The 19th stage of the Tour de France: the battle between the dragons and the tigers, ANDERSEN wins the stage.

On September 18th, the 19th stage of the Tour de France ended. ANDERSEN (Team Sunweb) attacked decisively in the last 15km and won the stage champion in a solo flight, winning his second victory in the Tour de France.

Coming to the nineteenth stage, the sprinters can finally relax. There are many ups and downs in the stage, and there is a gentle uphill sprint before the end. Whether it is a breakout driver or a sprint driver, there is a chance to win this stage. It is worth mentioning that POGAČAR’s climbing points are currently 2 points behind CARAPAZ, while the level 4 climbing point in the competition is only 1 point. If POGAČAR wants to regain the climbing polka dot shirt, every second must be raced, and he has no time left.
The neutral riding was over, and 147 riders started today's race. CAVAGNA (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) flew solo in the tailwind, and the Bora-Hansgrohe team led the group. Many riders tried to chase but failed. During the race, PÖSTLBERGER (Bora-Hansgrohe) was stung by a wasp. He had an allergic reaction shortly after seeking help from the medical vehicle and had to retire for medical treatment. This may be the most bizarre way to retire this Tour de France.

CAVAGNA made a solo breakthrough. Many drivers tried to run away but were chased by the Bora-Hansgrohe team leader. After the race started 45km, CAVAGNA led the main group by 3 minutes. With the help of the tailwind, CAVAGNA ran an average speed of 50.96km/h solo in the first hour after the start of the race, and the Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Sunweb team leaders chased in the rear. With 100km to the end, CAVAGNA's lead dropped to 2 minutes and 35 seconds.

Under the leadership of Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Sunweb, the main group is not in a hurry to pursue it. Each team needs to protect the sprinters to compete for the sprint point on the way and the championship at the finish stage. SAGAN said in a pre-match interview: "Today is a bit ups and downs, the team will try to control the field, but I think there will be other teams participating in the sprint at the end. It is difficult to win the championship because Sam BENNETT can always follow me when I try to break through. , And he sprints faster than me. The last 200 to 300 meters sprint is fleeting, just take a look, I will try my best to participate in the sprint."
With 60km to the end, CAVAGNA's lead dropped to 1 minute and 15 seconds. In the last 51km, COSNEFROY (AG2R), ROLLAND (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), and Luke ROWE (INEOS Grenadiers) attacked from the main group and jointly pursued CAVAGNA ahead. CAVAGNA and Chase passed through the sprint points one after another. MØRKØV, Sam BENNETT, SAGAN and TRENTIN in the main group launched a sprint. In the end, Sam BENNETT seized the fifth sprint point and SAGAN sixth. The gap between the two sprint points was opened again.

In the last 47km, CAVAGNA was overtaken by three people from the rear. MØRKØV, Sam BENNETT, SAGAN and TRENTIN, who ran out of the sprint point on the way, accelerated and left. The main group steadily moved forward under the leadership of Team Sunweb. Soon after, the Team Jumbo-Visma team took over the lead position and recovered the SAGAN and others who tried to break through. At this time, the breakout group's lead was only 30 seconds left. PéRICHON (Cofidis Solutions Crédits) in the main group saw the right time to launch an attack and brought out VAN AVERMAET (CCC), ANDERSEN (Team Sunweb), DECLERCQ (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), STUYVEN (Trek-Segafredo), etc. SIVAKOV (INEOS Grenadiers), URáN (EF Education First), and SICARD (TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE) in the rear fell to the ground, and it took a little effort to return to the team.

The breakout drivers were quickly recovered by the main group, and a new round of breakout offensive began. SAGAN, Sam BENNETT, Luke ROWE, ANDERSEN, ARNDT (Team Sunweb), TRENTIN, VAN AVERMAET, NAESEN (AG2R) and BAUER, MEZGEC (MITCHELTON-Scott), DECLERCQ, STUYVEN 12 people left, and soon led the main group by more than 2 minutes. BOASSON (NTT), COQUARD (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and HOFSTETTER (Israel Start-Up Nation) were chasing in the rear. In the last 25km, the breakout group leads the main group by 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
The main group slowed down the chase tempo. In the last 16km, TRENTIN and ANDERSEN attacked one after another, and the breakout drivers let Andersen away when they marked each other. ANDERSEN attacked solo and escaped the vying green shirt group, establishing a 47-second lead in the last 7km. In the breakout group, there were constant offenses, but no one succeeded in leaving. SAGAN stepped forward to lead the chase many times. The struggle within the 11-man group allowed Andersen to successfully go far. In the last 1km, Andersen led a full 1 minute.

ANDERSEN succeeded in breaking through and winning the stage championship. After the small group from the rear arrived, ARNDT took the lead in sprinting. He wanted to get another runner-up for the team. This wave of offense left the three of SAGAN, Sam BENNETT and TRENTIN, and finally MEZGEC achieved a go-ahead before the end, winning the second stage, STUYVEN third, and VAN AVERMAET fourth. Sam BENNETT once again rushed to win SAGAN and finished eighth in the stage. The main group has been late, and harmony has passed.

After the stage, the four-color jersey remained unchanged. ROGLIČ has a yellow jersey, 57 seconds ahead of POGAČAR; Sam BENNETT is wearing a sprinting green jersey, leading SAGAN by 55 points; CARAPAZ guarding the climbing polka dot shirt, leading POGAČAR by 2 points; POGAČAR continues to wear the best young driver white jersey, leading MAS (Movistar) Team) 3 minutes and 22 seconds. CAVAGNA won the Combativity award for the stage.

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