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Navardauskas wins Tour's 19th stage

BERGERAC, France--Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas won the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-kilometer ride from Maubourguet on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Garmin-Sharp rider Navardauskas attacked in a short climb close to the finish and never looked back as German John Degenkolb took second place.

Norway's Alexander Kristoff finished third after the main bunch was split by a late crash.

All the riders from the main pack were credited with the same time as the incident happened with less than three kilometers left.

Nibali still leads France's Thibaut Pinot by 7:10 and another Frenchman, Jean-Christophe Peraud, who crashed but said he was fine, by 7:23, ahead of Saturday's decisive time trial.

Navardauskas powered away from the pack in the fourth-category climb of the Cote de Monbazillac 13 kilometers from the finish.

Pinot's team led the peloton in the descent and on the flat portion leading to the line, Cannondale and Tinkoff-Saxo chased the Garmin-Sharp rider who was 25 seconds ahead with five kilometers left.

With just under three kilometers remaining, Peter Sagan was involved in the crash as well as France's Romain Bardet, who is fifth in the overall standings, and his AG2R-La Mondiale team mate Peraud.

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