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Tour de France increases summit bonus seconds

Thursday April 18 2019

France's Arnaud Demare celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 18th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, on July 26, 2018 between Trie-sur-Baise and Pau, southwestern France. PHOTO | PHILIPPE LOPEZ | AFP

France's Arnaud Demare celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 18th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, on July 26, 2018 between Trie-sur-Baise and Pau, southwestern France. PHOTO | PHILIPPE LOPEZ | AFP  

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Attacking riders at the Tour de France will be further rewarded after an increase in valuable bonus seconds for being the first to crest key summits.

The new system was ratified by the international cycling federation (UCI), a source said Thursday.

The winner of each bonus-point sprint will now receive eight seconds, the runner-up five seconds and the third-placed finisher two seconds, instead of 3, 2 and 1sec in place last year.

Eight bonus-point sprints (host town in brackets):

Stage 3 (Epernay): cote de Mutigny

Stage 6 (La Planche des Belles Filles): col des Chevreres

Stage 8 (Saint-Etienne): cote de la Jailliere

Stage 9 (Brioude): cote de Saint-Just

Stage 12 (Bagneres-de-Bigorre): Hourquette d'Ancizan

Stage 15 (Foix Prat d'Albis): mur de Peguere

Stage 18 (Valloire): col du Galibier

Stage 19 (Tignes): col de l'Iseran

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