Tour de France 2019: Stage 19 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes

Bonjour!  Stage 19 – WELL!  This was the stage of all stages!  The race changer for many reasons, but primarily for the remarkable ride of Ineos’s Egan Bernal – what a star he is! It’s hard to know where to begin really – the heartbreak of Thibaut Pinot’s retirement is a start. One of my favourites and vying with Alaphilippe for the Yellow Jersey, should he fail. Poor Pinot’s injury proved too much and his team mate William Bonnet put a consoling arm around the inconsolable Pinot as he stepped off the bike and out of the race. ,.. 

The course was a short but brutal one, with five climbs, including the highest this year, the Col de l’Iseran. The stage was set to finish in Tignes. The day began well in sunshine but as the day progressed, purple storm clouds could be seen in the distance. Bernal was the first to cross the infamous mountain, closely followed by Simon Yates. Bernal closed the timegap on the GC and overtook Alaphilippe whilst he still climbed. He crossed and began the most hair-raising of descents to try and keep his shirt… and then, the hailstorm  and mudslide.  We saw a snow plough clearing mud and hail away further down and the race had to be stopped. There was no winner for the stage.  An emotional Bernal is in Yellow for the defining stage tomorrow.

What a day! Here are my pictures 🙂

 

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Have a great day! 🙂

 

2 Comments

  1. I love the simplicity of that “Crazy curves” – wonderful. I also wondered whether you have ever got in touch with any of the teams? I’m sure they would be interested in buying one or three…!

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    1. Many thanks Mike! It was a bit risky but I like that one too. I don’t know about you but I found that last descent really very hard to watch, they seemed to be going too fast to me! I was trying to show the road with its alarming angles as they hurtled down. I had to draw fast and just ‘went for it’! Glad you like it! 👍

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