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Tour de France - Stage 19

Garmin-Sharp's Ramunas Navardauskas wins stage 19 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson

After losing its GC leader Andrew Talansky to multiple crashes and injury, then watching breakaway rider Jack Bauer get caught 10 meters from the finish line, Garmin-Sharp finally got some good news. Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas launched away from the bunch late in the rain soaked stage 19 run from Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour to Bergerac, then soloed to the line to snag his team's first win of the 2014 Tour de France.

Navardauskas benefited from a crash in the field just inside the 3km mark that took out about a dozen riders, including green points jersey leader Peter Sagan. What was left of the peloton kept pushing, but couldn't reel in the Lithuanian time trial champion, who finished the 208.5km stage in 4:43:41. German John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) led the dwindled bunch across the line 7 seconds later, with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) snagging third.

Navardauskas was the final card in a well executed Garmin-Sharp plan. They stuck Tom Jelte Slagter in the early breakaway, then had the Dutchman break free the escape group around the 33km mark, while the bunch chased just 1:30 behind. The remainder of the early break was absorbed around the 20km mark, while Slagter continued his solo effort.

Garmin next launched Alex Howes on a short downhill proceeding the final climb, the cat. 4 Côte de Monbazillac, a 1.3km grind that averaged 7.6%. Howes didn't get far, which left it to next man up: Navardauskas. He attacked on the climb and joined Slagter near the summit. Then with rain continuing to pour down on the battered bunch, Navardauskas went into time trial mode, driving hard all the way to the finish line.

There was no change in the chase for the final podium with Vincenzo Nibali finishing safely in the bunch, maintaining his mammoth 7:10 lead over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr). Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2R-La Mondiale) remains third at 7:23, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) just 2 seconds behind Péraud.

Next up at the Tour de France is the stage 20's 54km individual time trial. The one and only TT in this year's race, the rolling route from Bergerac to Périgueux will decide the final order of second and third on the podium.

STAGE 19 RESULTS

1. Ramunas Navardauskas (LIT)
2. John Degenkolb (GER)
3. Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
4. Mark Renshaw (AUS)
5. Daniele Bennati (ITA)
6. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
7. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA)
8. Julien Simon (FRA)
9. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)
10. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL)

TEAM

Garmin-Sharp
Giant-Shimano
Katusha
Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Tinkoff-Saxo
Omega Pharma-Quick Step
AG2R La Mondiale
Cofidis
Belkin Pro Cycling
Lotto-Belisol

TIME

04h 43' 41''
@ 00' 07''
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GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 19

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
2. Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
3. Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA)
4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA)
5. Romain Bardet (FRA)
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
7. Bauke Mollema (NED)
8. Laurens Ten Dam (NED)
9. Leopold Konig (CZE)
10. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (ESP)

TEAM

Astana Pro Team
FDJ.fr
Ag2r La Mondiale
Movistar Team
Ag2r La Mondiale
BMC Racing Team
Belkin Pro Cycling
Belkin Pro Cycling
Netapp-Endura
Trek Factory Racing

TIME

85h 29' 26''
@ 07' 10''
@ 07' 23''
@ 07' 25''
@ 09' 27''
@ 11' 34''
@ 13' 56''
@ 14' 15''
@ 14' 37''
@ 16' 25''

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Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Astana Pro Team
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Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale
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Polka Dot Jersey: Rafal Majka (POL), Tinkoff-Saxo
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White Jersey: Thibaut Pinot (FRA), FDJ.fr

COMPLETE STAGE 19 RESULTS »
STAGE 19 PHOTO GALLERY »

2014 TOUR DE FRANCE TEAMS

AG2R LA MONDIALE FRANCE
ASTANA PRO TEAM KAZAKHSTAN
BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM NETHERLANDS
BMC RACING TEAM UNITED STATES
BRETAGNE SECHE ENVIRONMENT FRANCE

CANNONDALE ITALY
COFIDIS, SOL. CREDITSFRANCE
FDJ.FRFRANCE
GARMIN-SHARPUNITED STATES
IAM CYCLINGSWITERZLAND

KATUSHA TEAM RUSSIA
LAMPRE-MERIDA ITALY
LOTTO-BELISOLBELGIUM
MOVISTAR TEAMSPAIN
OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEPBELGIUM

ORICA GREENEDGEAUSTRALIA
TEAM EUROPCARFRANCE
TEAM GIANT-SHIMANONETHERLANDS
TEAM NETAPP-ENDURAGERMANY
TEAM SKYGREAT BRITAIN

TINKOFF-SAXODENMARK
TREK FACTORY RACINGUNITED STATES