latest updates as Jonas Vingaard aims to seal the yellow jersey


Filippo Ganna became the first runner to break the 50km/h barrier on the 40.7km course – GETTY IMAGES

3:11 p.m.

Quintana warms up

Nairobi Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), who will descend the start ramp at 3:52 p.m., was seen sweating on the smart trainer. The Colombian will start fifth in the general classification and if it is unlikely that he can catch up with David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) whom he leads by 2min 30sec, he will not want to lose more than 8sec at

Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) who is sixth.

3:00 p.m.

Wright produces a revolutionary time trial

Solid performance from Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) who set the 9th time, before falling back to 10th after Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) set the 4th time. However, Fred Wright goes even faster with a time of 49min 31.67sec – 50.57sec on Filippo Ganna. Wow, he’s come a long way since riding for the Telegraph AllStars at the Revolution Series in 2015.

2:48 p.m.

Wright saves time

Fred Wright was fourth fastest at the third time check. He was around 2 seconds behind Jan Tratnik, but can the lad who learned his trade at the Velo Club London in Herne Hill do anything extra special in the uphill finale of his race?

Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ), the European time trial champion, is about to descend the starting ramp but the Swiss tends to finish second or third best in these Tour de France events. Can he improve today?

2:40 p.m.

Wright slows down

Fred Wright slowed down considerably, the 23-year-old was fifth fastest at the second time check – it sure looks like he may have burned a few games too many at the start of his run.

2:37 p.m.

Wright, said Fred

Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious), the young Briton who completed a brilliant Lap by breaking away three times and twice coming close to a stage victory, set the fastest time at the first time check! Wow, the South Londoner reached the key point at Aynac in a time of 12min 22.65sec, 0.71sec faster than Filippo Ganna!

2:33 p.m.

Tratnik takes the last step of the podium. . . for the moment

John Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious) knocked Mikkel Bjerg from third place on the podium with a very good time of 49min 47.04sec, but was 1min 5.94sec off the pace of Filippo Ganna.

2:28 p.m.

Hello, what is this?

2:27 p.m.

Bissegger speaks

Stefan Bissegger just spoke on Eurosport saying he was riding without a team radio, also had no water bottle and was struggling in the heat. He looked, understandably, disappointed but managed to smile a little at the end. The course, by the way, looks a little more technical than I expected and luckily the roads are dry today. There have been reports that the wind can start to pick up later, which can take its toll on some who aren’t particularly strong once a disc wheel is attached to their bike.

2:17 p.m.

The Swiss crosses the line – far off the pace

Stefan Bissegger finished his race, but disappointingly for the Swiss rider, he was 4min 10.01sec behind Filippo Ganna. Pretty much finished his Tour as he started it, and one suspects Bissegger will want to forget about his afternoon.

Stefan Bissegger - GETTY IMAGES

Stefan Bissegger – GETTY IMAGES

2:05 p.m.

Forza Italy!

Mattia Cattaneo makes it an Italian double atop the current standings after the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl rider completed the course in 49min 24.91sec, but it’s a whopping 43.81sec over clubhouse leader Filippo Ganna.

Mattia Cattaneo - GETTY IMAGES

Mattia Cattaneo – GETTY IMAGES

2:00 p.m.

Bissegger wobbles

Stefan Bissegger seems to have had a wobble. The Swiss was spotted sharing a bottle with, I believe, Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ). Pretty sure that’s not normal in a high level time trial. Any rhythm Bissegger had seems to have crumbled. Poor old Bissegger.

1:54 p.m.

Ganna is the new stage leader

Filippo Ganna managed to catch four runners, the last of which – compatriot

Alberto Dainese (DSM) – started six minutes before him, while monstrous in the final climb of the big ring. The world champion is ahead of Mikkel Bjerg by 1min 41sec, an average speed of 50.161km/h. Very impressive, but can it be beaten?

1:52 p.m.

Ganna is getting closer to her finish line

Interesting not that Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost) was, despite having to change bikes earlier, fifth fastest in the first two time checks. Filippo Ganna is on the short final climb and is out of his saddle, the rainbow bands are cheered to the rafters by huge crowds lining the road to Rocamadour

1:44 p.m.

Ganna shoot for glory

Filippo Ganna, who is hoping to win the first Tour de France stage of his career today, rides this course and has already caught two riders – Andrea Bagioli (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) – who left before him. The Italian was fastest at all three time controls and was 1min 9s quicker than Mikkel Bjerg with 8.2km of racing to go.

Filippo Ganna - AP

Filippo Ganna – AP

1:35 p.m.

As it is . . .

A number of leading time trial specialists are currently on the course, including the world champion Philippe Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) and Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost), while Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates), three-time under-23 world champion in the discipline, set the best time of the day. Ganna and comrade Mattia Cattaneo (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), however, set the fastest time in the first of three splits after about 10km of racing. Bissegger, the Swiss who had a nightmare in the first time trial in Copenhagen three weeks ago where he crashed in the rain at least twice, is having another bad day at the office and has been, he a few minutes ago, forced to change bikes. If it weren’t for bad luck, Bissegger wouldn’t have had any luck at all!

08:15

Hello

And welcome to our live blog of Stage 20 of the 109th Tour de France, the 40.7 kilometer individual time trial from Lacapelle-Marival to Rocamadour.

Before having a very brief overview of today’s stage, here is my colleague Tom Cary with a recap of yesterday’s stage;

If there was one thing missing from this thrilling edition of the Tour de France, it was a local winner. In 2022, however, seemingly anything is possible. Especially if you ride for Jumbo-Visma.

Having all but secured the yellow, green and polka dot jerseys – Jonas Vingaard and Wout van Aert only have to stay on their feet on the penultimate day of Saturday’s time trial and Sunday’s sprint final in Paris to be sure to get them – the elite Dutch team managed on Friday to offer the host country its first winner of this year’s race.

Christophe Laporte was the man to do it, beating Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Alberto Dainese (DSM) on the climb to Cahors in the Occitanie region of southern France for what was the first stage victory for the Tour of his career.

Laporte’s victory once again meant heartache for Briton Fred Wright. The south Londoner, who has come close several times in this race, was once again the last man standing, having infiltrated a late three-man breakaway with 30km to go.

But Wright’s defeat – he was passed with 500m to go – was France’s gain. There have only been two editions in the entire history of the Tour, in 1926 and 1999, when the host nation was left without a winner and it seemed the crowd knew about that statistic as they roared Laporte at home.

Chosen Champion Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) will be wearing the yellow jersey, the leader’s yellow jersey, for a ninth consecutive day and leads second Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) with an almost unassailable 3min 26sec.

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) mathematically got the green jersey on Wednesday, but can beat Peter Sagan’s points record today if he finishes fifth or higher. If the Belgian finishes the Tour in Paris on Sunday, he will seal the points classification.

After winning at Hautacam on Thursday, Vingaard snatched the polka dot jersey from the shoulders of Simon Geschke (Cofidis) and will win, if he finishes the next two stages on time, the mountain classification.

The double winner of the Tour Pogacar, who has led the classification of young riders since the first stage, will be wearing the white jersey.

So, what’s on today’s menu?

By modern standards, this is a long time trial course that should, in theory, be fine for specialists. There are some short climbs towards the end though – the last in the hilltop village of Rocamadour being 1.7km long with an average gradient of around 7/8% – which can bite. Runners such as Philippe Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) and Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost) will start as favourites, but don’t be surprised if one of the best riders in the general classification – Vingaard, Pogacar and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) – all very good time trialists are there or s find there.

Tour de France 2022, stage 20 profile

Tour de France 2022, stage 20 profile

The first rider down the start ramp will be Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), the Australian who is last in the overall standings starting at 12:05 (BST), while race leader Jonas Vingaard (Jumbo-Visma) of Denmark will conclude the race just under four hours later at 4 p.m. The first 82 runners down the starting ramp will set off with a 1min 30sec gap between them, then two minutes will separate the competitors.

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