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Tour de France stage 19 truncated by ice and mudslides

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) pulls on a cape after the stage was truncated before the finish

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) pulls on a cape after the stage was truncated before the finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) fights to hold the race lead

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) fights to hold the race lead (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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The view up to the Col d'Iseran earlier on stage 19 of the Tour de France

The view up to the Col d'Iseran earlier on stage 19 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Egan Bernal sits on the wheels before his attack

Egan Bernal sits on the wheels before his attack (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Poor conditions on the road towards the end of stage 19

Poor conditions on the road towards the end of stage 19 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The quiet before the storm at the Tour de France

The quiet before the storm at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Egan Bernal sits in an Ineos team after the stage was cancelled

Egan Bernal sits in an Ineos team after the stage was cancelled (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Tour de France has come to a halt on stage 19 because of dangerous conditions on the descent into Val d'Isere.

A storm on the descent from the Col d'Iseran dropped hail and ice and sent ice melt from the glacier washing a thick river of mud across the race route.

Crews tried to clear parts of the road with plows but the race officials took the decision to stop the stage as Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) was on the attack.

The riders, racing on dry roads on the other side of the pass, were unaware of the dangers ahead and were confused as to the decision. At the time of the stoppage, Bernal was up the road after attacking on the Col de l'Iseran and had about one minute over a chasing group with Geraint Thomas, Stevn Kruisjwijk, Emanuel Buchmann, Vincenzo Nibali, Rigoberto Uran and Mikel Landa.

The race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) was further back, approximately 2:09 behind Bernal.

Because of the stoppage, the officials did not award any stage winner, most combative rider or time bonus for the stage.

Race officials took the times for the general classification times at the top of the Iseran, putting Bernal into the maillot jaune over Alaphilippe with Geraint Thomas (Ineos) in third.