Tour de France 2018

Stage 20 Overview

Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Stage Summary

Depending on the previous stages’ events, stage 20’s individual time trial could be the final battle between the top GC contenders, stripped of the help of their teammates. The 31 km course between Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Espelette is hillier than some pure time trialists will like, which could make for surprising results.

 

The stage 20 individual time trial shook up the GC rankings one more time before Paris.

 

Tom Dumoulin, the current world champion in the time trial, was riding in second to start the day— but with over two minutes to make up on yellow jersey Geraint Thomas, his chances of assuming the lead were slim. The contest for third was a little more hotly contested; Primoz Roglic had edged Chris Froome off the podium with his stellar stage 19 win, but with less than a minute to spare on the defending Tour champion, his lead seemed tenuous.

 

In the end it was Froome who turned in the second-fastest time of the day (just one second off the pace of Dumoulin) which was enough reclaim his third-place spot on the podium. Dumoulin will come second in the GC, and Thomas will be crowned Tour de France champion tomorrow in Paris.

 

Peter Sagan will have the green jersey, Julian Alaphillipe will win the king of the mountains, and Dan Martin will win most combative. And Lawson Craddock defied all odds, finishing the entire, brutal tour after breaking his scapula in stage 1.

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Stage Analysis From Best Bike Split

In a perfect world the entire race would come down to the final Individual Time Trial. Most GC riders are very efficient time trialists, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) being particularly adept. There is one GC rider however who is truly world class—Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). Much like the Giro de Italia, if the gaps are small between these two, the TT could be a nail biter. Other smaller riders like Quintana will likely need a sizeable lead padded in the mountain stages to hold off more powerful rivals. As we get closer to the race we will do an in-depth analysis of the TT course with expected finish times and potential outcomes.

Click on the predictive race plan below to see how key factors might affect the results from this stage.

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