Tour de France Stage 19: Breakaway Claims the Win21. July 2017, Salon-de-Provence — Road Team
The peloton tackled the longest stage of the Tour de France on stage 19 and despite a predicted bunch sprint, it was a solo stage win in Salon-de-Provence.
After a 10km neutral zone, attacks came as soon as the flag was dropped on the 222.5km stage but the peloton chased hard until the right composition went clear.
Eventually, eight riders gained a 30-second advantage on the peloton on the approach to the first climb but were eventually brought back after Alessandro De Marchi hit the front and set a fast pace.
Once the group was in sight, riders started to attack from the bunch to form a 20-rider breakaway and behind, the peloton, featuring all of BMC Racing Team’s riders, sat up and let the group extend an advantage of more than nine minutes.
After allowing the breakaway to go so far up the road it became clear in the final 100km of racing that the winner would come from the 20 riders.
Inside 20km to go, the breakaway split up to leave half of the original group to contest the win. An attack from Boasson Hagen with 2.5km to go was enough to claim the solo stage victory.
With two stages remaining, the stage 20 time trial in Marseille and the procession into Paris on Sunday, Damiano Caruso sits in 11th place on the General Classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“My goal today was to save myself but like yesterday I was feeling pretty good and at one point I even hesitated to go when the breakaway went. But, for sure tomorrow’s time trial is a good chance for me. I’m feeling good so I can’t wait. I haven’t seen the parcours yet so it’s hard to say. On paper it looks fast with the small climb. After all of the climbing we have done I think that a one-kilometer climb shouldn’t cause a problem.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“The time trial is a good opportunity for Stefan Küng and for BMC Racing Team. Everyone is hoping for a good result tomorrow. We asked Stefan yesterday and today to save his energy for the time trial. You never know. I think Stefan has a chance for a good result tomorrow. The course is a little bit different to the time trial in Dusseldorf because of the climb but I don’t think it will be a problem for him.”
Tour de France
Stage 19 Embrun > Salon-de-Provence (222.5km)
Top 3: 1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), 2. Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb), Jens Keukeleire (ORICA-SCOTT).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 66. Michael Schär, 67. Greg Van Avermaet, 73. Damiano Caruso.
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