Race report

GC riders and specialists do battle in time trial

Tour de France

The penultimate stage at this year’s Tour de France saw the peloton take on a challenging 31 kilometre long time trial, from Libourne to Saint-Émilion. With a rolling, twisting course, it was set to be a fast day out in the saddle and a battle between the time trial specialists and GC riders for the stage win.

With all eyes on tomorrow’s final stage and sprint opportunity in Paris along the famous Champs Élysées, the team tried to take the time trial as easy as possible to conserve as much energy as they could; which was no easy feat on the tricky course. Tour debutant Nils Eekhoff set the team’s fastest time at the finish, with an effort of 39 minutes and 40 seconds.

“It was a nice hilly time trial today,” said Eekhoff. “I paced myself well over the course which was good. I’m looking forward to the Champs-Élysées tomorrow now, where we’ll go all-in and look to slam it one last time for this year’s Tour.”

Team DSM coach Luke Roberts added: “That’s stage 20 of the Tour de France complete. Our goal for today was to get through the stage in as good a way as possible, spending the least amount of energy and making sure we all came home safely. All of the guys did just that which is great, so we’ll now turn our attention to the final stage in Paris tomorrow where we’ll go for it in the sprint finish.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VAN AERT Wout Team Jumbo-Visma 35:53 120
2 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:21 50
3 VINGEGAARD Jonas Team Jumbo-Visma 0:32 25
54 EEKHOFF Nils Team DSM 3:47 -
96 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM 4:39 -
109 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team DSM 5:07 -
111 PEDERSEN Casper Team DSM 5:11 -
119 BOL Cees Team DSM 5:23 -