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Lithuania's 1st Tour Win - Stage 19 Results

July 26, 2014
Lithuania's 1st Tour Win - Stage 19 Results

2014 Tour de France Stage 19 Results

  1. Navardauskas, R (GRS)

  2. Degenkolb, J (GIA)

  3. 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.

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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.

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Speculation about third – and possibly second – could keep conversations in the bunch ride pretty interesting, though.

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