The Breakaway: Stage 19 Analysis | Tour de France 2019 | Cycling | Eurosport

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this is the breakaway and the most dramatic of days in the most traumatic of tours de France just when you thought you knew hi the stage possibly even the Reyes was going to pan out the weather gods intervene and why not everything else has been involved in this race we were the first French hope in 34 years we've heard disharmony and cracks in the dominant team of the last decade we've had a six way race for the top and neither one thing we hadn't predicted after days of unforgiving heat the stage in nineteen has been canceled because of heel storms sir Bradley Wiggins and Brian Smith alongside me to go through all of that drama Bradley you've just come off the motorbike tell us what the conditions were like I there was it was bizarre man we started the Col deze around it was still you know low 30s I was in a t-shirt by the summit would put a jacket on for the descent it was quite a lot colder but time we got into Val d'Isere it was raining I stopped we stopped him Val d'Isere I was a few friends at saw the road I said I – but the time we got out of Val d'Isere it was snowing I mean literally snowing hail storms and we came out the exit of one of the tunnels on the side of the the lake the lake of teen and the gendarme stopped us we couldn't go any further because it was literally floods of hailstone remains really and they brought diggers through they were trying to move all this what we've pulls of water which we've seen some images of and they just they actually stopped us for our own safety let alone you know 200 cycle cyclists coming through in lycra so it was it was pretty bad but once one thing I will say is once we got going again with it within one kilometer it was back to like we are now you know and find the roads were dry so it was really localized everything is easy to say in hindsight but could they have neutralized that part of the race could they have got the riders through that part of the extreme weather to restart the race well actually now looking in hindsight had a few minutes to think about it we could have got the riders into that tunnel they could have stopped in the tunnel they were protected from the weather they could have somehow got these riders through these pools of water which were literally four three four hundred meters and then restarted the race I mean that sounds great in hindsight now but you have to take a you have to take a decision went with the facts you've got the time and Prudhomme obviously took those and one thing I will say we lot we've seen a lot of the images of these guys coming down really confused by why we're stopping the race because they wouldn't have known what was three kilometers down the road because it was that extreme right decision yep a perfect decision because unbeknown there was a landslide that blocked a lot further down the roads so I think most people are seeing images we saw but there's other people out there and it's all been reported that there was an actual answer landslide mud landslide went straight across the course yeah that was on the climb of teen yeah actually when we were coming up it was dried by then part of the road actually you're right there Ben yeah there was a bit of a landslide it was like almost cement so it was lots happening today yeah and they probably most Brian said they probably in hindsight you know they've made the right decision it is what it is it's for the riders safety at the end of the day and tomorrow we'll carry on in the Tour de France well that's get reaction from within the teams and see what they think Brent Copeland of Barrie and Merida has been chatting to Ashley hi Brent from your guys position as team managers can you first of all tell us what you understand happened when it happened and when the decision was made and how you communicated that to the riders there was quite a lot of confusion on the decent because I think a lot of people saw on social networks that people were posting pictures and videos of the valley where the hailstorm the free kale storm came up so no one knew what was going on until they announced that over the race radio that soon we told their artists that the the race had been cancelled I think the riders were confused themselves because on the decent it wasn't easy to have a car to all the riders because the groups were social it up with after the gaps on the top of the easier on I think after seeing the images on TV it's a safety decision which has taken been taken the right decision because it was impossible to race in those conditions so a good call on that on a sport inside and we're not racing for GC so it's not really our call to say but the way but now was riding I think it would have gained more time on the final Crimea difficult for the organisers now as well and officials to make the time because they said they're going to take the timings on the top of these around but there's no official timing we think at the top of that climb that we know ourselves as much as you do so we don't know if there's an actual of all time in at the top but there should be it's a top finish they should have the times they son I'm sure they're gonna do those calculations we haven't seen you we were racing for the Polka Dot Jersey with with mentioned San Damiano Caruso which they did a great job and they got themselves up there and gained the most points that they could before get into his run and we tried that and in terms of Vincenzo and Rigoberto were having a very animated discussion on the TV my guess is the rego was remembering the Giro in 2014 when the similar thing happened over the caviar do you know anything more no I haven't spoken to anyone about that I think to me it looked like Iran was trying to tell the guards to hurry up and chase to get back to Bernal but there was no point because mint changed so I understood that the race had been cancelled at that stage so but I saw that they were talking off to it and made up so it's just a heat-of-the-moment thing nothing serious okay thanks a lot thank you well Rob hatch has been busy gathering information from us in the media compound here he's just been to speak to the race organizers they say that timing will indeed be taken from the top of the ISA hot no time bonuses for a stage win and we don't know yet whether there will be a time bonus for the top of the climb as and as would have been expected now going by that and this is approximate at this stage because it hasn't been confirmed but it would look like as we would expect Egon Bernal takes yellow Julien ala Phillipe would then be 25 seconds behind Garin Thomas at 106 Stephen crows Vic 118 Bookman 145 and then a gap to me calendar at 425 so what do we make of that those top spots Bradley well I predicted burnout to win the race so it's great for me again I mean well I mean what what a turnaround I mean what a turnaround we're lucky was a week ago we were sat there after that time troll talking about the loss of Egon banaue and is that his Tour de France over now you know we've got one day left in the mountains amber now is in yellow was he 22 years of age I mean phenomenal really but all to play for tomorrow another tough stage – Val Tyrone isn't it and it's clear now any offs would you say Brian that that's the leadership as now that whole leadership debate has been settled yeah for sure and the way they're taught today and we did say yesterday that Thomas has to go first he did go first but he got nowhere and there now we just sent behind the yellow jealousy and they went for about what a half this is queer Cove ski and Moscow have gone early but the rest of the team ruled out the scans they actually took the race on and it was Dylan van Bao upped his game and I think everybody up their game today and you know I was expecting more we start to go on the attack and as rain that never came so hats off the NES with a depleted team because maybe two riders never you know they weren't good enough to step up but the rest of them stepped up and delivered the yellow jersey let's get more reaction from within the teams and Doug Ryder of dimension D etre has been speaking at the Rio Spanish Doug it's a very difficult day for fans who made all the way here guys on the ticking on the TV also must be pretty tough for the management of a team as well I guess no I think it is tough I think it's tough for the organization when a when a natural disaster I guess we could call that today happens and the biggest race in the world that just shows how you know crazy the world is today I think but you know obviously the call was made in the safety of everyone from the Jean Dom's to the cavalcade I guess everybody sponsors and everybody and the riders of course so yeah I mean it's a said I guess that things like this can still happen today but I mean you know yeah look at his it's pretty crazy but I mean I think they made the right call for sure and for a team like ours I mean you know we obviously going for the general classification with Roman and and so you know it is what it is and but it was a fight today and it was amazing to see what was going on in the race so good for Sam and not so for others but ultimately the safety is the most important in terms of your team knowing in terms of Roman what what does it do in terms of tomorrow no look I mean we fighting every single day I mean I think our team is racing as best as I can you know and and we trying as hard as we can every single day and trying options so you know for him you know it's he fights every single day is a great individual and a super super you know super bike rider so tries his hardest so you know every day is the same for us we fight every day as much as we can so yeah he'll continue to fight tomorrow and then Paris is a day we have an option with a vault again he's been top five the last four years in a row so I mean we you know we look forward to Paris as well as does the whole peloton I think this has been the hardest Tour de France in the last five years which is which is great for the sport and grateful that the French have done so well so I mean we are we love the ecosystem of cycling to be successful and the French have been fantastic sadly they didn't have a great day today but I mean you know they it was a dream tour for them for sure and professional athletes in general and definitely cyclists they have such routines after races before the following day and so on how are you going to cope with that tonight well I think today is a long day for them knowledge was ultimately going to be a fairly short stage in distance and not in altitude meters gain but or time I guess but in distance it was short and now they're sitting in cars in cramped positions you know waiting to try and get back you know to their hotel so the whole day moves later so it doesn't become it's not an easy day and it's not a day without turmoil and and you know to them themselves so I mean it some will recover better than others but it's you know it's not a day that they can say oh you know we didn't work as hard as we could have it's it's actually it's a hard day for everyone so moves everybody late so it's it's gonna be interesting for them and tomorrow's is a big day so it'll be guns blazing again thanks very much probably Julien our Philippe losing the yellow jersey then but given that we still had to climb to team to come and if the standings are as we expect them to be he would be at 25 seconds 41 seconds to get ahead of Guerin Thomas it could have been a lot worse for him it could have been a hell a lot worse it probably you know that may have saved his podium in the Tour of France really that that now so initial disappointment maybe for him at the time as we've seen the images but he might look back on that and actually get a Tour de France podium out of it so a lot of people have gained this today and a lot of people have lost out really I would think probably the biggest losers may be grown Thomas really because we don't know what you may have been capable of on this last climb but now as probably used to say would say is gained a lot because again had they come through and been allowed to ride through those those conditions you know you don't know what they're gonna you get cold very very quickly and then that affects the body doesn't it affects how you how you're able to function really so you know it's all all we spoke about whether they should have carried on but that weather does very different things to different people doesn't it Brian yeah when doesn't losing's looking at the way though but when doesn't lose us throughout a half do you feel forgetting you just brought that up Bradley because he was setting it up I swear it wasn't he wasn't going to do any work the whole way from the top the other on to to pretty much the last claim so he could have sat on Lawrence the police was there for Kreuzberg there was you know Bachmann there they were there redden so potentially we could have come to the bottom of the claim with but now maybe setting maybe about a minute in front guarantee certain just behind so who knows what Kevin could have done enough a no claim that we will not know but any us are now in control unfortunately thought for Garant the yellow jess is worth bail now and and he'll have to fill in Tulane tomorrow I think I mean it leaves it all so tight at the top here's Guerin Tomas he didn't look that disappointed he's sort of shaking his head there to Christian freedom but we saw pictures of him otherwise with a smile on his face he seemed to be quite philosophical about to the stage as it went Brad yeah I think G will just take it as it comes really and at the end of the day you know James have real G's a real team player we've seen so many years the years he's ridden for Richie Porte for myself for Chris Froome you know at the end of days a team player and they have the yellow jersey tonight and that's all that matters really if you're in the in horse camp and it's all to play for tomorrow you know they'll move on from this you could see it from there on when he went he he never got much and the others came up to him and bound now we just sit in there sat in there when he went that was it was over so I think Gary knows that bail now was was stronger he just that the hopes of maybe defending that title but I think he'd always deep down that he was he wasn't he was up against a teammate and a stronger Raider one minute and 30 less than one minute and thirty nine separates the top for Bradley going into the last day there still could be really anybody's race it could be but the way any ice road today is Brian said they got it right today they'll regroup tonight they'll get back on it tomorrow they got one day left now to win yet another Tour de France with a different name and I think that this is it bernau has now proven himself to be the strongest in the race in the mountains and I can't sit for them to lose tomorrow now if they continue riding like they did today which I'm sure they will there's a lot of tired legs now in that race Julianne I love Philippe you can't imagine him attacking tomorrow about her and he will you know no Willy or Willie say look I'm gonna get my tools podium podium and you know you're gonna end up with maybe two on the podium again and someone who never imagined in a million years that he could end up on the podium in Julian ally fleet that's that's the way I think it will stay tomorrow now I can't see Bernal losing this race from now on Bradley you're a lover of the history of this sport the history of this race do you remember a tour like this no no I mean there's been tours obviously that the weather has affected stages over the years of course panting he dropped all Rick and won the stage came from eight minutes behind on the on the Gila be a 20 years ago but it's just chopped and changed and we've seen different names we've seen new names this tour it's been it's been a joy to watch and we're probably going to see one of the youngest winners since probably on all rig so its first Colombian yeah I mean what what what an amazing couple of weeks we've had yeah and he's come from two minutes 20 times time lost in that time she'll just over a week ago when it was scorching wasn't it he's a long time ago Brian this has been talked about as one of the most exciting races well get we'll get it black again by tomorrow and one of the most exciting races in years there this this nigh really I mean a factor that's way beyond the riders control this really secures this particular editions place in the history books doesn't that very much so we could be creating history with Bell now being the first Colombian and as Bradley says he's enjoyed I think we've all enjoyed it and it's so unpredictable some stages were thinking are we in the right countries there's not a Giro d'Italia it's a Tour de France and they'd so can a formulaic in the past years it's been good that any us haven't been so dominant but the thing is as a commentator under ponder we we criticize them because they they have been the best so we criticize them and you know coming to today I said Moscow on and in creato the what's happening with them but they did step up and you can't take anything away from them it looks like it could be one in yeah another two de France well whoever wins this trade of France think is probably fair to say cliched as it might be that the real fans the real winners rather are the fans we have no idea what to expect tomorrow we do know what the stage is supposed to look like but let's see exactly high up and out stage 20 of the Tour de France 130 kilometers from Alabama Vila to evolve to horse a category 1 climb category 2 and then the oral category climb to voucher house it's only been included once in the Tour de France that was 1994 the winner then was a Columbia could that be a sign or before that you will surely want to go through today's stage once again we've got highlights tonight at 8 o'clock we're back again at midday tomorrow and in the meantime you can download the latest Bradley Wiggins podcast well let's get our brass back this is a tier 2 front that continues to delight continues to surprise and is keeping us on the edge of our seats right until the very end what on earth can we expect on stage 20 it is anyone's guess join us that tel aviv's you


OhAiShare · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Team Dimension Data saying they're still going for overall with Kreuziger with him 26 minutes down?

Juan David Tabares Arce · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Bernal fue campeón de ciclomontañismo, facilmente hubiera pasado por encima del alud. Le hubiera sacado 4 o 5 minutos a Alaphipe.

DuderinoDeux · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Did Ineos have an incling that the stage would be decided at the top???? Easy enough to have got communication out on the course.

Karen Ciaffa · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

what happened to the rest of her skirt?

M Lee · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Brad likes to interrupt people..

Mario Jara · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

que hace ese mendigo tramposo de Wiggins ahi????? A CHINGAR A SU PUTA MADRE INGLES DE MIERDA!

Normand Bisson · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

SIR Wiggins come on ! Sir ? are you a Knight of the Queen, I mean come on ! You can drop the Sir ! This is for England only not for someone in France !!!!!!

HAIDY KANCLER · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

If Eurosport tends to be an international channel, you might rethink your hosts proteges. Its all about Ineos and english riders. The Move is so much more balanced.

D B · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Orla has been an excellent presenter

Frank Parker · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Tomorrow Buchman will end up on the podium I call it here. He has been consistently strong with no signs of weakness.

hmmm · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

One of most exciting stages, upstaged by the weather

johnd1466 · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Like Brian said Alaphilippe will attack & then blast back tomorrow, I am a Brit, love G to win… but 200% admiration for Alaphilippe & he deserves podium min, primarily No 1 in Paris, today killed all rumours of Tour de Fix for a French winner

Anthony Roberts · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

About 15 years ago, there was a heavy hailstorm at the top of an Italian Alp, but the race continued.

Simon Morse · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

At least the hailstorm and that coat will keep Wiggos asthma down

John Andrews · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

the British knight looks like he just saw a ufo

Honza Zak · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Forget the cancellation – what I don’t understand here is the fact that she uses a phone to read the updates while having a 10 year old Macbook Pro with a CD drive?!?! ;-D ;-D

Damien CALLAGHAN · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Bad Brad thinks he is at Glastonbury
He is wearing a TENT

Quique Van · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

2020: Ineos with four champions? (Carapaz's Giro of Italy count!)

Mithras · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Wiggins such a lad

Holy Mammoth · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

'Wear my war time coat in the wind and sleet'. It's a mod thing

ratliff2006 · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

What is she wearing

John Paul · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Natural disaster????? How many people died? ??? Bonkers.

Ed · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Unfortunately Bernal has two big enemies: his own Team (They want Thomas to win) and the same Tour organization (They are going to do whatever for a french wins this year…)

carlos alexandre · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

A legend as born ✌😎 great Bernal

Samuel Medrea · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Let them race, let them pick up their bikes at the blockage, jump over and continue…
a bit of hail with helmet as protection is no problem…
why did they stop….pffff, probably a womens decision…

Forexjunkie · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Most boring tour ever

Alexei Ramotar · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Wiggins in 'in hindsight they could have gone in the tunnel and then restart the race' about 1 minute later 'in hindsight it was correct to stop the race' 1:50

Полный привет · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Вигинс как сварщик а эта телка как школьница в блузке и в короткой юбке.

Mrfairchap · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

I thought there was a “big heatwave” in France?

Jonathan Bouchard · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

this is an example of the Eurosport TV stream on the Tour de France:

Welcome to the Team Ineos Channel. You are now watching The Team Ineos Show !!

Today we are on the Tour de Ineos (in France).

For the next 4 hours, let's see how Team Ineos can win the Tour de Ineos …
Actually really sad coverage… The GCN Show does WAY better!

Filippo Calvenzi · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

frenchies used HAARP to stop alaphilippe sinking

le duch · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

perfect decision riders safety riders agree, end of story! njoy tdf!

ricric · July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

Didn't Wiggins previously say G was going to win? Now Bernal? He's a real G fanboy. Bernal benefited and G lost out? It's pretty clear Bernal was stronger rider, despite G's late charge tactics. Now will G support, work for, Bernal?

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