Two days before returning to their destination, the French athlete lost the Golden Shirt after nearly two weeks of overwhelming racing. The route of the 19th and 20th stages is shortened because of hail, landslides and storms on the Alps.
The 20th race was shortened to 59 kilometers instead of 130 km. The team departed from Alberville to Val Thorens. The departure time is delayed by one hour compared to the original plan. The reason “bad weather, heavy rain causes landslides”. Mud cascades overflow on the highway that the Tour de France will have to go through.
Many surprises occurred in the 19th stage of the race this year. When the riders began to slope from the top of Iseran, at an altitude of 2770 meters, with an average speed of 70 kilometers per hour, the organizers were informed of the flooded road due to hail and flood water, a deep waterfall. 50 cm flooded the road that the racing team would pass, threatening the safety of all riders. Immediately the circuit was interrupted. The driver must stop 20 kilometers before the destination.
The Colombian, Egan Bernals, was at the top, more than two minutes from French yellow shirt Julian Alaphilippe. As a result, in the overall race rankings, Bernal is 45 seconds ahead of Napilippe. 45 seconds is not the way but the mountain road, Alaphilippe is hard to cross the 22-year-old Colombian athlete. The Golden Austrian dream of handing a French driver this year is almost broken.
The 19th stage of this year’s Tour de France is also another surprise as French driver Thibaut Pinot is ranked 5th and has the prospect of being one of the top three athletes in the first round of this year to give up because of his injury. thighs.
For cycling, Mount Iseran in the Alps is a trick: for more than 100 years the Tour de France, rarely does the route pass here. But in 1996, this same place, the racing team could not pass by, because suddenly in the middle of July the hot sun and snow fell on Iseran.