Longest tour de France Stage
Tour de France is regarded as the biggest cycling competition on the globe. The multi-stage bicycle races that comprise of 21 sections are the ultimate test of participants’ strength and stamina.
Since 1903 when Tour de France started, every new competition comes with challenges that make it more enthralling. In the ongoing race, the longest tour de france stage was section 19. The 2017 competition’s 19th stage was 222.5 kilometers (138 miles) starting from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence.
As the competition heads to the last stages, here are the five most important takes from the longest tour de France stage.
Boasson Hagen, at last, won the longest Stage
During the 7th and 16th stages, Hagen only managed a distant second. However, he left nothing to chance on the 19th stage and managed to finally get the victory for his group when he crossed the line in Salon-de-Provence.
The Norwegian team was wondering how to get a win in any of the stages and Hagen delivered it in the longest tour de France stage. Stage seven when Hagen almost hit the crossing line was rather ‘cruel’ as Marcel Kittel crossed the line only a pixel ahead.
He was this close! But in stage 19, he proved he can do it with an emphatic win that replicated his first win in a stage during the 2011 Tour de France competition.
Team Sky relaxed in stage 19 and focused more on remaining stages
A rider group of about 20 hit the road and edged fast ahead of others; they had moments to relax with no threat in sight. All that Team Sky wanted was trying to keep Froome from possible harm for the subsequent stage 20 in Marseille.
The Sky Team coach was at one point very disappointed when the gap between peloton and break started decreasing rapidly. “If we allow the gap to close and fall behind, the impact could affect the finale,” Portal Nicholas pointed.
Michael Mathews easy win to Paris
The Team Sunweb’s Michael Mathews commenced the race and was determined to spoil Sagan Peter from getting a 6th consecutive jersey. But it is how Michael panned out that was unexpected.
To begin with, Sagan got disqualified after clashing with Cavendish Mark in the 4th stage. Then, Arnaud Demare of France dropped with illness while Marcel Kittel crashed out.
However, it would be incorrect to suggest that Sagan was happy for the easy stretch. Instead, he maintained consistency to Paris.
Thomas De Gendt efforts remarkable but still lags behind
Thomas efforts to get the best in the longest tour de France stage did not help him get the first position.
But he emerged third in the mountains classification. All along, the Belgian appeared to know exactly what he wanted; getting more points in the sprints and mountains categories.
Despite the remarkable achievement, Thomas sits 6th overall on points’ classification. This means that is likely to end the competition without winning any stage in 2017 highly tour de France competitions.