Zero riders abandoned the race on stage 20, all keen to celebrate surviving the Tour with a peaceful ride to Paris before the racing begins on the Champs-Élysées.
However, stage 19 saw the emotional abandon of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who was looking like he was in with a great chance of taking a first Tour victory for France since Bernard Hinault in 1985.
Two riders failed to take the start on stage 18, Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb), with Luis León Sánchez (Astana) and Cees Bol (Sunweb) climbing off before stage 17.
However, the big story on stage 17 was Luke Rowe (Ineos) and Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) coming together in a physical disagreement, the result being the pair getting chucked out of the race.
The incident also took down Sunweb’s Cees Bol, and took place around 28 kilometres from the finish line of the stage.
Bol was able to get back on his bike and return to the peloton, but Fugslang – who entered the day in ninth overall, 5 minutes 27 seconds outside of the yellow jersey time – did not.
Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman left the race over the course of the second rest day, after struggling with lower back pain.
Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) failed to take the start on stage 14 following a crash during the stage 13 time trial.
The German was seen suffering to the line, bleeding from the knee during the sole ITT in this year’s Tour.
The race against the clock claimed another victim, with Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) suffering a heavy crash on the run-in to the finish, clipping a barrier and staying on the floor until an ambulance could get to him. The young Belgian will now face two months off the bike as he recovers from a deep cut to his leg, which required surgery.
One of the most notable abandons of this year’s Tour occurred on stage 12, when Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) climbed off with 80km to go and his team conducted some very peculiar PR, making it clear they were very confused about the Australian’s reasons for climbing off. Dennis is yet to give an explanation regarding his decision to pull out of the race but says it was “the right decision” for him.
Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) was another casualty on stage 12, after the Italian had failed to recover properly from injuries sustained in a crash on the previous day.
Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) abandoned on stage 11 after crashing and breaking his collarbone. Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) abandoned ahead of the stage with flu.
Alessandro De Marchi crashed out of stage nine. The CCC Team rider was stretchered to hospital, and treated for injuries including a collapsed lung.
A crash at the start of stage seven, the 230km route the longest stage of this year’s race, saw Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and former yellow jersey holder Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) hitting the deck.
Teunissen was fine and Van Garderen got back on his bike, face bloodied. The American struggled to the finish with a fractured hand, coming across the line more than three minutes down on the bunch, with his team announcing he wouldn’t be taking the start line the next day.
Two riders were unable to reach the finish line on stage six at the 2019 Tour de France, ending their journey to Paris early.
Patrick Bevin (CCC) did not start the stage, having sustained two fractured ribs in a crash on stage four.
His team tweeted: “We’re sad to see Paddy go but it’s the best thing for his recovery.”
Meanwhile, Cofidis, Solutions Crédits’ Nicholas Edet was dropped en route to the pivotal La Planche des Belles Filles.
Edet had been ill ahead of the stage, and pulled the plug having lost over seven minutes on the bunch, his team said: “he was dropped in the early afternoon and could not finish the stage.”
There were fears that debutant Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) might be out of the race ahead of stage four.
The Danish cyclist crashed during stage three, having worked on the front of the peloton to set up Julian Alaphilippe for a victory that put him into the leader’s jersey.
He completed the stage, 20 minutes 26 seconds down on the leader. However, was taken to hospital and pictures later emerged of his bike snapped into two pieces.
The 24-year-old Danish national TT champion was able to begin the race the next day.
There were also concerns that on form Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) may have been ousted from contention following a crash during the opening stage.
He was left with knee and eye injuries, but recovered to start the next stage.
Stage 20 abandonments
Stage 19 abandonments
Thibaut Pinot – DNF
Stage 18 abandonments
Lukas Pöstlberger – DNS
Søren Kragh Andersen – DNS
Stage 17 abandonments
Luke Rowe – DSQ
Tony Martin – DSQ
Luis León Sánchez – DNS
Cees Bol – DNS
Stage 16 abandonments
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) – DNF – crash
Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) – DNS – lower back pain
Stage 15 abandonments
Stage 14 abandonments
Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) – DNS
Stage 13 (ITT) abandonments
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) – DNF – leg wound
Stage 12 abandonments
Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) – DNS
Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) DNF
Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) – DNF
Stage 11 abandonments
Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) – DNS – Flu
Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) – DNF – broken scapula
Stage 10 abandonments
Stage nine abandonments
Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) – crash, collapsed lung
Stage eight abandonments
Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) – DNS – broken hand
Christophe Laporte (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) – DNF
Stage seven abandonments
Stage six abandonments
Patrick Bevin (CCC) – DNS – broken ribs
Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) – DNF
Stage five abandonments
Stage four abandonments
Stage three abandonments
Stage two abandonments
Stage one abandonments
This page will be updated as the race progresses