Stage 19: Bourgoin-Jallieu - Aubenas
Thursday, July 2, 2009 11.00pm
Lone attack likely
Stage 19 from Bougoin-Jallieu to Aubenas could well see a breakaway or lone attacker succeed as the GC leaders will save their energy for tomorrow's hardest day on the Mont Ventoux, and the sprinter teams may be too tired to reel anyone back in on the 195 kilometre course. The Tour de France is almost over as the bunch will wind its way southwards through the Rhône valley. With a little back wind, this is a perfect chance for anyone still fresh to get some precious TV time and possibly a stuffed toy lion on a podium in Aubenas.
Jonathan Vaughters' views
Don’t forget about this toughie…. Everyone will have their minds focused on the next day’s Mont Ventoux, leaving this stage pretty open.
It’s hard to predict the tactics this far away, but whoever wins on this day will have to be tough and well-recovered. It’s a stage for maybe Sylvain Chavanel or David Moncoutie ?
It’s also a day where a weary or sick GC rider can collapse.