pack rides in pouring rain during the nineteenth stage of
the Tour de France cycling race over 208.5 kilometers (129.6
miles) with start in Maubourguet and finish in Bergerac,
France, Friday, July 25, 2014.
France — Tour de France riders are heading northward on a mostly
flat Stage 19 that's likely to end in a bunch sprint.
208.5-kilometer trek from Maubourguet to Bergerac on Friday gives
sprinters another chance to shine after slogging it through three
days in the Pyrenees.
won Thursday's stage, his fourth of the Tour, to all but secure
victory when the race ends on Sunday in Paris.
drama is mainly about who will join him on the winners' podium. He
leads his closest rival by more than seven minutes.
The French riders
in second and third, Thibaut Pinot and Jean-Christophe Peraud, and
fourth-place Alejandro Valverde, are separated by only 15 seconds.