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Tour de France 2021 Stage 19

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Matej Mohoric claimed a solo victory in stage 19 of the Tour de France today, after the Slovenian rider broke clear of a 20-man breakaway group to seize the stage honors in Libourne.

Michael Woods (Israel-Start Up-Nation) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar). Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Nippo), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-NextHash), Franck Bonnamour (B&B-KTM) and Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) were the first riders to animate today’s stage, with Mohoric later bridging his way to the escapes.

From there, the breakaway group went on to establish a massive advantage of 17:4’20’’ over the peloton.

Back in the chase, two crashes plagued the peloton, ensnaring riders like Enric Mas, Guillaume Martin and Mark Cavendish, who still managed to rack up six more at the intermediate sprint in the defense of his green jersey. 

After some skirmishes at the head of the peloton, Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the protagonist for instigating a large group of counter-attackers that included Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Jasper Stuvyen, Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Davide Ballerini (DQS), Jorge Arcas, Ivan Garcia Cortina, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix), Michael Valgren (EF), Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën), Elie Gesbert (Arkea-Samsic), Casper Pedersen (DSM), Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal), Omar Fraile, Dimitri Gruzdev, Ion Izagirre (Astana), Max Walscheid (Qhubeka-NextHash) and Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies), while Israel-Start Up-Nation, Ineos Grenadiers and Bahrain Victorious attempted to chased them down for almost 50 kilometers before giving up with 80 kilometers remaining.

Meanwhile, a flurry of attacks were underway amongst the leaders, with Mohoric executing his winning move with 25 kilometers to go.

In the meantime, Laporte found himself in purgatory, caught between the escape group and Mohoric until the finish to claim second spot on the podium, while Pedersen led home the rest of the group. 

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