It can’t get any flatter a course than the 208,5 kilometre Stage 19 from Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Bergerac. The bunch rides away from the Pyrenees as the climbing is now over for the 2014 Tour.
The peaceful village of Maubourguet is located in the Hautes-Pyrénées and is the first time it hosted the Tour de France and all of the citizens of the town were very excited to see such an event unfold before them.
The stages were very long, passing through areas that are often used for gastronomical purposes such as vineyards and dairy farms on soft and gentle roads. The race was a little less exciting then yesterday’s thrilling journey but it still provided a lot of entertainment on its own. As it was the final opportunity for many teams to achieve one final victory, there was plenty of exciting action going on, made even more interesting with the weather conditions.
The victor of today’s race in 4 hours 43minutes 41seconds was none other than Ramunas Navardauskas. The Lithuanian biker managed to pull off a win from the final 10 kilometer of the race, jumping right into the peloton in a unexpected turn. Friday’s race also suffered a disastrous crash that took out many players. However, current star Vincenzo Nibali of Italy still kept his yellow status and the crash did not affect any of the top racers as it only happened in the final 3 kilometers.
1. Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania
2. John Degenkolb of Germany
3. Alexander Kristoff of Norway
4. Mark Renshaw of Australia
5. Daniele Bennati of Italy
The Overall Leader Board as of July 25, 2014
1. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy 85:29:33
2. Thibaut Pinot of France
3. Jean-Christophe Péraud of France
4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain
5. Romain Bardet of France