Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 19 update today as Jonas Vingegaard moves closer to victory

Tour de France 2022: Vingegaard drops Pogacar in final hill test of Tour

The 2022 Tour de France concludes today after fireworks between Jonas Vingegaard and defending champion Tadej Pogacar during Stages 17 and 18, leaving the Dane poised to claim victory and his first Grand Tour title. Today there is only the flat stage from Castelnau Magnoac to Cahors, the time trial on Saturday and the ceremonial drive to the Champs-Élysées on Sunday.

The Jumbo Visma leader conquered Hautacam and now simply needs to avoid disaster to triumph in cycling’s greatest stage. The sprinters still have a shot at glory themselves, with a wide-open Stage 19 where Jasper Philipsen, Wout van Aert, Fabio Jakobsen and Caleb Ewan will all test their chances at 188km.

“It’s incredible,” said Vingegaard after extending his lead to three minutes and 26 seconds, while Geraint Thomas appears primed for a podium finish and is four minutes and 34 seconds behind with a three minute and five second lead on David Gaudu in fourth place. “This morning I said to my girlfriend and my daughter that I wanted to win for them and I did. I’m really happy and proud. This one is for my two girls at home. I was just glad it was finally over. It was incredibly difficult. Of course I’m incredibly happy to have won the stage. We still have two days to go before we get to Paris and we have to stay focused.” Follow the latest promotions from level 19 below.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

44 km to go: Quinn Simmons’ efforts are beginning to show on the leader. The peloton closed to 21 seconds.

Jonas Vingegaard won the KOM competition and the polka dot jersey, but as he also leads the Tour de France, Simon Geschke is in possession today.

He’s dropped behind the main group with about eight others and they’re already a minute behind.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

48 km to go: Simmons dropped Mohoric! Does the young American think he can win this stage on his own? In the front of the race he is doing well.

The three pursuers seem content to be pushed back into the peloton.

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50 km to go: It’s an interesting move for Simmons to attack from the line of flight. If these riders were hoping to win the stage, they would need as many legs as possible to set the pace, but now it’s just Simmons and Mohoric.

Maybe that’s enough. They’ve increased their lead over the peloton to 54 seconds, but 50km is still a long way off.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

52 km to go: Movement! Quinn Simmons flies away from the other three riders in the breakaway to try and win the KOM point offered at the top of the climb.

Matej Mohoric follows him and catches up with him in time to be the first to cross the finish line. The breakaway has split and the other two riders are happy to let Simmons and Mohoric go.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

56 km to go: This first climb is about 2 km long and has a gradient of 6.2% in parts. The peloton picked up the pace and the gap between them and the breakaway is now just over 30 seconds.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

58 km to go: This phase appears to be a sprint finish. The climbs in two categories aren’t overly difficult today and as long as the sprinters stay close to the front of the peloton they should be well positioned for the eventual entrance to Cahors.

The four riders of the breakaway are about to climb the Cote de la Cité Medievale de Lauzerte.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

65 km to go: The leading riders are around 10km from the first Category 4 climb and have a 53 second lead.

The hope for these breakaways is that more riders will soon come out and join them or they will eventually be caught by the fresher legs of those in the peloton.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

75 km to go: Breakaway rider Matej Mohoric is determined to finish with a stage win after what has been a difficult Tour so far. Speaking to reporters this morning, he said:

“I wasn’t at my best during this tour, but I’m getting better. The first week was the worst for me, I must have caught an infection or something. But yeah, I’m starting to feel better, and there’s always hope, you know.

“One last chance and let’s see how it goes. Although I think there’s a slim chance the breakaway will make it because there are a lot of sprint teams that are actually willing to control the race. “You have to believe, you know. It’s not over until it’s over. There’s always a chance, even if it’s small, and you can’t give up. Especially when you know what happened last year, which was supposed to be a sprint stage, but in the end it wasn’t.”

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 19 LIVE

80 km to go: The leading quartet has a lead of around 700 meters over the peloton, which is around 50 seconds. Before the first of today’s two Category 4 climbs there is still almost 30 km of flat riding to overcome.

If they want, the peloton will catch up with that group before then.

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