On the 20th and penultimate stage of the Tour de France 2018, the overall standings will be decided in advance. In the time trial, the favourites fight for the decisive seconds for the overall standings. SPOX provides the most important information about the stage and the transmission.
Leader Geraint Thomas has a 2’05” lead over second Tom Dumoulin, but Dumoulin is the reigning time trial world champion and could well lose Thomas’ time.
The only single time trial on this Tour de France is not particularly long at 31 kilometres, but it is very demanding. The course from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette is very undulating and there are hardly any flat passages. Above all, the 900-metre long and 10.2 per cent steep ramp shortly before the end of the stage represents a great challenge for the riders.
On the stage there are two measurements of the split times, one after 13 and then after 22 kilometres.
The time trial starts with the start of the first rider at 12 o’clock. The last finish is expected at 5:13 pm. From 11:55 a.m. One will broadcast the stage before Das Erste will take over at 4 p.m. The sports show also provides the entire broadcast as a continuous live stream.
Eurosport shows the time trial in full length and also offers a live stream.
If you can’t see the time trial on TV or live stream, you can also watch the stage in the live ticker from 3 pm.
The riders start the time trial in the reverse order of the general classification. At 12 o’clock Lawson Craddock will finish the course as the bottom of the overall standings. Afterwards, the starts take place at an interval of 1:30 minutes.
From the 40th rider the interval increases to two minutes, so that Ilnur Zakarin, the first rider in the top ten, will start at 4:11 pm. Geraint Thomas is the last driver on duty from 4:29 pm.
For most of the jerseys everything is already decided before the last two stages. Both Peter Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe could only lose the green and the dotted jersey if they were to retire from the race. Pierre Latour in the white jersey already has a big lead over second-placed Egan Bernal.
Geraint Thomas did not give himself any nudity on the last stages and defended his yellow jersey confidently, he even extended his lead again and again. Defending champion Chris Froome, on the other hand, dropped back to fourth place yesterday.
In addition to double stage winner Thomas, Julian Allaphilippe, Dylan Groenwegen and Fernando Gaviria, who also won two stages each, were particularly convincing. Peter Sagan has even been able to cheer three times.