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Tour de France 2023: stage 19 brings the race to Poligny – live | Tour de France, 2023

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One of the talking points from yesterday’s stage Philipsen’s response to Pascal Eenkhoorn when he attacked a bridge across to the airport was – and still is. If you missed it, Philipsen was seen blocking Eenkhoorn and was accused of using “bullying tactics” – you can see a glimpse of it in the image below.

Rouleur’s Rachel Jary is having a penny year an opinion piece on the subject. She writes: “Speaking to the Belgian media afterwards, Philipsen said sports that the move was not meant to be aggressive. “I was trying to sprint and I was good with three leaders,” was his explanation. “It certainly wasn’t meant to be mean or arrogant. But I didn’t want more riders in the front.”

“Regardless of his intentions, Philipsen’s actions should not have been taken, and he deserves some form of punishment from the judges for his conduct. Even if this penalty does not affect the outcome of the stage, it is necessary to set a precedent that this type of behavior is not welcome in professional bicycle racing. It’s understandable that Philipsen wanted to control the race, but this was more than that. Every rider who makes it to the start line deserves a fair shot, whether you’re a stage winner or not.”

What would happen today? Well, after yesterday’s success for the separation (and especially, Asgreen), I imagine those who didn’t manage to replicate it will be hungry. Also, as we approach the final stages of this year’s Tour, riders without a stage win will be looking for their chance. Time is ticking. And then there’s Philipsen…he didn’t get the sprint finish he was after yesterday, so is he hoping for a flat finish today?

With just a few more stages to go in the 2023 Tour de France, and the yellow jersey contest pretty much nailed down (who, never say never), what kind of action would you like to see happen in the coming days?

Who is wearing the sweater

  • Yellow: Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 72 hours 04 minutes 39 seconds

  • Green: Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) 352ps

  • Polka dot: Giulio Ciccone (Lidl-Trek) 88pts

  • White: Tadej Pogacar (Emirates UAE)

Giulio Ciccone making the most of wearing the polka dot jersey (helmet and gloves) during yesterday's stage 18 of the Tour de France.
Giulio Ciccone making the most of wearing the polka dot jersey (helmet and gloves) during yesterday’s stage 18 of the Tour de France. Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Asgreen cruises to a stunning win on stage 18 with Vingegaard still leading the Tour

Step 18 Report: Jonas Vingegaard maintained his overall dominance in the Tour de France when Kasper Asgreen Soudal Quick-Step won stage 18 in Bourg-en-Bresse. Asgreen was one of four riders at dawn to survive an exciting chase by the pace peloton, as the race left the Alps behind and entered the Rhone valley. Jeremy Whittle reports from Bourg-en-Bresse…

Top 10 on General Classification

  • Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 72 hours 04 minutes 39 seconds

  • Tadej Pogacar (Team Emirates UAE) +7min 35sec

  • Adam Yates (Team Emirates UAE) +10min 45sec

  • Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) +12 minutes 01 seconds

  • Simon Yates (Jayco AlUla) +12 minutes 19 seconds

  • Pello Bilbao (Victory of Bahrain) +12 minutes 50 seconds

  • Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) +13 minutes 50 seconds

  • Felix Gall (AG2R-Citreon) +16 minutes 11 seconds

  • Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) +16 minutes 49 seconds

  • David Gaudu (Group-FDJ) +17 minutes 57 seconds

Jonas Vingegaard's grip on the yellow jersey is pretty tight, but who will join him on the final podium in Paris?
Jonas Vingegaard’s grip on the yellow jersey is pretty tight, but who will join him on the final podium in Paris? Photo: Christophe Petit-Tesson/EPA

Stage 19: Moirans-en-Montagne-Poligny (173km)

William Fotheringham on stage 19: Another fair stage, this time out of the Jura and into the Doubs. This should be another sprint, but there is a stiff little climb 26km out, which could really throw off the remaining riders in the sprinters’ teams. So maybe a reduced run for a seasoned warhorse like Mads Pedersen. Today’s stage is due to roll out at around 12.15pm (BST).

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