The Tour Take | Tour de France Stage 20
1st – Tom Dumoulin @ (Team Sunweb)
2nd – Chris Froome (Team Sky) @ 0:01
3rd – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) @ 0:14
Stage 20 is the only individual time trial of this year’s race, and only 31km long. Despite the short length, it was a testing course with several undulations and a small climb near the end of the stage (900m @ 10.2%). It wasn’t a course explicitly for the TT specialists, but for whoever had the most left in the tank after three tough weeks of racing
Yellow – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
Green – Peter Sagan (Bora – hansgrohe)
Polka Dot – Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors
White – Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)
The Winning Ride
Tom Dumoulin was the second-to-last rider to start and produced a perfectly measured effort to win the stage. Though Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome were quicker than Dumoulin at the two time checks, the World TT Champ stormed home to win by less than a second.
Thomas' time was enough to see him secure overall victory. Froome jumped into third place overall, as Primoz Roglic fell to fourth
The Movers and Shakers
Chris Froome rebounded from a couple of rough days to produce a great ride and finish on the podium. Obviously, as a four-time winner, it mightn't be his most important result, but third is third and he should still be stoked with it considering he rode the Giro too this year. A win and a third place is about as well as anyone has done in recent times when going for the Giro-Tour Double.
The disappointing ride of the day belonged to Primoz Roglic, who slipped off the podium, having probably dug a little deep in yesterday's stage. He's improved out of sight this year, so will be back and contending again next year.
The Next Stage
The processional stage around Paris will once again take place, this year starting in Houilles, a suburb north-west of the city centre. After a 54km jaunt, the peloton will ride onto the 6.8km loop around the city centre, that starts and finishes on the Champs Elysees. The city circuit has a few undulations, while the sprint itself is on a cobbled road that slowly rises up a false flat.
The final stage is usually nailed on for a sprint, but with so many sprinters eliminated, there’s the chance that a breakaway could survive. FDJ have been happy to commit themselves to the chase though, and they’ll be buoyed by Demare’s recent win. We’ll take Kristoff to win the stage despite FDJ’s strength; the big Norwegian should be able to keep the gear rolling better than the others on the rough Champs Elysees.
See you back at the social club,