Snow forces mid-race neutralisation of Tour de France stage 19
Stage 19 of the Tour de France has ended in dramatic fashion with racing called to a halt due to ice and snow on the road.
With roughly 30km to go in the stage, as race leaders Egan Bernal and Simon Yates descended off the Col de l’Iseran towards the final climb of the day, race organisers made the decision to call off the stage. While the riders were descending on dry roads, lower down the slopes a storm had dumped ice and snow on the road. Helicopter images showed snowploughs working feverishly to clear the road before the riders arrived.
Times were taken at the top of the Col de l’Iseran. At that moment Egan Bernal was away solo, with enough of a lead over erstwhile leader Julian Alaphilippe to take the virtual lead. That virtual lead appears to have become the overall lead with one stage remaining in the mountains.
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