Tour in Luxembourg: This week’s race was fraught with traffic problems – specifically the traffic problem of cars finding their way onto the track, much to the ire of competing cyclists. According to my colleague James Dart, things didn’t seem to improve as the race progressed.
Remy Kavagna: Speaking to French television, the incumbent leader said he expects the candidates to cut 45 seconds to a minute from his time of 57 minutes 54 seconds.
“I didn’t change my bike because I’m used to riding my TT bike,” he says. “I change the bike, I would lose 30 to 40 seconds. Wearing the national champion jersey gives the wings. Without encouragements in the end, I would have lost ten seconds or more. I am very happy with this blue, white and red shirt, and I’m proud to wear and honor him.”
Tipu Pinot: The French knight took a disappointing run after crashing in the final stages of the opening stage three weeks ago. Today is a special occasion for a French knight, who grew up in Lure and made a starting ramp outside the school he attended as a teen. Local Mayor Regis Pinot is the father of a Groupama-FDJ contestant. Pinot is scheduled to launch at 3.16pm (BST).
Kavagna breaks the hour mark: Deceuninck – Quick-Step racer Remi Cavagna is the first racer to finish the race in an hour, scoring 57 minutes 54 seconds.
Mountain King: Ineos Grenadiers rider Richard Carabaz wears a polka-dot shirt, topping the King of the Mountains ranking with 74 points. Tadej Bojacar is three points behind second place, while Primoz Rogelic is third with five points. If Rogelic and Bojacar score the first and second best times in today’s final ascent, Karabaz will need to be the third fastest time to secure the jersey.
Teammate Pavel Sivakov said, “The Slovenes are having a very good time experimenting.” “Even when doing the first part flat, they can have a very fun time at the top of the hill while Richard provides energy for the hill. Hopefully the strategy works. Richard will of course change the bike in order to climb. We are confident but we are not overconfident.”
A new time to conquer it: Nils Politt chips from Israel Start-Up Nation in Israel about a minute after Chevalier’s time, and commute home in 1 hour 00 minutes 59 seconds. Who will be the first to break a watch?
Winning time: Bed and breakfast contestant Maxime Chevalier is the club’s front runner, covering the course in 1 hour 1 minute 57 seconds.
“It was important for me to test myself in such a long experience, especially in Tour de FranceThe 21-year-old said. “I was ready to put everything to the end. This was the first time voluntarily changing the bike in a time trial. It cuts the legs a bit. The change of position and tempo from flat section to climb was kind of special, but I am satisfied with completing the tour despite having one final stage Tomorrow.
“I was very scared when I started because this is only my first year for professionals. I thank the team for their confidence in me. I learned a lot even though the Tour de France is a difficult thing every day. As a team we had a good tour with a lot of top 10.”
Caleb Ewan changes his bike: Third in GC but with two laps to his name on this year’s Tour already, the Australian is switching from his test bike to a road bike before the final climb.
To change bikes or not to change?
Much of the conversation around the stage of the day centered on whether or not riders would swap bikes before starting their ascent to Les Planche des Belles Filles. The first 30 kilometers flat and rolling are very different from the last six, which are practically strenuous. What are the benefits of switching from a TT bike to a road climbing bike? At what point along the route should passengers intend to do so … Do they? Here’s an Australian who wears glasses Red Lantern Podcast To explain …
Check the time today
We will be able to monitor, compare and compare the progress of the various riders at three different locations on today’s route, the last one at Les Planches des Belles Filles the only one that really matters.
- If radon: 21.8 km to go
- Les Mines floor: 5.9 miles to go
- Point Chrono a Mi-Pente: 2.7 miles to go
- Beautiful Girls Council: End.
Favorite stage today
Primoz Roglic is the favorite to win the experience of the time, but it might not be in its own way. His teammates Wout van Aert and Tom Dumoulin are also excited to do well, while Tadej Pogacar (United Arab Emirates), Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) might also find themselves in the mix. Kwiatkowski is ranked 29th in the GC and will be the first of those quintets to go counter-clockwise today at 3.18 PM (GMT) and must set a suitable time to win.
Today’s times …
While it would be a delight to be your company throughout the entire day stage, big hitters in terms of overall rankings won’t be out for another three hours. Rogelic’s Jumbo-Wisma colleague Wout van Aert is 20th in the overall classification and is scheduled to kick off at 3.36 pm (GMT). Roglic is due to go at 4:14 pm (GMT), two minutes after his compatriot Tadij Bojacar.
Stage 20 is going: This year’s Lantern Rouge, Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) was the first out of 146 riders to roll down the ramp, followed by teammates Frederick Frieson and Caleb Ewan with a 30-second interval. Almost six hours behind Primoz Roglic, the race leader in the overall rating, Kluge would need a lot of effort today if he wanted to challenge the Slovenian. One, like many competitors, doubts a rather pleasant course along the course of the day. As the stragglers leave the junior hut every 90 seconds, the last 74 will exit every two minutes.
Stage 19 Summary
Dane’s Suren Krag Andersen won the stage, while Primus Roglick entered another stage amid the ongoing controversy over the expulsion of his team leader Mirren Zeman from the tour.
Stage 20: The Temptation of La Blanche de Belle Ville (36.2 km)
From William Fotheringham’s Progress Guide: The tour used to take up to 120 kilometers of time trials, but this was curtailed to create more exciting races for television. A steep finish like this should confirm what we’ve seen going up in the last few days; France will be praying for a good tour of Pinot, whose village of Milesi, is featured early today.
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