Tour de France diary Tuesday 19th July

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It has been a Tour packed with incident and excitement and there look to be three main contenders to be wearing yellow on the Champs-Elysees come Sunday evening.

The current man to beat is Dane Jonas Vingegaard (2/5 outright) riding for the Jumbo-Visma team.

He won the mountainous stage 11 examination from Albertville to Col du Granon and has been consistent throughout. Vingegaard leads by just over two minutes from Tadej Pogacar (15/8 outright).

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However, the last stage on Sunday proved to be a tricky one for the current general classification leader and his team.

The day got off to a bad start when Primoz Roglic withdrew citing injuries suffered earlier in the race. Then Vingegaard was caught up in an accident himself before Steven Kruijswijk was involved in a crash with 65km to go, suffering a suspected broken collarbone which will rule him out for the rest of the Tour.

Vingegaard’s lead now stands at two minutes and 22 seconds ahead of back-to-back winner Pogacar, with 2018 winner Geraint Thomas (14/1 outright) in third.

Tuesday will see the riders battle another gruelling stage as they ride from Carcassonne to Foix in the Pyrenees.

Welshman Thomas thinks all can change over the next few stages and the Ineos Grenadiers rider is still confident about his chances claiming the yellow jersey.

“We are still in a good place,” said the 36-year-old.

“It’s certainly going to be difficult, there are two incredibly strong riders in front of me, not just one. But you’ve got to keep believing.

“As a team we’re certainly going to try and make the most of anything we can and keep racing the best we can. We’re just trying to get to Paris as quick as we can, and that’s all we can do.”

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Author: Lucas Carlson