2021 Tour de France S19: Breakthrough and fight the brave to win! Matej Mohoric takes another stage.
On July 16, the 19th stage of the Tour de France ended. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) bravely attacked, flew solo 26km, and once again won the stage championship. The main group spent another peaceful day and got enough rest to make final preparations for tomorrow's ITT.
Finally, leaving the mountainous area, a good day for the sprinters came. Compared with the previous two mountain stages, the nineteenth stage is a slightly plain flat road stage with a total length of 207km, with only a grade 4 slope (1.9km, 5.3%) and a sprint point on the way. What needs to be pointed out is that the climbing point and sprint point are placed within the first 55km. Therefore, the time from the race until the last 30km may seem very long and the rhythm will not be too fast.
Before the start of the race, Michael Woods (Israel Start–Up Nation) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar) retired and ended their tour of France. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) attacked immediately after the neutral ride. There was a breakout melee within the group and a car crash occurred. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious), Rafał Majka ( UAE Team Emirates) and others fell to the ground, but fortunately, they were all fine. 10km after the start of the race, Julien Bernard (Trek–Segafredo), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Nippo), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka Assos), Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels), Georg Zimmermann (Wanty-Gobert) and Matj Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) Successfully left and entered the breakout mode 40 seconds ahead of the main group.
Jonas Rutsch took the breakout group through the 4th grade climbing point, but the climbing polka dot jersey has long been no suspense. Tadej Pogacar leads Wout Poels by 19 points and tops the list. The Alpecin-Fenix and DSM teams actively led the main group. After 27km from the start of the race, the lead of the six players reached 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Soon after, another crash occurred in the main group. Enric Mas (Movistar), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and others were involved. Tadej Pogacar and Michał Kwiatkowski briefly came to the front of the group to The Alpecin-Fenix team communicated and hoped to slow down and wait for the lagging cyclists, but the Belgian team remained unmoved and continued to speed up the main group leader.
Before the game, Georg Zimmermann led the breakout group through the sprint point. The main group came 3 minutes and 45 seconds behind. Michael Matthews rushed to seventh, Sonny Colbrelli eighth, Luka Mezgec ninth, and Mark Cavendish tenth. After the sprint point on the way, more fierce breakout attacks occurred in the main group, and a group of 20 successfully left, quickly narrowing the time gap. At 87km at the beginning of the race, the six breakouts lead the chasing group by 1 minute and 10 seconds, and the main group by 1 minute and 45 seconds.
Soon after, the chasing group reduced its staff to 16, and successfully met with the 6-member group in front to form a 20-member breakout group. With 95km to the finish line, the lead of the breakout group dropped to 45 seconds, the Israel Start-Up Nation team leader group slowed down the pace of chasing, and the time gap began to slowly rise. With 55km away from the finish line, the lead of the Breakout Group rose to 10 minutes.
In the last 40km, the breakout cyclists began to attack each other, and the situation was in chaos. Among them, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Matej Mohoric were active and successfully ran away with several cyclists. The time gap quickly rose to about 15 minutes. In the last 26km, Matej Mohoric accelerated again and attacked solo. Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) followed him with a chasing group.
Matej Mohoric fought solo, with full firepower, leading the chasing cyclist behind him by 42 seconds into the final 12km, and the main group was 16 minutes and 47 seconds behind. The chasing group was divided and fought with each other and was unable to cooperate effectively. Matej Mohoric gradually gained the upper hand, holding a 1 minute 12 second lead into the final 2km.
Matej Mohoric performed well and lived up to expectations solo to the end and won his second victory in the second stage of the Tour de France. Christophe Laporte was 58 seconds behind to be second in the stage, and Casper Pedersen (DSM) was third. The leader group of UAE Team Emirates was 20 minutes and 50 seconds behind to cross the line safely. The total score gap and the four-color jersey remained unchanged.
After the stage, the four-color jersey remained unchanged. Tadej Pogacar has a yellow jersey, a polka dot jersey for climbing and a white jersey for the best young cyclist. Mark Cavendish continues to wear a sprint green jersey. Matej Mohoric won the Combativity award for the stage.