Holding Form TDF19-9
Team Deceuninck-Quick Step looked the most uniform, smooth and fastest as they closed in on the final kilometers of the stage. At the two previous time checks, they were running just a second or two off of the current stage leaders, Team Ineos. Their experience as multiple World Champions in this discipline gave hope to their ability to close the gap in the last two kilometers. They got close, just under a second behind the time of the stage leaders. Once it was all done and dusted, they took third on the stage. At this point, they had dropped down to six men, including Elia Viviani, Kasper Asgreen, Yves Lampaert and Enric Mas. Sorry to the two on the front of the pace line, I didn't quite catch who they were (and I can't see their race numbers).