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2019 Tour de France is the most dramatic stage within the recent 30 years

2019 Tour de France is the most dramatic stage within the recent 30 years

The most extreme road bike race 2019 Tour de France on the planet has passed the 15th stage, but no champion candidate has made a big advantage.

After 15 stages, the host Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step team) holds the Golden Shirt with a total of 61 hours 0 minutes 22 seconds. But he was only 1 minute 35 seconds better than the second Geraint Thomas. While the distance between Thomas and the sixth Emanuel Buchmann is only 39 seconds.

Thomas was Ineos' number one hope at this year's Tour de France, after teammate Chris Froome was absent due to a broken femur just before the tournament. The two moves of Movistar team, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde, are in the top 8 and still have a chance to compete if they play well in the next five days.

This is the first time after 30 years, the Tour de France witnessed a close separation of the first group when the tournament entered the final week. In 1989, the star of the host country Laurent Fignon used to lose the championship, when he was overrun by Greg Lemond with an eight-second gap at the final stage. It is considered the most dramatic season in the history of Tour de France.

This year, Alaphilippe created a big advantage after the first two weeks thanks to its stable performance. But the rise of fellow climber Thibaut Pinot in three recent stages is threatening Alifilippe's table top. The victory at stage 14 helped Pinot climb to fourth place in the overall rankings, just over 1 minute 50 seconds more than Alaphilippe.

"Alaphilippe has an advantage, but obviously Pinot has demonstrated great climbing ability", said Geraint Thomas. "But this is a long-term match where the most stable players will get the final Gold Shirt. The opportunity is divided equally for all in the last six stages".

The challenge for trailers this week is a new heat wave that is expected to return to France like what happened in the first week. Besides, the 18th climb from Embrun to Valloire is expected to have thunderstorms when the crabs pass through the Col de l'Iseran - the highest paved road in the Alps, 2770 meters above sea level.

"My teammates and I will fight with the two strongest races in France. It is very interesting. We are enjoying this feeling and it would be great to beat them at the last stages", Thomas himself believe.