Cyclist Matej Mohoric has won the nineteenth stage in the Tour de France on Friday. It was his second stage win, after a successful attack from the leading group he crossed the line at Libourne solo. He had managed to maintain a comfortable lead. The Frenchman Christophe Laporte finished one minute behind him, followed by the Dane Casper Pedersen and Mike Teunissen.
The stage between Mourenx and Libourne was 207 kilometers long. It was a flat ride, in which the peloton let the early breakaway go way ahead. The peloton, which also included yellow jersey wearer Tadej Pogacar and green jersey wearer Mark Cavendish, eventually rode about twenty minutes from the stage winner. Mohoric was part of the first group, and managed to break out with 26 kilometers to go.
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Earlier this Tour, the Slovenian also won the seventh stage, from Vierzon to Le Creusot. This Friday he celebrated his first place with a striking gesture: he put his finger to his lips, as if to silence the spectators. That seems to be a reference to the fuss around his Bahrain Victorious team, which had to deal with a police raid on Wednesday evening. Officers searched the hotel rooms of the cyclists and the vehicles of the team. On Thursday, Marseille authorities announced that an investigation has been launched into the team, although details are still unclear.
Events were “in my head” in the final miles, Mohoric said after his arrival. “On the one hand it is a good sign, it indicates that the control system on the peloton is working. The team has nothing to hide, of course we have nothing to do with doping. On the other hand, I felt like a criminal. I’ve never had my personal items, even photos, searched.” Bahrain is also Wout Poels’ team. The team has won three stages so far; Dylan Teuns also won a stage victory in this Tour de France.
The cycle race is almost over. An individual time trial will be held on Saturday, and the peloton will arrive in Paris on Sunday. Pogacar kept his leader’s jersey on Friday; it is likely that he will also wear it on the final podium on the Champs-Élysées.