Tour de France stage 19: How the green jersey competition influenced the race

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Stage 19 of the Tour de France has concluded. Forty-eight hours before the peloton reaches Paris. The end is very much in sight but for all the relief and happiness that comes with the conclusion of a Grand Tour, so too is the incoming Tour autopsy, particularly for the teams that haven’t achieved what they wanted. 

The last road stage before the Champs-Élysées, featuring 166.5 kilometres of rolling roads between Bourg-en-Bresse and Champagnole, provided the last roll of the dice, the last-chance saloon for 12 of the 22 teams in the race who have yet to win a stage. 

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Sophie Hurcom is Procycling’s deputy editor. She joined the magazine in 2017, after working at Cycling Weekly where she started on work experience before becoming a sub editor, and then news and features writer. Prior to that, she graduated from City University London with a Masters degree in magazine journalism. Sophie has since reported from races all over the world, including multiple  Tours de France, where she was thrown in at the deep end by making her race debut in 2014 on the stage that Chris Froome crashed out on the Roubaix cobbles.