Bahrain Victorious’ Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric won stage 19 of the Tour de France on Friday, a day after his team hotel and bus were subject to an anti-doping raid. It was Mohoric’s second win on this edition of the Tour, and was achieved after he joined an early break and then broke clear for a solo win at Libourne, with the main peloton several minutes adrift. Mohoric made a gesture at the finish line running a finger across his lips horizontally as if he were closing a zip, after the team’s third victory of this year’s race.
Overall leader Tadej Pogacar’s UAE Team led the peloton over the line 20:49 later with no change in the overall top ten ahead of Saturday’s decisive 18 mile individual time-trial.
Mohoric said his gesture was meant as a message for people to be careful about jumping to conclusions.
“It was a sign to show all people to be mindful that we are making sacrifices with our work away from home and family and on training camps, we have a good level here and also had it in the past,” he said.
STAGE 19 HIGHLIGHTS
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