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TDF2015: Nibali claims 19th Stage while Froome’s lead is cut

The 19th Stage of the Tour de France saw defending champion Vincenzo Nibali secure a stunning solo victory.

Stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), winner of the 2014 TDF won the stage after successfully breaking away from Froome in the final leg.

JOHANNESBURG - The 19th Stage of the Tour de France, arguably the toughest of the race, saw defending champion Vincenzo Nibali secure a stunning solo victory after 138km from Saint Jean de Maurienne to La Toussuire.

The Italian from Astana Pro Team attacked on the hors category Col du Croix de Fer with almost 60km remaining, reeled in lone escapee Pierre Rolland on the next climb before dropping the Frenchman on the final ascent of La Toussire to secure his fifth stage victory, but first in 2015.

Nairo Quintana from Movistar crossed the line in second place, 44 seconds adrift, but more importantly finished 30 seconds ahead of third-placed Chris Froome, cutting the Yellow Jersey holder's overall lead to 2 minutes and 38 seconds in the process.

Serge Pauwels was once again the best placed finisher from MTN-Qhubeka, coming home in 21st place, while the African outfit has dropped to 5th overall in the Team Standings, 59 minutes and 5 seconds behind leaders Movistar.

Saturday's 20th stage sees the riders travel 110.5km from Modane Valfréjus to Alpe d'Huez.

For more coverage on the event visit the Eyewitness News Tour de France 2015 portal.