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Tour de France. Stage 19. Hard day in the Pyrenees, Tanel Kangert again in breakaway

Tanel Kangert took off for the breakaway right from the start, and he fought until the final climb of this year’s Tour de France. He finished 16th in the stage and climbed to the same position in the general classification. It was a hard day in the Pyrenees for the riders of Astana Pro Team, as Jakob Fuglsang finished 20th and is now 12th in the GC. Primoz Roglic won the stage, Geraint Thomas is still the GC leader.

- I tried it again, but at the end my legs were not good enough to stay in the group. When some riders of the group started to attack, I had to drop. At the end, the result was not where we hoped for, but we still have two days left to fight for a good stage result. – Tanel Kangert.

The riders faced a cruel mountain stage of 200.5 kilometers, with six categorized climbs of which two HC category. Right from the start in Lourdes, Tanel Kangert took off in a small group for the day’s breakaway. After several riders jumped to this group, the break was created and a battle for the stage win started. But on the hard final climb, the Col d’Aubisque, Kangert had to let the other riders of the break go. He finished 16th, Primoz Roglic won the stage.

In the general classification, Jakob Fuglsang had a hard day, as he finished 20th and is now 12th in the overall. Geraint Thomas finished in the first group and is still the leader in the GC.

- What to say about today, I just didn’t had the legs to follow on the right moments. I attacked together with some riders who made it into the breakaway, but I didn’t had the power to do the same and dropped back in the peloton. I did the best I could today, but it was not enough.– said Jakob Fuglsang.

- We had a successful Tour with two stage wins with still two stages coming up, but of course we hoped that Jakob Fuglsang could have done something today. Maybe the crashes from the first week costed valuable recovery time that he now misses in the final week. We will analyse it and will work on further progress. Now we will focus on the final two stages, where we think we have still some chances for a third stage victory. – said Dmitriy Fofonov.

Tomorrow the riders have an ITT on a 31-kilometer-long parkour from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette. 



Photo credit: Bettiniphoto

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