Mohoric soloes to superb second win from break

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The peloton comes dwelling 21 minutes down

The UAE Team Emirates squad of yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar cross the road at 20’49” as the peloton comes home to complete the stage. So, there’s no change in the GC standings and no 35th stage win for Mark Cavendish – we will have to wait until the Champs-Elysees until that.

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‘An incredible day for him’ – Wiggins full of praise for Mohoric after Stage 19 victory

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Mohoric’s response to the critics

As he crossed the finish line, Mataj Mohoric put a finger to his lips and then did the old zip-shut sign that Lance Armstrong perfected all those years ago… It’s in response to the police raid on the Bahrain Victorious hotel early yesterday morning in Pau – but given the loaded nature of that celebration, it was probably a bit ill-advised…

Seven minutes pass… peloton still 10km away

The rest of that 20-man break came home in dribs and drabs but we still have a long wait for the yellow jersey, who is being led home by his UAE teammates in a peloton which still has 10km left to ride.

Matej Mohoric wins Stage 19

A third victory on the bounce for Slovenia, a fifth of the race, and a second individual win for Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), who crosses the line in Libourne for a wonderful victory. It’s another 50-odd seconds before Christophe Laporte crosses the line for second place… And Cofidis’s long 13-year wait for a Tour stage win continues.

Final kilometre

Casper Pedersen is the only man chasing behind as Matej Mohoric goes under the flamme rouge and he’s already starting to celebrate with a fist bump and smiles aplenty… What a ride from the Slovenian champion!

6km: Valgren going for second place

The Dane dances clear in pursuit of what will be second place. He’s eventually joined by Laporte and then the others before Zimmermann kicks clear on his own saving-grace ride to the line.

8km: Chase has given up!

And that’s that – it looks like Mataj Mohoric will win a second stage provided he doesn’t have a mechanical or takes a tumble. His lead is 55 seconds as the nine riders behind call it a day and sit up.

10km: Monster Mohoric maintains his gap

It’s quite astonishing what the Slovenian champion is doing: he was one of the original six escapees and so has been on the attack for over 200km today. He was also in yesterday’s break ahead of the Tourmalet. If he holds on it will be his second win of the Tour. Pedersen, Teunissen and Laporte lead the chase behind – but the gap is still 40 seconds.

15km: Chase group splitting up

There’s a lack of coherence in the chase with riders attacking each other wily-nily instead of combining to snuff out the threat – and that sees Mohoric stay at 45 seconds while Franck Bonnamour is off the back, feeling the pinch.

20km: 10 chasers doing an inter-team time trial

Laporte edged ahead for a while but he’s now back with nine other chasers: Teunissen, Stuyven, Theuns, Politt, Valgren, Pedersen, Turgis, Zimmermann and Bonnamour. Mohoric – what a monster – has 38 seconds. The second group is 1’10” again and doubtless out of the image.

24km: Mohoric with a niche now

A stage winner within the opening week, is Mataj Mohoric going to double up? He now has 25 seconds over the primary group and 45 seconds on the second group. The peloton, lest we neglect, is chugging alongside a whopping quarter-hour in arrears.

26km: Ballerini leads chase as Politt kicks on

On the entrance it’s Nils Politt who places in an extended unseated surge on an uphill grind outdoors the city of Creon. It’s the Italian Ballerini who leads the chase behind – he distances the others however then hits the wall, dropping off as the others fly by. And fly by they have to – as a result of Mohoric is the newest rider to roll the die up the street. The Slovenian champion has somewhat hole…

30km: Laporte forces a shake-up

After a foray off the entrance from Davide Ballerini, it’s the Frenchman Laporte who goes clear with intent. In the shake-up that ensues, a cluster of riders are dropped off the again: Bernard, Ballerini, Dillier, Gesbert and Izagirre. They are being pursued by Van Moer, Clarke and Walscheid, who have been already dropped earlier than on that kicker. So as soon as issues settle we have now 12 riders from this break with a niche of 15 seconds over the chasers.

35km: Trio with a small hole

Gesbert bridges over to Rutsch and Bonnamour on this uphill rise – however their hole over the chasers is kind of small. It’s Trek who’re pushing on and making an attempt to shut the hole after a stint from Ballerini. Now Mohoric takes it up – and he wants to as a result of he will not win in a dash, so his finest probability can be an extended-pop from distance.

38km: Relentless assaults on the entrance

Ballerini went clear with three others however Nils Politt introduced them again. Next up we see Jonas Rutsch and Silvain Dillier go clear earlier than being pegged again. Just as it setttles, Rutsch instigates one other transfer which is picked up by Franck Bonnamour – and this actually stretches out the break. Zimmermann, Pedersen and Bernard lead the chase, with Teunissen and Stuyven not far behind as they hit a kicker which takes its toll on many of those escapees. Simon Clarke is basically feeling the ache on this 6% ramp.

43km: First strikes come from the break

Not each rider on this break can afford to wait and never each rider has teammates to fall again on. Indeed, three groups which have by no means received a stage on the Tour are concerned on this break: B&B Hotels, Arkea Samsic and Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert. As for Cofidis – they have not received a stage on the Tour since Sylvain Chavanel in 2008.

And it’s Trek-Segafredo who roll the cube first through the use of their numerical benefit as Stuyven darts clear with a softener. He’s pegged again by Christophe Laporte of Cofidis earlier than Elie Gesbert had a dig – and loses his sun shades within the course of. Next to drive a transfer is Davide Ballerini… It’s going to be a really nail-biting hour from right here to the end.

55km: 10 minutes now for 20 leaders

As the hole continues to develop it’s an opportunity for viewers to benefit from the native castles and chateaux, of which there are lots of…

65km: Eight minutes and rising

With the peloton taking it like a Sunday membership journey, the benefit of the breakaway edges above the eight-minute mark as they proceed driving by these dense pine forests that characterise this neck of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine woods.

70km: Advantage Trek-Segafredo?

With three riders on this breakaway, Trek-Segafredo have to be among the many favourites to take the win in Libourne. Julien Bernard can put together the way in which for each Jasper Stuyven and Edward Theuns, two riders with an excellent kick. Stuyven can go from distance or his fellow Belgian may end it off in a dash – in order that they have choices.

But it’s no finished deal. Davide Ballerini and Christophe Laporte are each quick finishers, whereas Mike Teunissen, Max Walscheid and Anthoy Turgis are all fairly zippy too. Then there’s the likes of Nils Politt, Michael Valgren and Matej Mohoric, who’ve the form of engines that may swimsuit an early assault to defy the chasers.

75km: Cavendish to wait to the Champs

On the day Eddy Merckx got here to the Tour, Mark Cavendish will miss out on a possibility to grow to be the main stage winner in Tour historical past. That’s as a result of this 20-man break will go the gap: the hole is up to 5’30” with the peloton soft-pedalling and letting this one go. None of the 20 riders are within an hour of Pogacar’s yellow jersey so UAE have given their blessing – as have QuickStep, confident that their man Ballerini can do the business.

85km: Breakaway to go the distance?

Israel Start-Up Nation’s chase has proved futile and the gap grows above two minutes for the 20 leaders. This could be a turning-point in the stage because Andre Greipel’s temamates have now given up the ghost and no one else is coming through to take it up…

95km: Gap grows to one minute

There’s a slight easing up in the peloton before Israel Start-Up Nation come to the front to regulate the chase. BikeExchange have one man there to help, while Wout van Aert is near the front as well, as is Mark Cavendish and his QuickStep train. They have Ballerini out ahead so that’s a reason not to chase – but they’re probably also thinking that now would be a good time to nullify the threat if that’s what they intend to do.

100km: Two groups come together

The six leaders are caught by the 14 chasers so we now have a 20-man super group off the front with a gap of 40 seconds on the peloton – and we’re only halfway through today’s stage, which is proving absolutely frenetic.

105km: Race all within a single kilometre

Ineos Grenadiers are back on the front of the pack with Tao Geoghegan Hart taking it up after a stint from Geraint Thomas. The six leaders are just 30 seconds clear of the 14 chasers with the peloton at 1’05”. And on these lengthy and straight roads within the Landes, it’s additionally a psychological recreation as a result of every of the teams can now see each other.

115km: First riders caught from the chase group

Splits within the chase group have resulted in a load of them being swallowed up by the pack – together with Astana duo Gruzdev and Fraile, Van Avermaet, and all three Movistar riders in Valverde, Garcia and Valverde. The peloton is simply 20 seconds down on the others with even Chris Froome chipping in on the entrance.

120km: Israel and Bahrain lead the chase

ISUN have missed this transfer and that has set the alarm bells ringing as they appear to arrange their man Andre Greipel for a stage win on his thirty ninth birthday. Bahrain, too, have missed out and are serving to – maybe with a watch on Sonny Colbrelli on the end. BikeExchange additionally chip in: they need Michael Matthews to have an opportunity at the moment. And Ineos, too, who do not have a sprinter, however who’ve missed out and due to this fact want to do one thing to allow them to maybe play a card afterward… The hole is 1’45” for the 20 chasers and 2’05” for the peloton – with regards to the six leaders.

A reminder of who these six riders are from the preliminary break: Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Nippo), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-NextHash), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels p/b KTM).

Phew, it’s all taking place…

125km: The 20 counter-attackers in full

So, your chase group contains: Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Jasper Stuyven and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jorge Arcas, Ivan Garcia and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix), Michael Valgren (EF Education-Nippo), Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroen), Elie Gesbert (Arkea-Samsic), Casper Pedersen (Team DSM), Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal), Omar Fraile, Dmitriy Gruzdev and Ion Izagirre (Astana-PremierTech), Max Walscheid (Qhubeka-NextHash) and Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies).

It’s an interesting composition with some quick finishers in Teunissen, Stuyven, Theuns, Ballerini, Garcia, Walscheid, Turgis and Laporte. Also, the presence of Ballerini means that QuickStep are pleased to let this one go and wait till the Champs-Elysees for Cavendish. Politt, already a stage winner, tries to go clear however he is introduced again by Van Moer. They path the six leaders by 2’20” with the peloton at 3’10”.

130km: Classy counter-break types

That transfer from Stuyven and Politt sparked a response and unexpectedly we have now a severely harmful chase group of round 20 riders with extra class than an Evelyn Waugh satire. The likes of Valverde, Theuns, Dillier, Valgren, Van Moer, Fraile, Laporte, Teunissen, Garcia, Van Avermaet, Pedersen, Walscheid and Turgis are all right here… and so they have 45 seconds on the pack, which is being pushed by israel Start-Up Nation and Bahrain Victorious who each missed the transfer.

135km: Peloton again collectively… momentarily

A gaggle of round 25 riders went clear – and there was a presence from QuickStep there, too – however they have been pulled again, as have been a splinter group of a handful of riders who subsequently tried their luck, together with Dylan Teuns and Casper Pedersen. After an easing up the peloton turns into a single block once more – however it’s not settling down simply but: Jasper Stuyven and Nils Politt have simply darted clear.

140km: Splits within the pack

Now that is an fascinating growth… exiting a big roundabout, the peloton is all strung out as it zips alongside a large twin carriageway – and 5 riders opened up a niche on the entrance. Then Lotto Soudal throw down the hammer – forcing a flurry of counter strikes, together with a dig from Tom Skujins the Latvian champion. And unexpectedly we have now splits and teams all around the street!

149km: Matthews closes the hole on Cavendish

After a formidable leadout from Team BikeExchange, Michael Matthews (9pts) takes seventh place within the dash forward of Sonny Colbrelli (8pts) and his teammate Luka Mezgec (7pts). Cavendish can solely take tenth place and 6pts and in order that’s a 3-level swing which sees the Australian shut the hole to 35pts within the inexperienced jersey standings.

Of course, there are 50pts up for grabs for the winner at the moment so it may all show immaterial however each little helps. Cavendish, for certain, did not go too deep there. He’s in a inexperienced skinsuit and he clearly eyes the outright Tour stage document at the moment – and a win which might all however safe him the inexperienced jersey by default. Here’s Cav talking to us earlier than the stage:

‘Come on! Show a little bit of respect for my climbing!’ – Cavendish on Stage 19 prospects

152km: Zimmermann wins intermediate dash

The German Georg Zimmermann outkicks Frenchman Franck Bonnamour to win the intermediate dash and take a bit of additional pocket-cash in Saint-Sever. Neither rider has ever received a professional bike race of their careers to date in order that was a pleasant method to apply and fake. They’ve had stable Tour debuts, with Bonnamour specifically very spectacular. The Frenchman has been in breaks on 5 or 6 days so is definitely within the body for the Super Combatif prize this 12 months.

158km: Vakoc leads the chase; Mas again on

Enric Mas, at the moment sixth place on GC, has simply rejoined the peloton after being paced again by his Movistar teammates Imanol Erviti and Carlos Verona. On the entrance it’s the presence of Petr Vakoc, the Czech rouleur who used to ply his commerce for QuickStep, who turns the pedals alongside two Alpecin teammates. The hole is 3’50” for the six leaders. Guillaume Martin is now back as well after behind ushered forward by a few Cofidis teammates. The Frenchman is eighth on GC despite not targeting the GC this year, favouring instead a stage win which still remains elusive.

163km: Tension on the front of the peloton

Alpecin-Fenix are not pleased with the request to slow up – and their continued pacing will make it hard for those distanced riders to get back on ahead of the intermediate sprint, which is coming up shortly. Once again we saw Pogacar and Kwiatkowski near the front and in animated conversation. Oh to be a fly on the wall…

167km: CRASH IN THE PELOTON!

A raft of Movistar riders have gone down in a mini pile-up in the pack with Enric Mas notably held up.. Guillaume Martin, Simon Geschke and Christophe Laporte (all Cofidis) as well as Sonny Colbrelli went down, too, while Deceuninck-QuickStep were caught out. It’s the price they’re paying for not being on the front as they usually are in such stages – Cavendish’s team letting Alpecin do the work today. As a result of that, the peloton has split into three factions – and it might cue an easing up on the front, which will see the breakaway extend its lead.

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170km: Mohoric the only stage winner in break

This is the second successive day we’ve seen the Slovenian champion in the break. Mohoric is having a superb race – capped by his victory in Stage 7 in the opening week. We’ve seen a lot of Frenchman Bonnamour, who is one of the race’s revelations having been a real attacking livewire in his debut Tour. His compatriot Bernard was on the offensive in the stage up and down Ventoux twice, while he tried to bridge over to the break (without success) on the stage to the Col du Portet a couple of days ago.

The gap has come down to 3’35” thanks to the pacing by Alpecin-Fenix.

180km: Alpecin-Fenix lead the chase

The Alpecin-Fenix staff of Jasper Philipsen comes to the entrance to hold a lid on the break – an ideal state of affairs for Cavendish’s QuickStep staff who do not want to waste any vitality for now. Alpecin have had a robust debut Tour with stage wins for Tim Merlier and Mathieu van der Poel (who’ve each since left). They will need to have confidence in Philipsen, who has completed within the prime three on 5 events (twice runner-up and thrice third).

185km: Four minutes now for break

The stage has actually settled now after that hectic begin, the place Brent van Moer’s crash prompted quite a few riders the hit the deck and held up over half the peloton. Pogacar argued with Kwiatkowski and Skujins within the aftermath – a bit needlessly, given the Latvian was chasing down a break which already incorporates considered one of his Trek teammates, whereas the Pole had Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas off the again. Anyway, the yellow jersey has calmed down now and he has his UAE prepare in place on the entrance of the pack. The hole is 4’10”.

195km: Cat.4 Cote de Bareille

Things have settled a bit now with the race onto the only climb of the day, which is 1.9km long at 5.3%. It will have no bearing on the KOM competition which Tadej Pogacar won yesterday with his second summit win in as many days on Luz Ardiden.

The six riders in this move are: Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Nippo), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-NextHash), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels p/b KTM). Their gap is 1’30” and it’s the German Rutsch who goes over the summit on the entrance of the break.

200km: Yellow jersey beef between Pog and Kwiato

Very unusual scenes right here on the Tour: with a gaggle of six riders round 15 seconds up the street, Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) latches on to the wheel of Latvian champion Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), which coaxes the yellow jersey out of the peloton. Pogacar chases them down after which will get concerned in a confrontation with the Pole.

It’s maybe as a result of Pogacar has two teammates – Majka and Laengen – off the again and he thinks it’s a grimy trick for Kwiatkowski and Skujins to try to get clear at this level. But that is fairly loopy: the race is on, neither rider is a menace to the yellow jersey, and Ineos, specifically, want one thing from this Tour.

205km: CRASH SPLITS PACK!

A reminder that it’s not over till it’s over… the yellow jersey is just not held up in that one however a crash close to the entrance has prompted a little bit of chaos and seen quite a few riders hit the deck. It occurred when a Lotto Soudal rider went onto the grass verge after which misplaced stability – his sprawling physique taking out riders behind him after which inflicting a butterfly impact. Sergio Henao is a kind of who goes down – a day after he suffered the identical destiny. Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe are held up, as are some UAE teammates of Pogacar: Laengen and Majka.

207km to go: Stage 19 underneath method

There’s a flurry of assaults from the outset and each Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) are amongst these within the combine – no shock seeing that each groups have misplaced their sprinters, Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan.

The Cavnibal: Merckx and Cavendish embrace

Before the beginning at the moment we noticed a touching embrace between the 2 males who at the moment prime the checklist of Tour de France stage winners… Both Eddy Merckx and Mark Cavendish are locked on 34 wins. Will that change in round 4 and a half hours?

‘Love and respect’ – Cavendish and Merckx embrace earlier than Stage 19 begin

Two non-starters: Woods and Lopez

After a dismal first Tour for his new Movistar staff, Miguel Angel Lopez calls it a day. No enormous shock – he is been struggling since a crash within the first week and yesterday was his final probability to do one thing. No sprinter and never famend in opposition to the clock, the Colombian does not fancy even getting to Paris. Perhaps he has the Olympics on his radar – that is certainly the case with Michael Woods of Israel Start-Up Nation. Having failed to take the polka dot jersey yesterday, the Canadian additionally bows out.

Breakaway of bunch dash?

The remaining 142 riders roll out of Mourenx and begin a 4.3km impartial zone forward of the official begin. Here’s what’s on the menu: an extended 207km stage up to the wine nation south after which east of Bordeaux. On paper it’s a dash – and due to this fact an opportunity for Mark Cavendish to break Eddy Merckx’s document with a thirty fifth stage scalp – however given tomorrow is a time trial, many groups will do their finest to despatched riders up the street in a break. It actually is the final-probability saloon for just about everybody who is not Cavendish, Pogacar and TT specialists Kung and Bissegger…

Stage 18 recap: Pog triple cements grip

Another Grand Tour hat-trick from Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) noticed the Slovenian lengthen his lead within the Tour de France after a brutal journey over the Col du Tourmalet and up to Luz Ardiden in Stage 18. An thrilling finale noticed Pogacar toy together with his GC rivals Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz earlier than dancing clear within the ultimate kilometre to safe his third stage win of the race.

A carbon copy of Wednesday’s end on the Col de Portet noticed the Danish tyro Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) edge Ecuador’s Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) for second place, with Spain’s Enric Mas (Movistar) and Ireland’s Dan Martin (Israel Stand-Up Nation) finishing the highest 5 after the quick however sharp 129km stage from Pau.

Back-to-again summit victories noticed the 22-12 months-outdated UAE Pogacar stretch his lead to 5’45” over Vingegaard, with Carapaz an additional six seconds in arrears forward of the ultimate GC check – Saturday’s 30km particular person time trial to Saint-Emilion. A 3rd stage win matches Pogacar’s haul from his debut Vuelta in 2019 and his debut Tour final 12 months, whereas his newest show of uphill demolition noticed him blast forward of Dutchman Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) within the polka dot jersey king of the mountains competitors.

Only an unprecedented collapse far dearer than that suffered by his compatriot Primoz Roglic final 12 months can now deny Pogacar a second Tour de France victory this Sunday in Paris.

You can learn the complete report right here.

Wiggins defends Pogacar

Eurosport’s Bradley Wiggins believes it’s up to Tadej Pogacar’s rivals to ‘attempt one thing new’ as the Slovenian retained his Tour de France lead.

The Jumbo-Visma man retains his greater than 5 minute lead going into the ultimate weekend of the Tour, with Wiggins believing his opponents had it all to do.

“It’s hard because we’ve had that at the Tour de France – dominance. People don’t really like seeing people win, but this kid is really young, and he’s on his third Grand Tour.

“It’s up to everybody else to attempt one thing new. I dont suppose it’s Tadej Pogar’c s fault he received once more at the moment. I believe we are saying an absence of efficiency in different groups and I’d have preferred to see one thing totally different from different groups at the moment.

Wiggins believed fellow Briton Mark Cavendish additionally had a shot at success.

“Mark Cavendish has got through the tournament more comfortably than I think he thought he would. Tomorrow is a big day for him. Will he break a tomorrow?

“I believe so. I do not suppose one other can problem in these sprints.”

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