2021 Tour de France S20: All-rounder ITT bomber! Wout Van Aert won again.
On July 17, the twentieth stage of the Tour de France ended. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo–Visma) performed well, successfully defeated all his opponents, and won the stage championship with his excellent personal time trial ability. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) finished the race steadily and won the eighth stage. The top five and four-color jerseys of the total score remained unchanged.
▲Elevation map of the 20th stage: the total length is 30.8km, although the distance is long, the elevation fluctuations are almost negligible
Andre Greipel (Israel Start–Up Nation) announced before the start of the race that he will retire after the end of the season. Although the Gorilla has a one-year contract with the team, he also said that he will fight until he is 40 years old. Tour de France changed his mind. Andre Greipel just passed his 39th birthday yesterday. He has won 11 Tour de France championships in his career, bringing countless wonderful memories to fans. Andre Greipel said that he enjoyed his time on the field very much and wished him a happy retirement life in the future.
▲ITT is also a feast of equipment
▲Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is the first cyclist to start
▲Mark Cavendish has no pressure today, just be happy
▲Tim Declercq, who started the race first, finished the race first. Although his results are average, his contribution in this Tour de France cannot be ignored
The cyclists started off one after another. The early competition was not fierce. Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) finished the race in 36 minutes and 45 seconds, becoming the first cyclist on the field with an average speed of more than 50km/h and temporarily boarding the hot seat. Soon after, Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) crossed the line in 36 minutes and 37 seconds, refreshing the best result on the field, and temporarily came to the leading position.
▲Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)
▲Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates)
▲Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2RCitroën)
Soon after, the Danish national individual time trial champion Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) consecutively refreshed the best results of two timing points on the way, leading Stefan Bissegger 23 seconds across the line, with an average speed of 51km/h, and boarded the hot seat. At this time, the European individual time trial champion Stefan Kung (FDJ) has also set off. This is his last chance to compete for the championship of this year's Tour de France. Can he break through himself today?
Stefan Kung rushed all the way, leading Kasper Asgreen by 10 seconds at the first timing point, but his stamina was insufficient, and at the second timing point he was only 0.25 seconds ahead of Kasper Asgreen. In the end, Stefan Kung was 16 seconds behind Kasper Asgreen to cross the line. Unfortunately, he temporarily ranked second.
Wout Van Aert (Jumbo–Visma) was also one of the hottest cyclists in the stage. He was 3 seconds faster than Stefan Kung at the first timing point and 24 seconds at the second timing point, finally leading Kasper Asgreen by 21 seconds. With an average speed of 51.5km/h, he will be waiting for the challenge of GC cyclists on the hot seat.
Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe), Ben O’Connor (AG2RCitroën), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo–Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) started one after another, and the GC battle entered the final stage. Tadej Pogacar rode relatively conservatively, 16 seconds behind Wout Van Aert at the first timing point and 5 seconds behind Jonas Vingegaard. Such a small time loss will not shake his overall lead.
▲Wout Van Aert
Jonas Vingegaard played steadily, 21 seconds behind Wout Van Aert at the second timing point and 17 seconds faster than Tadej Pogacar. In the end, Jonas Vingegaard crossed the line 32 seconds slower than his teammates and temporarily ranked third in the stage. Soon, Tadej Pogacar also came to the end, 57 seconds slower than Wout Van Aert to cross the line, successfully defending the challenge. At the end of the game, Wout Van Aert finally defeated all opponents in the individual time trial and won the stage championship. Kasper Asgreen was second, Jonas Vingegaard was third, and Tadej Pogacar was eighth.
After the stage, the four-color jersey remained unchanged. Tadej Pogacar has a yellow jersey, a polka dot jersey for climbing and a white jersey for the best young cyclist. Mark Cavendish continued to wear a sprint green jersey. Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels) was selected as the Super Combativity award in the Tour de France.