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Daily News Digest
Rain and mountain descents made for a wild day at the Tour de France Friday, as Roman Bardet took the Stage 19 win and moved from fifth overall into second, Chris Froome crashed and finished, bloodied, on a teammate’s bike, and second-placed Bauke Mollema imploded while chasing back from a crash, losing any hope of a podium finish in Paris.
Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) claimed France’s first stage victory of the 2016 Tour, climbing to victory at the finish Saint-Gervais, the base of the famed Mont Blanc. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) led a group across the line 23 seconds later containing some — but not all — of the GC contenders.
Bardet attacked on the run-in to the final climb of the day, as rain-slicked roads saw many riders hit the deck including Froome (Team Sky). Froome would finish the stage on teammate Geraint Thomas’ bike.
“It’s ironic, I was just trying to stay up front and out of trouble, and I hit one of the white painted lines, and I lost my front wheel,” Froome said. “I’m okay. I’m lucky I’m not seriously injured. I lost a bit of skin, and I banged my knee, but this is the kind of day where I’m grateful to have a four-minute advantage to fall back on.”
Bardet was able to set his own pace on the climb and reel in the lone leader Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida). The Frenchman crossed the line smiling, a look of disbelief on his face.
— Le Tour de France (@LeTour) July 22, 2016
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Today’s feature image comes from stage 18 of the Tour de France.