The Tour de France 2017 tackles its penultimate road stage on stage 19, the longest stage of the race
Thursday’s 222.5km stage from Embrun to the Salon-de-Provence would see the riders tackle a largely flat route out of the Alps towards the Mediterranean coast.
With only the time trial in Marseille and the sprint stage on the Champs-Élysées remaining, this looked like the final opportunity for a breakaway to stay clear the finish.
That should mean a big fight among the riders from teams yet to get a win in the race to make it into the break, with just the GC teams patrolling the front to make sure that no one threatening gets up the road.
Read a full account of the action with our stage 19 report here.
The Tour de France continues on Friday with a 22.5km time trial around the streets of Marseille. The race concludes on Sunday July 23 in Paris.