How the Tour was won: 5 key stages of fabulous drama

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              FILE - In this Saturday, July 13, 2019 file photo France's Thibaut Pinot, right, and France's Julian Alaphilippe crosse the finish line of the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 200 kilometers (125 miles) with start in Macon and finish in Saint Etienne, France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
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PARIS (AP) — Before its damp-squib finish, with two last Alpine stages truncated by landslides and a hailstorm, the 2019 Tour de France thrilled — unusually — almost daily, guaranteeing that the three-week odyssey through Belgium and France will long be remembered as one of the best races of recent decades.

Here’s a look at five key stages where the drama unfolded: