Tour de France Glance

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LE GRAND-BORNAND, France (AP) — A brief look at Friday's 19th stage of the 100th Tour de France:

Stage: The 19th stage was the second and toughest of three days of climbing in the Alps. The 127-mile trek featured two HC climbs and two Category 1 ascents between Bourg-d'Oisans and Le Grand-Bornand in the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. They are known as HC (Hors Categorie) because they are considered beyond classification.

Winner: Portuguese rider Rui Costa secured his second stage win of the race and third of his career after a well-timed attack early into the day's final climb. German veteran Andreas Kloeden was second and Belgian Jan Bakelants was third.

Yellow Jersey: Christopher Froome. The British rider kept his lead of 5 minutes, 11 seconds over rival Alberto Contador. Colombian Nairo Quintana remains in third place and is only 21 seconds behind Contador as their podium battle intensifies.

Stat of the day: 14,498 feet. The total amount of distance ridden uphill in Friday's stage. American rider Andrew Talansky of the Garmin-Sharp team measured it on the GPS mini-computer he carries on his bike.

Quote of the day: "I certainly feel a big sigh of relief. Today was a day I was nervous about, happy to put it behind us." — Froome.

What's next: Froome has only one more day of hard climbing before reaching Paris on Sunday, where he is set to become the second British winner of the race in consecutive years after Bradley Wiggins' success last year.

 
 
 

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