Stage 19. Would this be a day for the break or the sprinters? Would Mark Cavendish get that stage winning record all to himself?
Spoiler alert!! It wasn’t a sprint and Cav will have to wait for Paris. Instead, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Victorious) soloed his way to a second victory on this year’s Tour de France. The Slovenian made the first break of the day, survived the fierce feistiness of a 20 rider super-break, before leaving everyone behind with 25km to go. Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Team DSM’s Casper Pedersen completed the stage podium. The rest of the field doodled their way to the finish line some 20 minutes later – just making the time cut! Oh and YES! there will be mentions of Mohoric’s victory salute – read on mes amis
If you thought stage 7, the longest Tour de France stage since the year 2000 would end in a breakaway win you would be correct. But I don’t think ANYONE was expecting the break to contain the yellow jersey Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix), the green jersey of Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck Quick Step), Jumbo-Visma’s Wout Van Aert and a whole host of assorted rouleurs and riders high in the GC. Hats off to Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Victorious) who attacked with 88km to go, went solo in the last 10km, crossed the line sobbing and also climbed the podium as King of the Mountains. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) was second with EF Education-Nippo’s Magnus Cort rounded out the podium. To say the GC was shaken is the understatement of the day. The only rider to remain in place was the man at the top who takes the maillot jaune into the Alps Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) tumbled out of contention on the climbs and now lies at +9:11, while Tadej Pogacar and his UAE team wobbled under testing. That could be very telling for the days to come. Continue reading
Beautiful scenery, exciting racing, dig-deep victories and the maglia rosa racing for every second he can get. If you’ve missed anything on the second week of the Giro, we’ve got you covered.