Wout van Aert wins last time trial of Tour de France, Pogacar confirms GC victory
Jul 18 2021 12:02 am CET

Wout van Aert wins last time trial of Tour de France, Pogacar confirms GC victory
Wout van Aert wins last time trial of Tour de France, Pogacar confirms GC victory
Tour de France

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has taken the win of the penultimate stage of the Tour de France, while Tadej Pogacar has confirmed his overall victory.

The penultimate stage of the 2020 French grand tour was also the last individual time trial of the race in which the riders covered a 30.8-kilometre course between Libourne and Saint-Emilion. The Swiss Stefan Bisseger was one of the first riders to set a competitive time, but he was moved out of the hot seat by the Danish time trial national champion Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), who stopped the clock in 36 minutes and 14 seconds.

Soon after, it was the time for the European time trial champion Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) to go down the ramp -who started as one of the favorites and finished behind Tadej Pogacar at the first fight against the clock of this edition of the race- but in the end he was 17 seconds slower than Asgreen.

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert was the next man to set the best time of the stage, finishing the course in 35 minutes and 53 seconds, and he had to wait for the riders of the General Classification, particularly the Yellow Jersey wearer who was his biggest threat.

Soon was evident that Pogacar wasn't going to be a threat for Van Aert and that Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) wasn't going to be able to challenge the time of Jumbo-Visma's Jonas Vingegaard, having to settle for the third place on the final podium.

The Ecuadorian set a time two minutes and 41 seconds slower than the winner of the stage, while the Dane was only 32 seconds behind his teammate. The Slovenian winner of the 2020 Tour de France stopped the clock 57 seconds slower than Van Aert and confirmed his win of the current edition of the race.

The General Classification of the race remained unmoved to the 19th place -Van Aert's- and Bauke Mollema climbed to the 20th position.






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