A Cracking ride from Australian Michael Mathews gave him todayís stage win in scorching temperatures , Alberto Bettiol was second with Thibaut Pinoli in 3rd . No real change in the top 3 , sees Vinegaard lead from Pogacar . A flat 200km stage tomorrow before Mondays rest day , then a return to the mountains on Tuesday
Withdrawals , Crashes, Protests and a debut tour win , todayís stage had a bit of everything. Belgiums Jasper Philpsen won his first TDF stage today in a sprint finish , Wout Van Aert was second with Mads Pedersen in third . A bad day for race leader Jonas Vinegaardís Jumbo Visma team as they lost two riders to injuries. Vinegaard continues to lead the race with an 02:22 advantage Iíve Pogacar. Much needed rest tomorrow
Pogacar and Vinegaard almost rode each other to standstill today as they battled each other for the stage win in a mountain top finish, Pogacar claimed the win with Vinegaard in second but failed to make any real dent in Vinegaards overall lead , Geraint Thomas lost time but is still in third place. Final day in the mountains tomorrow so itís all or nothing for Pogacar , he needs to put a real dent in Vinegaards lead and be on the top step of the podium on Sunday
It looks like itís all over, barring an accident
Brilliant teamwork from Jumbo Visma sets up Vingegaard to take the last mountain stage and increase his lead
Pogacar will probably get some time back in the TT but it wonít be nearly enough.
After todayís stage it looks like the top three positions are all but settled, canít honestly see any other outcome now , the green jersey looks like it will go to Wout Van Aert , with Vinegaard taking the Polka Dot jersey to go with the yellow one , Pogacar may take some solace in winning the white jersey, but itís not the colour he was looking for. 189 km and flat tomorrow a day for the sprinters before the TT on Saturday.
Itís taken until stage 19!, but France finally has a stage winner in this yearís tour? Christophe Laporte powered to a stage win today with Jasper Philpsen coming second. 40 Km time trail tomorrow before Sundays finale
Wout Van Aert we on todayís time trial stage with Jonas Vinegaard finishing in second, Tadej Pogacar claimed 3rd place. Vinegaard will ride into Paris tomorrow as 2022 champion with Pogacar and Thomas joining him on the podium
Jonas Vinegaard took overall victory and also won the King of the mountains title, Tadej Pogacar came second and also was young rider of the tour. Geraint Thomas was an excellent third with Wout Van Aert winning the points title