Today’s Stage 9 of this 2019 edition of the Tour de France will undoubtedly be remember for years to come. Egan Bernal (Ineos) became the leader of the Tour de France after the stage was cut short due to extreme weather conditions.
Hail on the roads between the Col de l’Iseran and the final climb to Tignes led to neutralization of the stage. Organizers neutralized the race and made the call to register the time gaps over the Iseran as the final results of the day, putting Egan Bernal into the yellow jersey. Bernal bridged up to the early breakaway, and led over the summit of the Iseran with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on his wheel.
As news of the weather broke, Bernal was the provisional race leader coming into the descent. Minutes later, organizers cut the stage short and he became the GC leader. No one was awarded the stage victory.
Bernal now leads the Tour de France with Alaphilippe in second and Geraint Thomas (Ineos) in third.
Pinot abandons the Tour
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) abandoned the Tour de France 40 kilometers into stage 19 suffering from “a muscular lesion on his left thigh.”