Tour de France result LIVE: Latest updates as Christophe Laporte wins stage 19

Tour de France result LIVE: Latest updates as Christophe Laporte wins stage 19

Tour de France 2022: Vingaard abandons Pogacar during the last mountain test of the Tour

France finally secured a stage winner in the 2022 Tour de France as Christophe Laporte sprinted past Fred Wright in the final kilometer to claim his first-ever Tour stage victory and become the third stage winner of the Jumbo-Visma team of this tour after Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard.

On a stage that could have been set up for a winner in the breakaway, the peloton rode hard and never let the riders stay up the hill for long. The colleagues in the general classification focused more on the safety of the stage and were skilfully helped by their teammates in the peloton. Three or four breakaway efforts were made but only the trio of Fred Wright, Jasper Stuyven and Alexis Gougeard threatened to upset.

They came out ahead with 30km and held the lead until 1500m to go. With Jonas Vingaard safely leading the GC standings and Wout van Aert opting out of the sprint, Laporte made his move and closed the gap with the breakaway. Sensing the danger, Wright gave him a final push towards the line but Laporte had cooler legs, he caught the Briton, overhauled him and crossed the finish with a clear gap over everyone.

Follow all the last actions from step 19 below.

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Tour de France 2022: Christophe Laporte wins stage 19!

Here are the first five finalists, Fred Wright just ran out of legs at the end:

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Tour de France 2022: Christophe Laporte wins stage 19!

No one even came close to him at the end either, it was an amazing finish from Laporte.

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Tour de France 2022: Christophe Laporte wins stage 19!

What a Tour de France it has been for Jumbo Visma. They are in possession of the yellow, green and polka dot jerseys and now offer France its first stage victory on this circuit.

Christophe Laporte wins stage 19.

(Reuters)

(Reuters)

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Tour de France 2022: Christophe Laporte wins stage 19!

Another stage victory for Jumbo-Visma. Christophe Laporte sees Fred Wright’s attack and pursues him, he catches the leader 800m from the finish and sprints in front, no one else can catch him and he crosses the finish line with a bang!

France finally has a stage winner in the 2022 Tour de France.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

1.5 km to go: The peloton catches up with the trio 1.5 km from the finish and Fred Wright gives it a last push and kicks off!

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

3 km to go: No, he is not. Caleb Ewan’s Lotto-Soudal team started after the leaders with three and a half kilometers to go and Wout van Aert dropped down to let them go.

The leaders started the last small climb as the peloton closed the gap in less than 10 seconds.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

5 km to go: Wout van Aert didn’t seem too concerned as he led the field around a couple of roundabouts while closing the gap to nine seconds.

He will let go at 3km.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

7km to cover: Wout van Aert has taken the lead and seems to be thinking about safety first. He imposes a steady pace on Jonas Vingaard to take him to the 3 km mark where the holder of the yellow jersey will not waste time in the GC.

The gap with the breakaway increased to 15 seconds. How will this step end?

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

10 km to go: In the last 10 kilometers, the gap with the leading trio is only 20 seconds. It’s a long way to go with such a narrow lead. Wright, Stuyven and Gougeard gave their all but they couldn’t finish.

There will be a sprint finish.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

15 km to cover: Jasper Philipsen, Wout van Aert and Peter Sagan sit about five or six riders up front and could be in the perfect spots to start a sprint for the line.

The peloton must however catch up with the breakaway. There are only 15 km left and the time advantage is reduced to 30 seconds.

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