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Ondrej Cink was forced to pull out from Tour de France because of knee injury

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Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD) took his and his team’s first victory at this year’s Tour de France.

 

Ondrej Cink was forced to abandon from Tour de France because of knee injury.

 

 

Tour de France 2017.

EMBRUN – SALON-DE-PROVENCE – 222,5 km / Stage 19

 

Salon-de-Provence, France, July 21st  

 

Today’s 19th stage was a 222,5 km long challenge, the longest one of this edition of Tour de France. A stage of diverse climate conditions that started in the mild Hautes-Alpes and ended in warm and humid Provence. There were 3 climbs of Cat. 3 on the stage, Col Lebraut (26km), Cote de Breziers (43km) and Col du Pointu (177,5km), and a 40km long descent, Alpes-du-Haute-Provence.

 

Philippe Mauduit, BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team director, instructed the riders on the bus meeting to jump in a breakaway on the first climb, if possible. After 20 km, Ondrej Cink had to pull out of the race due to pain and inflammation that he had felt in the last few days in his left knee.

 

There was an immediate breakaway of 20 riders on the first climb and the breakaway stayed to the last phase of the race, until Salon-de-Provence. Unfortunately, none of the BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team riders succeed to jump in a breakaway today.

 

Bakelants, De Gendt, Bennati, Chavanel, Keukeleire, Boasson Hagen, Arndt, Gesbert and Albasini gave a bigger effort and made an additional distance from the others. On the last 10 km to finish, these 10 riders had a quarter of a minute advantage from the chasing group and even 10 minutes from the peloton and Chris Froome.

 

In the end, the stage victory went to Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD), a first ever victory at Tour de France for him. Boasson managed to make a solo finish after more than 220km. The runner-up was Nikias Arndt (SUN) and the third place was taken by Jens Keukeliere (ORS). Boasson Hagen took the first victory for his team at Tour de France this year.

 

Christopher Froome (SKY) got much closer to promoting his Millot Jaume through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday. After today’s stage, he has an advantage of 23 seconds ahead of Romain Bardet (AG2R) and 29 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Uran (CDT).

 

Credits @MiwaIIjima