Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal takes yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe as hailstorm prematurely curtails Stage 19

Tignes: Julian Alaphilippe misplaced his yellow jersey in distinctive circumstances on Friday as Tour de France organizers made the uncommon determination to cease Stage 19 within the Alps due to a hailstorm.

Egan Bernal in motion on the Tour de France. Reuters

Two days earlier than the race ends on the Champs-Elysees, Colombian climber Egan Bernal took management of the race with an incredible assault within the punishing climb to the Col de l’Iseran, the Tour’s highest level at 2,770 meters.

Down within the valley, the sudden and violent storm made the roads too harmful, main governing physique ASO to cease the race. Tour director Christian Prudhomme instantly introduced that instances can be taken on the prime of the mountain, the place Bernal was 2 minutes, 7 seconds sooner than Alaphilippe, sufficient to wipe away the Frenchman’s race lead.

The Colombian climber from the Ineos crew was 1:30 behind the Frenchman firstly of the stage.

The stoppage, as racers had been flying by means of hairpin bends down from the Iseran climb, threw the race into chaos.

TV protection confirmed a snowplow attempting to clear the highway of snowy slush, awash with streams of water and ice, because the riders had been dashing towards that part of the stage.

It instantly grew to become clear that the highway was unpassable on a motorcycle, and organizers made an on-the-spot determination that the riders’ security needed to come first.

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