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Gallery: Christophe Laporte wins for the French on Stage 19 of the 2022 Tour de France

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22 Jul 2022
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Of all the things we’ve seen in the 2022 Tour de France, what we haven’t had is a single predictable day of racing.

That changed on Stage 19, a flat 188.3km run northeast from Castelnau-Magnoac to Cahors, right down to to Jumbo-Visma winning another stage.

What was unpredictable was the identity of the Jumbo-Visma rider – no it wasn’t Wout, or even Jonas, but Christophe Laporte, who ended France’s near-40 stage run without a win in their own race.

With all the main classifications now decided barring disaster, and a breathlessly exciting Tour having delivered precious few straightforward sprint finishes across the previous 18 stages, this one had the feel of a bunch finish all day long.

Yes a break went away – Mikkel Honoré (QuickStep Alpha Vinyl), Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) doing the honours – but in truth it felt like they were going through the motions and the gap never went beyond 90 seconds.

Simmons went solo with 50km to go in a do-or-die effort to claim the stage win, but while he took the second of the pair of 4th category climbs on the day, the catch came soon after.

There was still time for a small dig from Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) – apparently just because he can – and a few half-hearted attempts from a range of potential opportunists looking to change the narrative, and that seemed to be the case too with a three-man move involving Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels-KTM).

But the gap then grew to around 30 seconds, and the leaders held on despite the best efforts of what was a diminished peloton behind. The move was caught right as they passed under the red flag with 1km to go, but then Wright pushed on himself in a last-ditch effort.

Having been the first to reach the group from the peloton, Laporte then rode around the fading Stuyven and Gougeard in pursuit. It wasn’t a fair fight, and the much fresher Laporte overhauled an exhausted Wright to finish well clear of second placed Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) at the line.

Join us as we look back over the best of the day’s action courtesy of Godingimages.

The day’s four-man break was initially a five-man break until Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) was reabsorbed into the peloton.

Horse power versus pedal power.

Obligatory sunflower shot.

Second in the end for Jasper Philipsen, not a bad day’s work.

Those are some tired-looking faces. 

It’s been a few days since we’ve seen Alpecin-Deceuninck, Lotto Soudal and BikeExchange-Jayco working on the front of the bunch.

Jumbo-Visma on the other hand...

Taco van der Hoorn and Mikkel Honoré were distanced from the break on the last climb of the day...

...While Quinn Simmons and Matej Mohorič forged ahead.

The Danish fans were out in force to cheer on Tour leader and new polka dot leader Jonas Vingegaard. Hope they gave Simon Geschke a wave as he went by too.

Not much of a bunch sprint in the end, was it?

Finally the French have a stage win in the 2022 Tour de France.

Yes, Christophe, that really did just happen.

Nathan van Hooydonck and Wout van Aert are all smiles after stage win number 5 for Jumbo-Visma.