Tour de France Stage 19: Reaction

Soren Kragh Andersen took his second impressive victory of the 2020 Tour de France, soloing to victory on stage 19 in Champagnole.

Michael Gogl unfortunately was ruled out ahead of the day’s stage. The Austrian’s fighting efforts over the previous 18 stages had taken its toll and he didn’t take to the start line in order to recuperate sufficiently ahead of his next block of racing.

During the day’s racing, NTT Pro Cycling’s riders played active roles t in the numerous attacks, which were expected, but missed out on the decisive move which included the eventual winner and 11 other riders.

Edvald Boasson Hagen made an attempt to bridge across to the front group with two other riders but they never managed to regain contact, eventually coming in over two minutes ahead of the maillot jaune group.

Edvald Boasson Hagen

I didn’t really think it was going to be possible to catch them, it was blocked for too long and then it was too hard to get across and it was a big group. So I was hoping that they might relax and go slow but they didn’t.

I’m really looking forward to the Champs Elysee and hopefully we can make it a good day with the team. I hope for a good result for the team, we need it now and it would be nice to finish off that way. I’ve done some good results there before and I’m looking forward to it.