Costa Wins Stage 19 of Tour de France
Rui Costa (Movistar) has won his second stage of this year’s Tour de France and the third of his career. The Portuguese rider surged away from Pierre Rolland (Europcar) and soloed home to win Stage 19, a mountainous, 204.5-km ride from Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand, in 5:59:01. Andreas Kloeden (RadioShack-Leopard) finished second at 0:48, and his teammate Jan Bakelants finished third at 1:44. Chris Froome (Sky) remains the maillot jaune.
the foot of the last climb so I only had to attack and win, and things went perfectly. It was basically the same strategy from the other day: I had to wait for the last climb and make a move. Fortunately, my legs responded as good as they could do. I think this victory will bring much calmness to the team. Since that day into the crosswinds, my goal was clearly going for stage wins; we had to forget about what happened, and we will really do, because I will remember this Tour by what happened afterwards: these two victories that make me so happy. Movistar is not only Nairo and me: there's Alejandro, always upfront, and a huge team helping us out, making a massive work you often don't see - we owe them everything we have. We'll be helping Nairo tomorrow - he's impressive. Let's see if we can get him safely into the podium. These two stages go to all the people supporting me from Portugal and all those ones always by my side."
In the overall, Froome leads Contador by 5:11 and Quintana by 5:32. Stage 20 will be the last attacking stage of the Tour. The mountainous, 125-km stage from Annecy to Annecy/Semnoz will feature six categorized climbs, including a Category 1 and an hors categorie ascent toward the end of the stage. Forty-seven seconds separate second from fifth on GC. Who will wind up on the podium with Froome? Contador? Quintana? Roman Kreuziger (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff)? Rodriguez? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!