2014 Tour de France Stage 19 Results
Navardauskas, R (GRS)
Degenkolb, J (GIA)
Kristoff, A (KAT)
2014 Tour de France jersey wearers after this stage
Yellow jersey – Nibali, V (AST)
Polka dot jersey – Majka, R (TCS)
Green jersey – Sagan, P (CAN)
White jersey – Pinot, T (FDJ)
Maugbourguet Pays du Val D’Adour – Bergerac, 208.5km. Friday 25th July
Move over Eurovision, the Baltic state of Lithuania has a whole new reason to party today, with Ramunas Navardauskas becoming the first countryman to win a Stage of the Tour de France.
The Garmin Sharp rider was motivated by last week’s memories of his team mate, Kiwi Jack Bauer, who after leading as part of a duo for some 200km was pipped just at the post.
Using his time trial skills, Navardauskas worked hard to keep ahead of a peloton that was closing in fast towards the finish line. But a crash just 3km out saw helped save Navardauskas’ bacon, with Cannondale and green jersey dominator Peter Sagan coming off.
The road conditions were no doubt to blame – the day’s weather had been miserable and the surface was wet.
We look to tomorrow’s Individual Time Trial to really dice things up now – at this stage it looks like a foregone conclusion that Nibali will take yellow home to Italy.
Speculation about third – and possibly second – could keep conversations in the bunch ride pretty interesting, though.