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Tour de France: Navardauskas wins stage 19 as Nibali edges closer to title


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Tour de France: Navardauskas wins stage 19 as Nibali edges closer to title

Ramunas Navardauskas handed Garmin-Sharp their first win of this year’s Tour de France after Lithuanian’s time trial champion enjoyed a solo triumph in stage 19.

A five-man break formed early on the 208.5 kilometre trek to Bergerac although the main bunch kept them on a tight lead and never trailed furhter than three and a half minutes.

With the rain lashing down it proved to be a long day in the saddle.

On the only rated climb of the day towards the end of the stage all the escapees had been caught with Navardauskas then bursting out in front on the descent.

As the Lithuanian built up a healthy lead a crash in the final kilometre wiped out the chances of sprinting ace Peter Sagan whilst also derailing the chase down of the pace setter.

Navardauskas was untroubled at the head of the race and comfortably crossed over the line seven seconds clear of a shaken-up and disorganized peloton.

John Degenkolb sprinted to second and Alexander Kristoff to third.

Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Mark Renshaw of Australia took fourth place while Italian Daniele Bennati of the Tinkoff-Saxo team rounded out the top five.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali has one hand on the overall title as he holds a seven minute and 10 second lead over Frenchman Thibaut Pinot with two stages left.

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