'There's no point worrying about the time cut' - sprinters battle through the mountains

With two 146km mountain stages before Paris, the Tour de France sprinters are facing a race against time to avoid the cut

The gruppetto at the Tour de France (Dan Gould)

The Tour de France sprinters say that it is going to be tough to survive the final two mountain days in the Alps and to arrive in Paris for the sprint on Sunday.

The whirling of turbo trainers filled the air before the short and explosive 146-kilometre stage 19 to the Le Bettex summit finish on Mont Blanc. Not only the classification men, but the sprinters were warming their legs for the stage ahead.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.