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Rui Costa wins 19th stage

Updated: July 19, 2013, 6:19 PM ET
Associated Press

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France -- Half the height of Mount Everest, climbed on a bike, in a single day. Even by Tour de France standards, Stage 19 was hard.

"At times, you just feel like you're being tortured," was how American rider Andrew Talansky described Friday's ordeal -- arguably the toughest stage of the 100th Tour -- that started with two monster climbs as riders were still digesting breakfast.

"You're just like, 'What is this?' But you dig in and keep going."

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