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Carlos Sastre and Andy Schleck

Tour leader Carlos Sastre and CSC team-mate/white jersey holder Andy Schleck chat before the start of stage 19 in Roanne

Damiano Cunego

Lampre's Damiano Cunego, pictured after his crash on Thursday, had to withdraw at the start of the stage

The tour passes a restaurant

The peloton speeds past a restaurant as the 165.5km stage to Montlucon gets under way

Three children sit on a roll of hay during the 19th stage of the Tour

Any seat will do as the peloton speeds past three children in rural central France

Cofidis' Sylvain Chavanel (right) and Francaise de Jeux's Jeremy Roy during the 19th stage

Cofidis' Sylvain Chavanel (right) and Francaise de Jeux's Jeremy Roy make a break 80km into the race

Sylvain Chavanel sprints past Jeremy Roy at Montlucon

Chavanel, who has made countless breaks during the Tour, finally converts an attack into a win at Montlucon

Chavanel celebrates his first ever victory in the Tour

Chavanel - who will leave Cofidis for Quick Step next season - celebrates a well-earned victory in front of his home crowd

Carlos Sastre smiles in the yellow jersey

But Carlos Sastre was still smiling at the end of the stage, maintaining his one minute 24 seconds lead over Frank Schleck

Cadel Evans in action during Friday's stage

All eyes will be on Australian Cadel Evans for Saturday's crucial time-trial, which will decide the race winner



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