Second victory in this edition of the Tour de France for Matej Mohoric. The 26-year-old Slovenian won the 19e stage between Mourenx and Libourne.
Mohoric removed this personal success less than two days after the search carried out by the gendarmes in the hotel occupied by his team in the vicinity of Pau. Crossing the line he mimed a zipper on his mouth in response to suspicion surrounding his Bahrain Victorious team’s performance.
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A preliminary investigation was opened on July 3 by the Marseille prosecutor’s office in order to “Determine the reality or not of the offenses which justified its initiation”, on suspicion of doping in his team.
Three Slovenian victories in three days
This is the third Slovenian victory in three days in the Tour, after two stages won by the yellow jersey Pogacar. The latter, who retains his place as leader in the general classification after arriving more than 20 minutes after the stage winner, is getting a little closer to final victory on the Grande Boucle.
The stage scenario (207 km) prevented Mark Cavendish from winning a fifth sprint and surpassing the record of 34 victories he holds tied with Eddy Merckx. But the Briton, who had received congratulations from the Belgian champion visiting the Tour before the start, assured his green jersey in the points classification a little more.
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The race crossed the Landes forest at high speed, in pursuit of a group consisting of breakaways, first of all six (Bernard, Bonnamour, Clarke, Mohoric, Rutsch, Zimmermann) joined by fourteen others 100 kilometers from the arrival. The gap has long fluctuated under the minute on a peloton led most often by the team of Chris Froome, to the great comfort of the formation of Cavendish who had placed one of his (Ballerini) at the front. Then, the Israel SN formation ended up getting bored on the long straights of the Landes.
The leading group was shaken by a succession of attacks in the last hour of the race before Mohoric provoked the decision by starting at the threshold of the last 25 kilometers.
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