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letour.jpgCofidis' Dumoulin took the stage, Agritubel's Feillu the yellow jersey, and Garmin-Chipotle's Frishkorn some podium respect as a breakaway went from start to finish with over two minutes on the pack. Dumoulin attacked with a kilometer to go, Frishkorn followed, Feillu countered, and Dumoulin countered the counter. As a fan of Frishkorn's diaries on VeloNews, I hoped he could cross the line first instead of second, but any podium spot is spectacular. Frishkorn's face was a mixture of disappointment and joy after the race. You have to appreciate the excitement of Jonathan Vaughters, who posted this to Twitter during the race when it became clear the break would win:

Willy is going to make it!!! Now can he win??? Mass confusion behind, crashes, wind... Le Guerre!!! JV

Le Guerre indeed -- today was supposed to be the first proper sprint stage, but crashes and winds were thrown into the mix and changed everything. A crash as the peloton split around a median ended up splitting the peloton into three, sending white jersey Ricco and Menchov into the second group. Saunier Duval and Rabobank worked hard to bring their riders back, but Quick Step and Liquigas were busy putting the hammer down in the tailwind.

Robbie McEwen took the field sprint over Erik Zabel at 2:03 back. It was another half a minute to the Menchov/Ricco group and even longer to the peloton. The crash cost many riders, though none more than Jose Angel Gomez, who hit the deck with another big crash (see Flanders).

The chaos of a stage wouldn't be complete without protests. Christian Prudhomme was able to negotiate a hole in a large group of protesters blocking the road just in time for the breakaway to just scoot past. Bernard Hinault handled a protester on the podium less diplomatically, giving him a good shove off the stage.

Tour de France Stage 19: Pornic-Nantes

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stage profile

-- My Summary -- armstrong photoullrich photoThe stage is set for a dramatic stage today. Millar currently has the fastest time but has said that the last portion of the race should be neutralized as the conditions are glacial and not safe for Armstrong and Ullrich. There have certainly been several crashes already on the day with the road looking extremely slippery in the rain.

Checkpoint 1: Ullrich and Armstrong dead even at 15'41" (Ullrich has the fast time check overall)

armstrong ridingullrich riding25km to go: Armstrong appears to be gaining time on Ullrich with the overall gap at 1'07"

Approaching the second time check: Ullrich has now gained time on Armstrong and the gap is at 1'02"

Checkpoint 2: Ullrich (35'19") is 2 seconds ahead of Armstrong (35'21"). Ullrich still has the fastest time check

Hamilton finishes with the second fastest time so far at 54'14", 9 seconds behind David Millar

ullrich crashULLRICH DOWN! Going through the second half of the roundabout he slips his wheel (it didn't seem like he was taking it too steep) on slippery pavement and sparks fly up from the rear wheel. Ullrich's bike slides into the protective bales on the side of the road. Ullrich quickly gets up and is on his way again.

Armstrong comes through in the same area and manages to fishtail a bit while accelerating but it okay

Checkpoint 3: Ullrich has really lost his pace. He now slips into third behind Millar for the stage. Ullrich's 45'39" is 22" behind Millar. Armstrong seems to have slowed as well - he comes in at 45'29"

Mayo loses 2'02" to Hamilton at the finish line, HAMILTON IS NOW IN 5th PLACE IN THE GC

Zubeldia finishes but not fast enough -> HAMILTON IS NOW 4th PLACE IN THE GC

Vinokourov finishes and loses time to Hamilton, but still retains his third place overall in the GC

Ullrich finishes at 54'30" behind Millar and Hamilton. Armstrong' yellow jersey is almost certainly confirmed

armstrong finishArmstrong finishes at 54'19" behind Millar and Hamilton, pumping his fist at the finish line as he knows that he will win his 5th Tour de France.