Nairo Quintana finally managed a stage win at the 2019 Tour de France as the Colombians dominated the Alpine slopes. Quintana stormed to victory while Egan Bernal climbed from fifth to second overall.
Julian Alaphilippe kept the Tour de France lead, though, as the most competitive race in recent years builds towards a thrilling climax.
The 22-year-old Bernal, the youngest man in the race, launched an attack three kilometres from the summit of the 23-kilometre Col du Galibier. He overtook Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas, the defending champion, in the standings to become Alaphilippe’s main challenger in the next two daunting Alpine stages.
For Quintana the stage win saved his Tour de France. The Movistar captain blew his lines in the Pyrenees, but gained almost six minutes on the main contenders to finish the first full day in the Alps sixth overall.
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Tour de France 2019: Stage 19
Profile: The riders hit the highest point of this year’s tour on the Col de L’Iseran.
A shorter stage, but by no means easier. Friday is going to be brutal, much like the rest of the race has been. Many (including this publication) had written Quintana off, but perhaps he could spring another surprise. Or, perhaps Bernal will launch a challenge having made up so much time. Who knows, as we keep saying, this tour has been impossible to predict.
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