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Tour de France 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and route for Stage 19

Chris Froome may have the yellow jersey sealed up, but there is still a lot at stake during what may be the most entertaining two days of the 2016 Tour de France.

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Chris Froome won the Tour de France on Thursday. He probably won it a while ago, but he extra won it by beating everyone on an uphill time trial. Barring abandonment or the mother of all bonks, he'll keep the yellow jersey until Paris, and it won't matter much that Stage 19 and 20 are wickedly difficult and potentially the most exciting stages of the entire Tour. So to make sure you do enjoy yourself watching the Tour de France today, here's what riders are still fighting for:

The battle for the podium. I wasn't kidding when I said this would be a competitive Tour, I just misjudged how dominant Froome would be. There's no guarantee that Bauke Mollema and Adam Yates -- Nos. 2 and 3 on the general classification, respectively -- will be on the final podium. In fact, it might be downright unlikely given the riders currently moving quickly up the standings -- Richie Porte, Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet all had stellar time trials Thursday. And there's still Nairo Quintana, who isn't on form as many had hoped and is still sitting fourth, looking to save face.

The battle to save France's pride. There has yet to be a French stage winner at the 2016 Tour de France. Nor a Spanish or Italian winner, but they have their own Grand Tours. This is France's international stage, and so far it hasn't had much to cheer for except for Bardet's steady advancement toward the podium. He isn't likely to win Stage 19 or 20, however -- Froome and the Sky train would never let him -- leaving the task to someone farther down the general classification. Warren Barguil, Pierre Rolland and/or Tony Gallopin, do your country proud.

The polka dot jersey's return to glory. Rafal Majka has sewn up the polka dot jersey as the Tour's King of the Mountains, and he may be named the most combative rider of the Tour when everything is over. He has yet to win a stage despite being in seemingly every breakaway, however, and that simply will not do, especially to quiet those who insist that the polka dot jersey is a door prize. Majka has two more days to turn in a phenomenal ride and make up for getting pimped by Jarlinson Pantano on Stage 15 last Sunday.

The immortality of winning a queen stage. An argument could be made that Stages 19 and 20 are the hardest of the Tour, and they're happening back-to-back. Stage 19 is perhaps the absolute hardest, featuring a Category 2, two Category 1s and a hors categorie climb on the day, ultimately finishing at a mountain top. It alone features three of Podium Cafe's top 20 hardest climbs.

Montée de Bisanne is rated as the third toughest of the entire Tour. The final climb up to Le Bettex is the 10th toughest and is deviously steep for long stretches. The stage will put the peloton's legs to the ultimate test, especially if the Sky train is in full effect and driving the pace to untenable levels. Froome's place may be secure, but no one else's is. This will be a crazy stage.

Stage 19 will begin at 7:10 a.m. ET and run 146 kilometers from Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc. NBCSN will begin its broadcast at 6:30 a.m., followed shortly by the NBC Sports Gold stream at 6:50 a.m to anyone who has a subscription.

Stage route

Tour de France Stage 19 route


Tour de France Stage 19 profile

Map and profile courtesy of the Tour's official site.

Tour de France coverage for Stage 19 on Friday

Start time: 7:10 a.m. ET (approx.)

Route: 146 kilometers from Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

TV: NBCSN, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Streaming: NBC Sports Gold (subscription required), beginning at 6:50 a.m.

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