Spectacular time trial gives Tadej Pogacar Yellow ahead of final stage in Tour de France
Sep 20 2020 12:21 am CET

Spectacular time trial gives Tadej Pogacar Yellow ahead of final stage in Tour de France
Spectacular time trial gives Tadej Pogacar Yellow ahead of final stage in Tour de France
Photo of Tadej Pogacar by UAE-Team Emirates

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) has taken the victory of the closing time trial of the Tour de France and took the lead of the General Classification by beating Roglic by 59 seconds.

The decisive individual time trial took place over a 36.2-kilometre route from Lure and La Planche des Belles Filles that included a six-kilometre climb of the first category. French time trial national champion Remy Cavagna went down the ramp early on the competition and completed the route in 57 minutes and 54 seconds -all of it in his time trial bike, setting from there a time that was difficult to beat.

With some points for the King of the Mountains classification still at play at the finish line of La Planche des Belles Filles, Richard Carapaz' (Ineos) tactic was to save energy on the flat part so he could make the better time on the climb and keep the Polka Dot for the podium in Paris.

Cavagna stayed on the hot seat for most of the day, but Wout van Aert moved him from there by setting a time of 57 minutes and 26 seconds, being 28 seconds faster than the Frenchman. One of the next riders to face the circuit was Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) who started right away showing a better performance than his teammate on the first intermediate point and decided to do the entire climb in his time trial bike.

Meanwhile, the fight for the Yellow Jersey was full of tension as Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) did overall a better performance than Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Both Slovenian riders changed bikes ahead of the final climb and Pogacar set a high pace that not only caught to Roglic's time but also was faster than Dumoulin's.

Dumoulin completed the course in 57 minutes and 16 seconds, which was a time 10 seconds better than the one of Van Aert. Pogacar completed the course one minute and 21 seconds faster than the Dutchman, and took the Yellow Jersey, the Polka Dot jersey and kept the lead of the Young classification after the time trial.

Despite his effort, Roglic fell to the second position of the General Classification.






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