Tom Dumoulin wins ITT, Chris Froome returns to the podium, Geraint Thomas secures title at Tour de France
Jul 28 2018 11:20 pm CET

Tom Dumoulin wins ITT, Chris Froome returns to the podium, Geraint Thomas secures title at Tour de France
Tom Dumoulin wins ITT, Chris Froome returns to the podium, Geraint Thomas secures title at Tour de France
Photo of Tom Dumoulin (c) Team Sunweb

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) has won the 20th stage of the Tour de France. The Dutchman was the fastest at the 31-kilometre long individual time trial and Geraint Thomas secured the overall title.

The penultimate stage of the French grand tour was a 31-kilometre long individual time trial between Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle and Espelette. One of the first riders to set a good time at the time trial was Jay Thompson by stopping the clock at 46 minutes and nine seconds and he was followed by Amund Groendahl Jansen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) and Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton-Scott).

The Australian was moved off the hot seat by Marc Soler, but only shortly because soon Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) set a better time. Soon after, Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski stopped the clock at 41 minutes and 42 seconds and he got into the hot seat waiting for the best-placed riders of the General Classification.

Meanwhile, the organisation of the Tour de France announced that Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) was chosen as the most combative rider of the 2018 edition of the race. The Irishman took the victory at the sixth stage of the race and was placed in the top 10 on another five days, taking his chances at every climbing opportunity.

Chris Froome completed the course in 40 minutes and 53 seconds and removed his teammate Kwiatkowski from the hot seat. Primoz Roglic finished the stage in 42 minutes and 7 seconds, losing his position on the overall podium.

Tom Dumoulin completed the route in 40 minutes and 52 seconds, becoming the winner of the 20th stage of the Tour de France and remaining in second position on the final podium. In the beginning, it was thought that Dumoulin crossed the finish line two seconds slower than Froome, but a last moment correction gave the victory to the Sunweb rider.

Geraint Thomas stopped the clock 14 seconds slower than Dumoulin, taking the third position on the day and securing his title of the 2018 Tour de France.






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