Mikel Nieve
Team Mitchelton-SCOTT GreenEdge
Data from Garmin

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Stage 19 showed a peloton feeling the effects of this year’s incredibly tough tour. A battered Peter Sagan yo-yo’ed off the back of the grupetto before finding a enough fellow sufferers to ride with and making the time cut. Taylor Phinney crashed somewhere on course and finished covered in blood. Nairo Quintana, after enjoying the win on stage 17, struggled to maintain contact today.

Still, the race’s leaders proved why they’re in the lead, with a flurry of late-stage attacks on the misty, narrow Col d’Asbique indicating Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic, and Romain Bardet all have some fight left in their legs. Chris Froome looked less sprightly, and was dropped by the leaders with a grimace on his face before chasing painfully back with the help of his loyal teammate Egan Bernal. Still, he lost some significant time today and was bumped off the GC podium by stage winner Primoz Roglic.

Tomorrow’s individual time trial will be the last chance for challengers to unseat Geraint Thomas, who now leads the race by 2:05 with Tom Dumoulin in second and Roglic in third.