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Sunweb’s Soren Kragh Andersen powered to his second stage victory of this year’s Tour de France on Friday’s stage 19.
Six days after his stage 14 victory, the 26-year-old Dane jumped clear of a select group of late escapees and soloed to the stage 19 victory in Champagnole. Luka Mezgec hit the line 53 seconds later to take second on the day ahead of Jasper Stuyven.
Primoz Roglic and the rest of the GC riders arrived at the finish 7:38 behind Kragh Andersen with no changes at the top of the overall standings.
The 166.5-kilometer stage from Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole saw Rémi Cavagna spend about two hours as the lone rider off the front before things began to heat up on the approach to the intermediate sprint with 49 kilometers to go.
A small group jumped clear of the peloton to try to bridge to Cavagna shortly before the sprint. A little ways behind, there was a brief split as Sam Bennett bested Peter Sagan and Matteo Trentin for the remaining points, while up ahead the chasers caught Cavanga. The peloton closed down the split to the green jersey group and then more riders jumped to bridge to the move up ahead, but within minutes the race was all back together, at least for a brief moment.
With 30 kilometers to go, a small but elite group of riders broke clear to form a new lead group. Kragh Andersen was in the move alongside both Sagan and Bennett, as well as CCC teammates Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin and a handful of other big engines.
The group quickly built a gap on the peloton, where a number of the teams that might have been interested in chasing down a break – like Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quick-Step – no longer had interest in doing so. Before long, it became clear that the stage winner would come from the group up the road.
There were attacks off the front on the lumpy run-in to the line, but nothing stuck until Kragh Andersen made a powerful surge with 16 kilometers to go that immediately opened a gap on the rest of the escapees. There was hesitation in the chasing group as Kragh Andersen built his advantage, and with 10 kilometers to go Kragh Andersen had over 30 seconds. There was no catching him from there, and he ultimately hit the line with a hefty gap of 53 seconds over Mezgec to get the stage 19 win.
Top 10, stage 19
1 KRAGH ANDERSEN Soren (Team Sunweb) 3:36:33
2 MEZGEC Luka (Mitchelton-Scott) 0:53
3 STUYVEN Jasper (Trek – Segafredo)
4 VAN AVERMAET Greg (CCC Team)
5 NAESEN Oliver (AG2R La Mondiale)
6 ARNDT Nikias (Team Sunweb)
7 ROWE Luke (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:59
8 BENNETT Sam (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 1:02
9 SAGAN Peter (BORA – hansgrohe)
10 TRENTIN Matteo (CCC Team)
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 83:29:41
2 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:57
3 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team) 1:27
4 PORTE Richie (Trek – Segafredo) 3:06
5 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren) 3:28
6 MAS Enric (Movistar Team) 4:19
7 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott) 5:55
8 URÁN Rigoberto (EF Pro Cycling) 6:05
9 DUMOULIN Tom (Team Jumbo-Visma) 7:24
10 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team) 12:12
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Top 10, stage 8
1 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (Trek-Segafredo Women) 2:33:57
2 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
3 HARVEY Mikayla (Équipe Paule Ka) 0:31
4 AALERUD Katrine (Movistar Team) 1:06
5 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) 1:19
6 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna (Canyon SRAM Racing)
7 ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena (CCC – Liv)
8 LIPPERT Liane (Team Sunweb) 1:31
9 CAVALLI Marta (Valcar – Travel & Service) 1:52
10 BERTIZZOLO Sofia (CCC – Liv) 1:58
Top 10, GC
1 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team) 23:05:37
2 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna (Canyon SRAM Racing) 1:10
3 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (Trek-Segafredo Women) 2:23
4 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) 2:25
5 HARVEY Mikayla (Équipe Paule Ka) 2:51
6 MOOLMAN Ashleigh (CCC – Liv) 4:48
7 GARCÍA Mavi (Alé BTC Ljubljana) 5:58
8 SANTESTEBAN Ane (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) 6:17
9 VOS Marianne (CCC – Liv) 7:29
10 BANKS Elizabeth (Équipe Paule Ka) 7:49
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Today’s featured image of Soren Kragh Andersen winning stage 19 of the Tour de France comes from Cor Vos.