Tour de France stage 19 report: Mohorič beats Asgreen in breakaway duel

The Slovenian stage specialist gets his third career victory at the Tour on a fast, hard day.

Mohorič, by a tire width. Photo © Dion Kerckhoffs / Cor Vos

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by Joe Lindsey 21.07.2023 Photography by
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Matej Mohorič clawed his way to the front on a desperately hard day to take stage 19 of the Tour de France in a two-up photo finish against yesterday’s victor, Kasper Asgreen. Both riders joined a mid-stage move that bridged to the early breakaway and made the selection at every crucial moment on a stage that featured unrelenting action from start to finish. Jonas Vingegaard, by contrast, had a largely uneventful day to finish safely in yellow with two stages to go.



Mohorič – here with teammate Fred Wright – was overcome with emotion after learning he’d won in a photo finish. Photo © Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos

Brief analysis

Up next: stage 20 preview

The last mountain stage of the 2023 Tour de France looms with a tough day in the Jura before a long transfer Sunday to Paris for the final stage. The trip from Belfort to Le Markstein isn’t long – just 133.5 km – but it features six categorized climbs. The last 30 km is wickedly hard, with two Category 1 climbs, each averaging over eight percent. What’s more, from the top of the final ascent, the Col du Platzerwasel, there are eight km of lumpy to flat roads to the finish. There won’t be much movement in the overall standings with the gaps we have, but there could be some: look for a wild stage as all teams that haven’t won yet will want to be in the break. Second-placed overall Tadej Pogačar may also want another stage win, and we could see action among the top-10 on GC, in particular the battle for spots 4-6, currently separated by less than a minute.

Quote of the day

To be honest, I didn’t want to be in the breakaway. I followed one attack, and I was in the breakaway with eight super-strong guys, and I was like, “What am I doing here? I want to have an easy day for tomorrow.”

-Jack Haig

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We picked Haig as our quote of the day partly because there’s not a single line in this interview from Mohorič that we want you to miss. Worth watching in full.

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