Tour de France Stage 19: Edvald Boasson Hagen wins from the break

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In what has been the closest Tour battle in years, the top three riders started the day separated by less than 30 seconds, building hope for a grandstand finale in the steamy southern port city ahead of Sunday's procession into Paris. I have to make sure I do everything right, follow the right processes and hopefully not have the bad day. "But I have respect for all those guys because I know how hard it is". "That gives me a lot of confidence", he said. It's the Tour de France, some days you feel good, some days you don't.

Matthews - who took the green jersey after Marcel Kittel abandoned the Tour following a crash in Stage 17 - held a 160-point lead over Andre Greipel with as many still up for grabs, and the Lotto-Soudal rider's failure to finish first in the intermediate sprint at Banon put the Australian out of reach.

Phinney, a former pursuit specialist whose career was nearly ended by a crash three years ago, has been competing in his first Tour this month.

"After sixteen stages I think my legs look little tired" the cyclist posted on Instagram, alongside a photo of his veiny, sunburnt limbs.

The last French victor, Bernard Hinault in 1985, hailed from Brittany, and three-time Tour champion Greg Lemond has picked out another Breton, Barguil, as the man to end France's long wait.

Briton Simon Yates secured the white jersey for the best under-25 rider.

Froome is edging towards legendary status, and his expected win will see him sit among the heroes of cycling.

Having a time trial on the penultimate day was seen as Froome's trump card given his strength against the clock, and so it proved.

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However the biggest victor on the day was yellow jersey Chris Froome (Team Sky), who defended his lead and rode to an impressive third on the day, five seconds behind teammate Michal Kwiatkowski, who finished just one second behind Bodnar. He had been 52nd out of 167 to tackle the course, and had to wait more than two hours for his victory to be confirmed.

Colombian Rigoberto Uran, who trails by 29 seconds going into the Marseille time trial, is probably the man most likely to benefit from any problems Froome encounters.

32-years-old, the team-mate of world champion Peter Sagan is among the best specialists in the " chrono ".

"I'm delighted with winning again".

As a effect, Bardet moved a tiny bit closer to Froome overall, having been 27 seconds behind him at the start of the stage in Briancon. "Today I got more luck than on the other stage so I was really happy about this".

"It's an incredible feeling", Froome said.

Dripping with sweat, he just about managed to cross the line in front of charging yellow-jersey wearer Froome who was the last rider to start, two minutes after Bardet.

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