Christophe Laporte has won stage 19 of the Tour the France in a very impressive manner. He caught the remnants of the breakaway in the final metres, pushed through and crossed the finish line solo in Cahors. Laporte’s victory meant the first French stage win of this year’s Tour and the 5th stage win of his Jumbo Visma team.
“This is the best day of my career. It's still hard to believe, but I'm super happy with this victory and the confidence the team gave me. With five kilometres to go, Wout said: 'It's for you'. Our main goal was to drop Jonas (Vingegaard) safely within the three-kilometre mark and once we had achieved that, I got the green light to sprint."
"I started to sprint early. I accelerated in the last corner and was surprised to see that I had a gap to the rest of the peloton. I made the connection with the three leaders and at five hundred metres before the finish line, I decided to go full speed. When I looked behind, I didn't see anyone. It's unbelievable that I won. This was my day."
"The move to Team Jumbo-Visma is the best choice I've made in my career. I have never been in such good shape as I am now. In the run-up to the Tour, we went to altitude training for five weeks and that was a good experience for me. Team Jumbo-Visma prepared everything to perfection and I am thrilled to be part of one of the best teams in the world."