Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric wins Stage 19 of Tour de France


Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric won Stage 19 of the Tour de France on Friday as countryman Tadej Pocagar maintained his overall lead.

Mohoric, 26, picked up his second stage win in the 129-mile trek from Mourenx to Libourne, finishing 58 seconds ahead of France’s Christophe Laporte and Denmark’s Casper Pedersen.

“I can’t believe it. I was just trying to do my best today,” Mohoric said. “… I went for it with a big attack: just do one sprint more and then pace myself all the way to the finish. I was doing ridiculously low watts, but still I managed to keep my rivals at bay and win the stage.”

Yellow jersey bearer Pogacar’s overall lead remains at five minutes and 45 seconds over Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard, with Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz another six seconds behind in third place.

Saturday’s penultimate Stage 20 is an individual time trial covering about 19.1 miles from Libourne to Saint-Emilion. The 108th edition of the Tour de France concludes in Paris on Sunday.

–Field Level Media