Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal sees lead trimmed by three seconds after mix-up in timekeeping during abandoned Stage 19

  • Egan Bernal saw his overall Tour de France lead trimmed slightly ahead of Saturday's penultimate stage after rival team Jumbo Visma contested the official results.

  • Bernal now leads Julian Alaphilippe by 45sec instead of 48, with Geraint Thomas third at 1min 11sec (from 1min 16) and Jumbo rider Steven Kruijswijk also closing on the Colombian by five seconds

  • After climbing beyond his rivals in solo attacks on two consecutive Alpine stages, Bernal needs only survive a third one to seal victory in the 2019 Tour de France

Val Thorrens: Egan Bernal saw his overall Tour de France lead trimmed slightly ahead of Saturday's penultimate stage after rival team Jumbo Visma contested the official results.

 Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal sees lead trimmed by three seconds after mix-up in timekeeping during abandoned Stage 19

Egan Bernal in action at the Tour de France. Reuters

Bernal now leads Julian Alaphilippe by 45sec instead of 48, with Geraint Thomas third at 1min 11sec (from 1min 16) and Jumbo rider Steven Kruijswijk also closing on the Colombian by five seconds.

The overnight results were improvised after the stage had been stopped in a panic with Simon Yates and Bernal racing towards a mudslide at 100kph.

Official timekeeper Tissot can give times to a millionth of a second at the finish line, but with the mad scramble to clarify what was going on Friday a mistake appears to have been made and on closer scrutiny of television images ASO agreed to a slight alteration.

The weather also saw the 20th stage shortened to 59km due to mudslides.

After climbing beyond his rivals in solo attacks on two consecutive Alpine stages, Bernal needs only survive a third one to seal victory in the 2019 Tour de France.

The 22-year-old, bidding to become the first Colombian to win the Tour, will face a 33km uphill slog to the Val Torrens ski resort in the rarefied oxygen at 2,356m altitude Saturday.

Bernal, who grew up at 2,600m, has thrived at altitude, putting at least 27 seconds into all his rivals on Thursday, before dropping them again as he took the race lead on Friday.

Updated Date: Jul 27, 2019 19:42:12 IST