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Tour de France 2019: No Stage 19 winner as hail storm forces abandonment

Due to huge amounts of hail in the downhill, Stage 19 of the 2019 Tour de France was stopped early and abandoned. There was no official winner for the stage, but the general classification has been given a shakeup.

Riders’ the times will be taken at the top of col d’Iseran. It means that Julian Alaphillipe lost the yellow jersey, but remains in with a chance of winning overall.

Colombia’s Egan Bernal took the overall Tour de France lead as a result.

Bernal was leading atop the Col de l’Iseran when the race was called off, but although there is no stage winner, the times of the riders when the race was abandoned will still count, making Bernal the new overall leader.

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A view of people at work trying to clear the road which resulted in Stage 19 of the 106th edition of the Tour de France being abandoned early. Stage 19 took place over 126.5km between Saint Jean de Maurienne and Tignes. Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT

Bernal attacked on the penultimate climb, and crossed the summit first with his teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and title rival Steven Kruijswijk trailing around a minute behind. Overnight leader Julian Alaphilippe was a further minute adrift.

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A view of the landscape which resulted in Stage 19 of the 106th edition of the Tour de France being abandoned early. Stage 19 took place over 126.5km between Saint Jean de Maurienne and Tignes. Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT

As the riders started the descent race organisers ended the stage with the road ahead buried in hail.

Race commissioners were debating the exact details of timing and placing, which will be announced duly.

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A view of the landscape which resulted in Stage 19 of the 106th edition of the Tour de France being abandoned early. Stage 19 took place over 126.5km between Saint Jean de Maurienne and Tignes. Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT

Tour organisers later explained the allocation of times as follows:

There will be no winner for stage 19 and no most aggressive rider. For the overall classification, the times at col d’Iseran will apply.

Distinctive jerseys will be presented on stage: yellow and white to Egan Bernal, polka dot jersey to Romain Bardet and green jersey to Peter Sagan.

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Sleet, snow, gravel and a landslide all contributed to the decision. Riders, who were riding on clear and dry roads as the news filtered through on race radio, were visibly agitated as the news reached them.

Robbie McEwen, one of the commentators for Le Tour, shared a photo of a landslide on the descent – a big part of the reason why the stage was cut short.

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