Tour de France Stage 19 stopped because of freak hailstorm and landslide
Stage 19 of the Tour de France has been called because of adverse weather conditions, it was announced Friday.
The race was stopped near the end of the stage with less than 18 miles to go. Rider times have been taken at Col de l'Iseran.
Julian Alaphilippe, trying to become the first Frenchman to win this storied race since 1985, began the day wearing the yellow jersey as the leader, but he fell behind during the stage.
His plan though was to win it back on the descent, but he never got the chance.
Horrendous weather rendered parts of the course impassable as hail storms covered the road in ice. Not only that, but there was also a landslide. Aerials from the television broadcast showed a snow plow churning through snow and water covering the road.
A convoy was organized for the riders to reach Tignes by car, according to the Tour de France website.
Egan Bernal of Colombia now has the yellow jersey.
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