The breakaway lead is now over a minute.
A surprise not to see more riders from the sprint teams in the breakaway, as it will likely be a sprint finish come the end of the stage. Would be nice to see Peter Sagan do something.
The riders have just left Castelnau-Magnoac. We join the race around 10km in, and there has been a five-strong breakaway. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Victorious), Nils Politt (Bora–Hansgrohe), Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo), Taco Van der Hoorn (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) and Mikkel Honore (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) lead stage 19. They’ve got about a 50 second lead over the peloton.
The race is probably run. Probably. Jonas Vingegaard put another minute and four seconds onto his lead at the top of the GC standings, now at 3min26secs, leaving Tadej Pogacar for dead on Thursday in the final mountain climb in the Pyrenees. With Saturday’s time trial and the final procession into Paris on Sunday, this is PROBABLY the final chance for any sort of miraculous late development in the battle for the yellow jersey.
You can read about Thursday’s exploits right here. Today, the 188km track between Castelnau-Magnoac is a flat one, but not without some jeopardy. There are crosswinds “all day”, according to Geraint Thomas, who lies nicely in third. The terrain will be exposed and as the riders wind north from the mountains. Make no mistake, there will be nerves. This is not done yet. Probably.