Stage 19: Bonneval - Chartres 53.5km
Welcome to DP's coverage of stage 19 of the 2012 Tour de France.
We joined with Maillot Jaune Bradley Wiggins just on the road with the most important 53.5km of career ahead of him. It was all to win or lose, and Bradley Wiggins did so - definitively.
General Classification - Top 10
1. WIGGINS Bradley 101 SKY PROCYCLING 84h 26' 31''
2. FROOME Christopher 105 SKY PROCYCLING 84h 29' 52'' + 03' 21''
3. NIBALI Vincenzo 51 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 84h 32' 50'' + 06' 19''
4. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 111 LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 84h 36' 46'' + 10' 15''
5. VAN GARDEREN Tejay 9 BMC RACING TEAM 84h 37' 35'' + 11' 04''
6. ZUBELDIA Haimar 19 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 84h 42' 14'' + 15' 43''
7. EVANS Cadel 1 BMC RACING TEAM 84h 42' 22'' + 15' 51''
8. ROLLAND Pierre 29 TEAM EUROPCAR 84h 43' 02'' + 16' 31''
9. BRAJKOVIC Janez 181 ASTANA PRO TEAM 84h 43' 09'' + 16' 38''
10. PINOT Thibaut 146 FDJ-BIGMAT 84h 43' 48'' + 17' 17''
Stage Result - Top 10
1. WIGGINS Bradley 101 SKY in 1:04:13
2. FROOME Christopher 105 SKY in 1:05:29 at 01:16
3. SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 155 RAB in 1:06:03 at 01:50
4. VELITS Peter 199 OPQ in 1:06:15 at 02:02
5. PORTE Richie 107 SKY in 1:06:38 at 02:25
6. GRETSCH Patrick 215 ARG in 1:06:41 at 02:28
7. VAN GARDEREN Tejay 9 BMC in 1:06:47 at 02:34
8. KIRYIENKA Vasili 167 MOV in 1:06:59 at 02:46
9. TAARAMAE Rein 81 COF in 1:07:03 at 02:50
10. ROY Jérémy 148 FDJ in 1:07:18 at 03:05
Flash quote from Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford, "I really think he showed why he is the leader of our team. He smashed it [the race] to be honest. And Froomy did the same. It is just good to have two British guys who can perform at the highest level in the world in a sport that traditionally we've not been good at."
CET 17.38: Now Wiggins arrives - and punches the air has he crosses the line - winner of the stage and, bar incident, of the Tour de France - the first Briton to do so.
Nibali arrives well, but Froome is almost in the finishing straight too.
Sanchez has a chance to go for a walk as Froome takes his place on the hot seat with a
Wiggins looks to be extending his lead with each kilometre. He is stamping his authority not just on the race but on the team.
Tejay Van Garderen who was 6th fastest at the 2nd Intermediate and completes the course 5th fastest while Evans comes in, having recovered somewhat, to finish 48th 4'04" behind Sanchez.
Haimar ZUBELDIA (Radioshack) almost came unstuck on a corner with a couple of kilometres to go, pulling his right foot out to stop himself flying into the barriers. Will this affect his overall position - he looks OK - and will do. He might even go up a place if Evans finishes as poorly as predicted.
CET 17.22: Janez BRAJKOVIC finishes 42nd fastest. Rolland is next and will lose his 8th spot to Brajovic.
John LeLangue, BMC's DS, continues to holler information and encouragement to Tejay Van Garderen
Thibaut Pinot looks like he has kept his top 10 place (10th) despite finishing 3'41" down on Sanchez.
Andreas Kloden has managed to overtake Nicholas Roche after the Irishman lost over 2' at the finish.
The question to ask Froome is did he actually spend his childhood halfway up Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) not in Kenya?
Could Froome have blown Wiggins away in the mountains? Would he be willing to play second fiddle to Wiggins? Will he be in Sky colours next year?
Sanchez gives a wry smile as Wiggins passes the 2nd Intermediate ... 53" faster than Froome, nearly 50km/hr!
CET 17.08: Bradley Wiggins is steaming along - we'll find out how fast in jut a few minutes. Froome meanwhile passes the 2nd Intermediate 4"12 faster than Sanchez. Remember is was 26" faster at the first so he is going slower now.
Jurgen V.DEN BROECK passes the second intermediate in 22nd spot, 1'31 down on Sanchez. He is definitely going to lose his spot to Van Garderen.
What is Evans thinking right now - focussing on the back wheel of Tejay V.G. - but he has lost three minutes.
The DS of Van Garderen is shouting encouragement 'great effort there!" The catch is almost made -with 20km to go - and Evans is passed.
Van Garderen has almost caught Cadel Evans! He can see him ahead! Menchov finished 22nd fastest.
CET 17.00: Sanchez is looking upbeat sitting on the hot-seat but he knows his time will be up soon.
Tommy Voeckler is looking sanguine after finishing 122nd slowest so far. His sponsors will be happy though as he has won the Mountains Classification.
The profile of positions 2nd to 8th on GC is going to get a shake up tonight. Pierre Rolland, currently 8th is going 52nd fastest at the intermediate.
Chris Froome sets the fastest time to the first check point with 17.01, 23 secs faster than Tejay. Wiggins has 40km to go, and hits the intermediate 12secs faster than Froome! 16'49".
CET 16.46: Michele Scarponi (Lampre) has finished in 36th spot, followed by Michael Rogers in 38th.
Tejay Van Garderen was fastest at the 14km intermediate
The fastest rider is Luis Leon SANCHEZ. (RAB) with 1:06:03. Peter Velits is second fastest just 12secs behind.
CET 15.40: All the favourites are on the road.
Route of the 2012 Tour de France©Photo © Mark Sharon/Daily Peloton
Prologue, Sat 30 June : , Liège - Liège 6.1 km
Stage 1 flat, Sun 1 July: Liège - Seraing 198 km;
Stage 2 flat, Mon 2 July, Visé - Tournai 207 km;
Stage 3 medium mountains, Tues 3 July, Orchies - Boulogne-sur-Mer 197 km;
Stage 4 flat, Weds 4 July, Abbeville - Rouen 214 km;
Stage 5, flat Thurs 5 July, Rouen - Saint-Quentin 197 km;
Stage 6 flat, Fri 6 July, Épernay - Metz 210 km;
Stage 7 medium mountain, Sat 7 July, Tomblaine - La Planche des Belles Filles 199 km;s
Stage 8 medium mountains, Sun 8 July, Belfort - Porrentruy 154 km;
Stage 9 Individual Time Trial, Mon 9 July, Arc-et-Senans - Besançon 38 km;
Stage 10 high mountains, Weds 11 July, Mâcon - Bellegarde-sur-Valserine 194 km;
Stage 11 high mountains, Thurs 12 July, Albertville - La Toussuire – Les Sybelles 140 km;
Stage 12 medium mountains, Fri 13 July, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Annonay 220 km;
Stage 13 flat, Sat 14 July, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Le Cap d’Agde 215 km;
Stage 14 high mountains, Sun 15 July, Limoux - Foix 192 km;
Stage 15 flat, Mon 16 July, Samatan - Pau 160 km;
Stage 16 high mountains, Weds 18 July, Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon 197 km;
Stage 17 high mountains, Thurs 19 July, Bagnères-de-Luchon - Peyragudes 144 km;
Stage 18 flat, Fri 20 July, Blagnac - Brive-la-Gaillarde 215 km;
Stage 19 Individual Time Trial, Time trial: Sat 21 July, Bonneval - Chartres 52 km;
Stage 20 flat, Sun 22 July, Rambouillet - Paris Champs-Élysées 130 km;
Link: Le Tour Official Website
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