Stage Report: Saturday’s time trial went to Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert, taking his second 2021 Tour stage victory after the Mont Ventoux win. His teammate Jonas Vingegaard was second on the stage and held his runner-up place overall. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely to make sure of his overall victory in Paris on Sunday.
A storming ride by Van Aert for his second Tour stage win in 2021
– The final kilometre of Stage 20 and read our full report and pics below:-
Wout van Aert has won the twentieth stage time trial of the Tour de France to add to the stage eleven win. Ten days after his victory ride over Mont Ventoux, the Jumbo-Visma rider was the best on the road to Saint-Émilion. Tadej Pogacar had problems and will take the final yellow jersey of the 2021 Tour de France on Sunday.
Stage 20 profile
Tour boss Christian Prudhomme describes stage 20: “The prestigious vineyard setting will make the athletic performance all the more impressive and will remind many of the Bordeaux-Pauillac time-trial in 2010 when Fabian Cancellara had beaten Tony Martin by 17 seconds. And drama should be well present on the day as the end of Tour time-trials have that vocation to decide who will conquer that final Yellow Jersey.”
First man down the start ramp: Tim Declercq (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
Thumbs up from Mark Cavendish as he finishes
Just like last year, a time trial was scheduled on the penultimate stage. We wouldn’t see the tables turned this time, as leader, Tadej Pogačar had a lead of almost 6 minutes on Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz before the start.
Chris Froome will be glad to get the Tour under his belt
Clothing malfunction for Ide Schelling (BORA-hansgrohe)
Tim Declercq was the first rider to start the 30.8 kilometre time trial to Saint-Émilion. Of course he would also set the first time of the day, but it did not last very long. The moment Declercq finished, two time trial fast-men started: Mikkel Bjerg and Stefan Bissegger.
Early leader Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) with a time of 36:45
Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) was riding well
The first top times were soon to come. Bissegger came in with a time of 36 minutes 37 seconds, Bjerg in 36 minutes 45 seconds. With that, both riders were almost one and a half minutes faster than Dries Devenyns, who had the previous fastest time.
The next in the ‘Hot Seat’ was Bissegger with 36:37
Philippe Gilbert – Last Tour de France?
The best time of the Swiss rider, who won the chrono in Paris-Nice this year, was top for just under an hour. Magnus Cort, Bruno Armirail and Dylan van Baarle gritted their teeth, but they were not fast enough.
A happy Andre Greipel who announced he will retire at the end of the season
A good ride by Harry Sweeny – 37:54
Kasper Asgreen, Stefan Küng and Wout van Aert were the favourites of the non-classification riders. They would start at 3.03pm (Asgreen), 3.33pm (Küng) and 4.43pm (Van Aert). Of them, Asgreen would be the first to go under Bissegger’s time. With a finishing time of 36 minutes and 14 seconds, he was 23 seconds faster.
Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was looking fast
Next top ride came from Asgreen with 36:14 – New leader
This put European champion Küng under pressure. The Swiss rider started his time trial at ‘full gas’ to improve Asgreen’s time: at the first intermediate point he was 10 seconds faster. Later it turned out that Küng had done too much. He was 14 seconds short at the finish.
Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) led through the time checks, but…
Küng lost time at the end of the TT – 36:31
Van Aert was then the next challenger for the leading Asgreen. He also started his time trial at top speed. At 10 kilometres he was 3 seconds faster than Küng and, more importantly, 13 seconds faster than Asgreen. Unlike Küng, Van Aert held out until the finish. In Saint-Émilion Van Aert was 21 seconds faster than Asgreen.
Not too much was expected from Andorra stage winner Sepp Kuss
Wout van Aert was leading through the intermediate checks
Only the classification riders could then keep Van Aert from a stage win, especially Pogačar and Vingegaard. However, it soon became clear that they would not come close to Van Aert either. Vingegaard finished third, Pogačar was eighth. Vingegaard retained his second place.
Wout Poels had to ride in the KOM jersey – One of Pogačar’s
Ben O’Connor held his 4th overall
Among the other GC riders, Lutsenko fell short to push Mas off 6th place, while Kelderman came close to O’Connor, but was no longer able to threaten his 4th place. So nothing changed in the general classification.
Van Aert took the ‘Hot Seat’ with a time of 35:53
second place on the stage and overall for Jonas Vingegaard
Stage winner, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “Winning an ITT in the Tour de France has always been one of the biggest goals of my career. I have been focused on this race in the last couple of days. I am very happy I have pulled it off. Comparing with the first ITT [of this Tour de France], this one was more rolling, and faster. With my weight, it was more to my advantage than the first one, which was punchier. It has been a perfect day. I was completely over-heated after the effort. It was stressful to see the rest riders coming to the finish. But, when I saw the intermediate times of the GC guys, I relaxed a bit. It was a very hard Tour de France for my team. I am very proud of what we achieved, with three stage wins and Jonas placing second in the final GC.”
No stage win for Tadej Pogačar today, but the overall win is in the bag
Hot work from Wout van Aert
Overall leader, KOM and Best Young Rider, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “I am super happy it is finished. Actually, it was a very fast ITT. There was so much support over the course. I was enjoying every kilometre, even if it was very hot and I was suffering a bit. I was going a flat-out, but it was different to the first ITT, on which there was more adrenaline, but I was well prepared anyway and it still was a super performance. I can’t compare both Tour de France GC victories. I can’t say which one is more beautiful. Last year everything was decided on the last ITT and the emotions were by far stronger. This time, I took the yellow jersey quite earlier. It has been totally different. Today I saw Allan [Peiper] for the first time since January. I was super happy to see him. It was already a lot of emotions before the start. It has been great to ride the ITT with his support, and the support of the team, my family, my friends… I will think about what this means in the future. For the moment, I am just very happy.”
Happy, happy, happy!
Tour de France Stage 20 Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma in 35:53
2. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:21
3. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 0:32
4. Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 0:38
5. Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo at 0:45
6. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:50
7. Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates at 0:53
8. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:57
9. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo at 1:00
10. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:21
11. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 1:35
12. Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:46
13. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:47
14. Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:48
15. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain Victorious at 1:56
16. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:58
17. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Qhubeka-NextHash at 2:01
18. Harry Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Soudal at 2:01
19. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:05
20. Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis at 2:05
21. Luke Durbridge (Aus) BikeExchange at 2:06
22. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 2:06
23. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:09
24. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo at 2:17
25. Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 2:19.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 20:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 80:17:00
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 5:20
3. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:02
4. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 10:01
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 10:13
6. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 11:43
7. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 12:22
8. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 15:33
9. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 16:04
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 18:33
11. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 21:21
12. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 23:28
13. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) BikeExchange at 37:48
14. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 38:08
15. Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 39:09
16. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 50:35
17. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious at 51:40
18. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo at 54:09
19. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 57:11
20. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 1:01:39
21. Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka-NextHash at 1:03:12
22. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM at 1:04:34
23. Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 1:05:26
24. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:06:19
25. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1:07:49.