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Costa: up, down... and onward to victory (again)!
For the second time in four days, Rui Costa has won a stage of the Tour de France by attacking the final climb, opening a good gap on his rivals and holding them all off with a speedy descent. The Portuguese rider won in Gap by flying up and over the col de Manse and on the road to Le Grand Bornand, he did the same.
The launch pad that he used this time was the col de la Croix Fry and he was never challenged even though the riders in second and third were both from the RadioShack-Leopard team. Andreas Kloden finished second after a tussle with the yellow jersey in the 2004 edition and he was runner-up again in Le Grand Bornand. On a day when the presence of five cols could upset the overall rankings significantly, there was no change to the top five but Michael Rogers and Laurens Ten Dam dropped out of the top 10, replaced by Daniel Navarro and Alejandro Valverde.
This was a day when Sky needed to mark their rivals, and a big group raced ahead early to open up a gap of over 12 minutes on the group that contained the yellow jersey. It became a race in two parts, one for the stage win - once again won by Costa - and the other for GC positioning. In Gap after the second rest day there was still a mood of optimism in the Saxo-Tinkoff team as they challenged Froome for the yellow jersey and although there was a hint of the same enthusiasm from Contador and his cohorts, there wasn't the same sort of aggressive descending that we saw at the end of stage 16.
Froome followed the other GC riders to the finish, was 25th in the stage... and now he has one more day to cope with before the parade to Paris.
Cycling enthusiasts from all over the world are going to be gathered together all across France for the always exciting Tour de France this summer. The 2013 edition of the race is going to be even more intriguing from an international standpoint, knowing that this is going to be the 100th time that this race has been run. Join us here at BookMaker Sportsbook, as we dive right into the ins and outs of Stage 19, as we have the best Tour de France betting coverage that you'll find on the internet!
2013 Tour De France betting action is set to take the world by storm this summer! On Friday, July 19th, the best cyclists in the world will get together for Stage 19 of the Tour de France, which will take run from Bourg-d'Oisans to the Le Grand-Bornand, France. Coverage for this and all of the stages can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States.
The riders will have been through a lot since their last day of rest, but they wouldn't have been through a stage that covers more than 172.5 kilometers since back on July 14th in the mountains. This is also a mountainous stage for sure, but it isn't nearly as hilly as its sister stages before it. Here in the Alps, there are always all sorts of challenges to overcome to beat the Tour de France betting lines, and only the strong will survive.
What makes Stage 19 such a horror isn't so much the stage itself, rather the cumulative effect of such a grueling race. Remember that this is going to be the 19th day of the Tour and the 17th day of racing. Thursday is one of the toughest days of the Tour de France as well, as it is a run up the Alpe-d'Huez not just once, but twice.
Now come five more climbs, two of which right at the outset of the stage are incredibly steep. Getting up to the Col du Glandon isn't the end of the world right at the start of a stage, as it comes just 35 kilometers in. The incline isn't as steep as it looks, and it comes over quite some time, but stamina shouldn't be an issue at that point.
Where someone like Alberto Contador will make his move is in the second incline. The riders are going to go from 463 meters above sea level to 2,000 meters above sea level at the highest point of Stage 19, and only those that can manage to keep their heads on straight will be survivors for the rest of this stage on the Tour de France betting odds.
The last race up the mountaintop at the Col de la Croix Fry isn't going to be an easy one either at 1,477 meters above sea level, but at least the last dozen kilometers or so are all done so on flat land.
We sincerely doubt there will be much uncertainty left as to who is going to be the man to make for great Tour de France betting picks by the time the riders finish on the Alps, but there are still classifications that will surely be up for grabs. The King of the Mountains could very well be decided in Stage 19, and that might be the most intriguing part of this stage of the Tour.
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