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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Egan Bernal

    Right that's me done for today. That was totally nuts.

    Who could have expected that?

    Thibaut Pinot out, Julian Alaphilippe finally out of yellow and Egan Bernal now looking a very good bet to win the Tour de France after his Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas blew the race apart.

    Oh and that Thomas attack was on what was going to be the penultimate climb before the weather took over and stage 19 was abandoned - leaving us with times at the Col d'Iseran being used to determine GC places.

    Anyway you can read our report on all that here.And there will be a BeSpoke podcast out a little later this evening.

    I'll see you all on Saturday at around 12:30 BST for more drama no doubt.

  2. 'The Eternal Second'

    In case you're after a tad more info on Raymond Poulidor, he finished in second place on Le Tour three times, and in third place five times (including in his final Tour at the age of 40) between 1962-1976.

    He did manage to win the Vuelta a Espana though and looks in pretty good nick for 83.

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  3. 'I dreamed but I never thought I could win'

    Julian Alaphilippe

    I must admit it seems a little strange seeing Julian Alaphilippe back in his blue Deceuninck- Quick Step jersey.

    The French rider has had a little natter with Egan Bernal, the man that swiped the maillot jaune off his back.

    No idea what was said, but it seemed cordial enough.

    After losing the yellow jersey, Alaphilippe said: "I gave the maximum. I have no regrets."

    "It was a dream to wear it, I carried this dream longer than I had hoped and I beat myself up every day to keep a hold of it.

    "From the moment I took hold of the yellow jersey I dreamed but I never thought I could win the Tour."

  4. Colombian fans gather for Bernal

    Well it looks like the riders have made it to Tignes.

    Just listen to that reaction for Egan Bernal. Best young rider, now possibly the best of the lot...

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  5. Bernal has too much gas

    Egan Bernal flew up that final climb at just over 14mph, while Julian Alaphilippe who was dropped a few kilometres from the summit managed around 12.6mph.

  6. Third-youngest Tour winner in history?

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    A good at the office for Egan Bernal.

    The Colombian now looks odds on favourite to become the third-youngest Tour winner in history.

  7. Get Involved


    Matt: Bradley Wiggins saying send them through it? Seriously? Did he not hear about the landslide. I'm on the climb to Tignes and gutted I don't get to see them race up but it's a sensible decision.

    Rob: Why didn't the clock stop when the neutralisation was decided & not at the top of the climb?

    I'd imagine the decision to take the time from top of Iseran is going to get a few mentions Rob. Not sure they had the equipment to take exact times on the descent though.

  8. Bernal leads by 45 seconds

    Again this is provisional but here's how the picture at the top of the general classification looks after time bonuses were applied at Col de l'Iseran:

    1. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos)
    2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/ Deceuninck-Quick Step) +45secs
    3. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos) +1mins 03secs
    4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1mins 15secs
    5. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +1mins 42secs

    Again please forgive the uncomplete look to the above!

    Bernal waves
  9. Provisional stage 19 results

    A bit more meat on the bone in terms of times in the provisional stage 19 results.....

    1. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos)
    2. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchleton-Scott) +5 secs
    3. Warren Barguil (Fra/Arkea Samsic) +41secs
    4. Laurens de Plus (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) +50 secs
    5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) Same time
    6. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos)
    7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe)
    8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida)
    9. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +1mins 18secs
    10. Gregor Muhlberger (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) Same time
  10. Listen: BeSpoke at the Tour

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Where do you start after a stage like that?

    Well Simon Brotherton, Gareth Rhys Owen and Rob Hayles have a hell of a task on their hands to talk through that and the wider implications for the Tour.

    But I'm sure they will rise to the challenge on the BBC BeSpoke podcast at the Tour.

    The latest post will be up later this evening here.

  11. Post update

    What. A. Day.

    Thibaut Pinot abandons. Julian Alaphilippe cracks and Egan Bernal collects the maillot jaune, as the weather sees stage 19 abandoned with times at the Col d'Iseran being used to determine GC places.

    Totally bonkers.

    You can read all about that in our report here.

    Thibaut Pinot
    Julian Alaphilippe
    Egan Bernal
  12. Provisional stage 19 results

    Some very provisional stage 19 results, forgive the lack of times, we still haven't had word on those.

    1. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos)
    2. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchleton-Scott)
    3. Warren Barguil (Fra/Arkea Samsic)
    4. Laurens de Plus (Bel/Jumbo-Visma)
    5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma)
    6. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos)
    7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe)
    8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida)
  13. 'We thought we could make the difference'

    Egan Bernal

    Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford speaking to ITV 4: "First and foremost there has been a considerable landslide and you have to make sure everyone is alright. There is bike racing and then the health and safety of everyone.

    "Fortune favous the brave. We said we'd take it on. We thought we could make the difference on the Col de l'Iseran and I thought the guys rode really well.

    "Wout [Poels] really pushed the tempo, we had a plan, G [Geraint Thomas] went first and Egan [Bernal] went and really pushed it out over the top of the climb.

    "There was a downhill and another climb to come, We don't control the weather. I'm happy in one way but concerned in another, I hope everyone is ok.

    "If you'd have taken what you'd seen today Julian Alaphilippe may have maybe come back on the descent but he'd have had to do it all himself on the final climb. So you think that Bernal and the other GC guys would have taken more time there as well."

  14. 'I'd have sent them through it'

    Sir Bradley Wiggins managed to reach the original stage 19 finish in Tignes on the back of his motorbike, without any problems.

    And the 2012 winner says the chaos has been caused by the local micro-climate, even if he reckons they could have squelched through it.

    Speaking on Eurosport, the 2012 Tour de France champion said: "I'd have sent them through it, why not?"

    Apparently there was no sign of trouble when he swept through the very same pass about 30 minutes or so before the race.

  15. Post update

    Egan Bernal

    The results are still being untangled at the moment.

    Clearly the organisers had no choice but to abandon racing when they did, but some times would be incredibly handy now.

    Egan Bernal will be in yellow on Saturday but just what the times gap are, well that's another matter. At this stage I only have a rough idea.

  16. Riders gather in a tunnel

    Apparently the riders are gathered in a tunnel in Val d'Isère to be protect them from the elements. I mean it's absolutely sheeting down.

    Unbelievable conclusion to stage 19.

  17. Post update

    One burning question I have is will they? There looked like a distinct shortage of team cars and seats available at Val d'Isere in comparison to riders on the road.

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