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Tour de France - Stage Previews & Discussion - Week 3



Stage Type Date Start / Finish Distance
16      #med      Tue. 07/13       Pas de la Case > Saint-Gaudens      169 km
17      #mountain      Wed. 07/14       Muret > Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet      178.4 km
18      #mountain      Thu. 07/15       Pau > Luz Ardiden      129.7 km
19      #flat      Fri. 07/16       Mourenx > Libourne      207 km
20      #tt      Sat. 07/17       Libourne > Saint-Emilion      30.8 km
21      #flat      Sun. 07/18       Chatou > Paris Champs-Élysées       108.4 km
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    Stage 16 Pas de la Case > Saint-Gaudens 169 km
    13-7-2021
    Start: 13-05pm


    This is a medium mountain stage through the heart of the Pyrénées Ariégeoises and the rugged Couserans region to Saint-Gaudens. The stage of the Tour de France is tailor-made for a successful breakaway. It gets under way with a long descent from Pas de la Case down the Upper Ariège valley. At Tarascon, the route switches from north to west. The riders will follow the road that leads out of the mountains through the villages of Aspet and Soueich, where Ineos Grenadier's "Russian", Pavel Sivakov was raised.



    The route continues to descend, albeit false flat, and moves through Ax-les-Thermes and Tarascon-sur-Ariège before the first climb of the day appears after approximately 40 kilometres.
    Following three climbs (two 2nd catergory, one 1st catergory) but for a short, 4th catergory ramp, the finale is virtually flat, except for a short uphill kicker inside the last 10 kilometres.



    The Climbs:



    Final Kilometres
    The final 500 metres to the line, which is located on what was once the Comminges motor-racing circuit, are quite sharply uphill.



    As this stage is one of the very last chances that teams without an in-form GC leader or sprinter will have to go for a victory, expect there to be a lot of interest in getting into the break. This breakaway is more likely to be successful than most.

    Favourites stage 16 Tour de France 2021

    :*:*:*:*:* Ion Izagirre, Dylan Teuns, Julian Alaphilippe
    :*:*:*:* Wout Poels, Bauke Mollema, Omar Fraile
    :*:*:* Sergio Higuita, Thomas De Gendt, Patrick Konrad, Magnus Cort
    :*:* Ruben Guerreiro, Franck Bonnamour, Neilson Powless, Kasper Asgreen
    :* Matej Mohorič, Valentin Madouas, Pierre Rolland, Simon Geschke



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    https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/1414737485360361496

    not sure if this is confirmed, though. It also says nothing about it in their "preview" itself. Would probably make it more difficult for the rouleur type of riders to get up the road, with the 1st climb coming up quickly
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    https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/1414737485360361496

    not sure if this is confirmed, though. It also says nothing about it in their "preview" itself. Would probably make it more difficult for the rouleur type of riders to get up the road, with the 1st climb coming up quickly

    I can certainly confirm that they regularly get poor visibility up there. When we went over the pass to Andorra, when the Vuelta was in town, back in 2015, we couldn't see the car in front of us, never mind the road.

    Makes this a very short stage.
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    in an interview in Ouest France this morning, #cofidis Guillaume Martin said that today's stage is likely to be his best chance to still get a win, as he is unlikely to be able to jump into the breakaway on those fast, flat starts the days after.

    Will the other gc teams really let him yoyo his way back up to 2nd, though?! :D
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    Patrick Konrad blasted to a fantastic solo win on stage 16 of the Tour de France 2021 in the Pyrenees.
    The Bora-Hansgrohe rider put in a huge effort to bridge across to the leading group mid-way through the stage, before he attacked on the Col de Portet-d'Aspet to drop his rivals with more than 35km left to ride. Behind, Sonny Colbrelli and Michael Matthews led the rest of the chase group home.

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    Stage 17 Muret > Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet 178.4 km
    14-7-2021
    Start: 11-50am


    Bastille Day is always special on the Tour de France and this one is certainly special: imo, it's this year's Queen stage. (although a case can be made for tomorrow, too)
    The 2018 stage that first introduced the Col du Portet, with a F1 start grid that was the novelty, quickly discarded.
    This year, we get a more traditional stage, with a178km route that traverses the Pyrenees, as the race departs Muret and heads in a South Westerly direction towards the mountains.



    After 110kms of relative flat, the stage manages to pack two 1st catagory climbs and a hors catergory ascent into the last 65kms. (as in 2018) First up the slopes of the Col de Peyresourde and the riders will have barely any flat road ahead of them before the finish. It’s the easiest of the three climbs, although to describe it as easy would be insulting.
    A descent, then on the flat very briefly as they circle the lake to reach the foot of the Col d’Azet: shorter, but steeper, than the Peyresourde. Straight after the descent, the long and hard finishing climb kicks in. The gradient on the Col du Portet is unrelenting.



    The Climbs:





    This is what Geraint Thomas has to say about the Portet in his book, "The Mountains According to G":
    So let's make something about it quite clear. It was the hardest single climb of all the 2018 Tour de France. It's the hardest single climb I've done in any Tour de France since my debut back in 2007.
    It's an Alpine climb in the Pyrenees.





    The 17th stage offers climbers with GC ambitions the penultimate chance to put time into their rivals. So a huge clash between the remaining GC contenders is on the cards. Expect some pure climbers to be involved too.

    Favourites stage 17 Tour de France 2021

    :*:*:*:*:* Tadej Pogacar
    :*:*:*:* Jonas Vingegaard, Richard Carapaz
    :*:*:* Nairo Quintana, Dan Martin, David Gaudu, Esteban Chaves
    :*:* Wilco Kelderman, Rigoberto Uran, Wout Poels, Eric Mas,
    :* Jakob Fuglsang, Michael Woods, Miguel Ángel López, Wout van Aert, Ben O'Connor, Pello Bilbao
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    should be a fun stage.   will be a fast start to get into the break, and with the climbs all coming at the end hopefully all the sprinters will make it through the time cut
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    I'm guessing that  #ineos will be all-in for this stage, in the hopes of propelling Carapaz onto the podium with a bit more certainty. Not to mention, they haven't even won a single stage yet. Do they really want to wait until tomorrow, which will truly be their last chance?

    Speaking of who has and hasn't won a stage...

    Stage Wins:

    #deceuninck Deceuninck-QuickStep - 5

    #uae UAE Team Emirates - 2 [updated after Stage 17]

    #alpecin Alpecin-Fenix - 2

    #bahrain Bahrain Victorious - 2

    #tdfjumbo Team Jumbo–Visma - 2

    #tdfbora Bora-Hansgrohe - 2

    #ag2r AG2R Citroën Team - 1

    #trek Trek–Segafredo - 1


    Which leaves...
     
    No Stage Wins:

    #ineos Ineos Grenadiers
    #movistar Movistar Team
    #ef EF Education-Nippo
    #groupama Groupama-FDJ
    #cofidis Cofidis
    #astana Astana-Premier Tech
    #lotto Lotto Soudal
    #israel Israel Start–Up Nation
    #iwg Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
    #dsm Team DSM
    #bikeexchange Team BikeExchange
    #nexthash Qhubeka NextHash
    #arkea Team Arkea-Samsic
    #total Team TotalEnergies
    #bbhotels B&B Hotels p/b KTM

    That should make for some very anxious racing over the next two days.  :-x
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    Another day of racing more akin to Pais Vasco in April than the TDF in July.
    After some tussling between the French riders to make it into the breakaway on Bastille Day, six men were eventually able to form a coalition up the road and gain a maximum advantage nearing nine minutes.
    Those six, Lukas Pöstlberger  #bora, Anthony Perez  #cofidis, Dorian Godon  #ag2r, Anthony Turgis  #total, Danny van Poppel  #iwg, and Maxime Chevalier  #bbhotels, would make it to the slopes of the Col de Peyresourde in tact and with an advantage of around eight minutes.
    On the next climb, the Col de Val Louron-Azet, the breakaway was just four men, with Pöstlberger immediately letting go of Perez, Godon, and Turgis on the early slopes. By the top of the Val Louron-Azet, Perez was riding solo but still had a respectable advantage of 3-52.
    But the pace of  #uae was relentless, and Godon was unable to hold the effort out front 3km into the climb, leaving Perez to battle on all alone.
    With 8.4km to go, Pogačar made his move, taking many of the other key contenders with him, including Jonas Vingegaard, Richard Carapaz, Rigoberto Urán, Ben O’Connor, and Carapaz’s final domestique Jonathan Castroviejo.
    A second attack left a trio of Pogačar, Vingegaard, and Carapaz out front. Eventually Carapaz ended his bluff and attacked, dropping Vingegaard who had to fight to keep the other two in sight. Vingegaard returned to them with less than 200m to go. Neither Vingegaard nor Carapaz could prevent the yellow jersey from powering away from them within the final 100m to claim the stage victory, with Vingegaard getting closest at three seconds behind, Carapaz a further second behind the Dane.


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    KoM fail from the non-GC challengers? Well, Poels is still in the lead which exonerates him somewhat from such accusations. Not so sure about the others. Especially after they took yesterday off to concentrate on today/tomorrow.
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    Stage 18, Pau > Luz Ardiden Length 129.7 km
    15-7-2021
    Start 13-35pm


    Stage 18, the final mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France is arguably one of the hardest days in the race, with two massive Pyrenean climbs – the Col du Tourmalet and a blockbuster finish at the top of Luz Ardiden. At 130 kilometres, the last mountain stage of the Tour de France is a relatively short one. Most uphill action is clustered inside the last 50 kilometres. The stage begins in the city that from 1930 has hosted either a start or finish on most editions: Pau



    There are two small fourth category ascents in the first 54 kilometres of racing as they move in a South Easterly direction. From intermediate sprint at Pouzac, the road starts to head gentle uphill, through Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Campan and Saint-Marie-de-Campan, to the slopes of the Col du Tourmalet. The riders fly down into Luz-Saint-Sauveur to tackle the last climb of the Tour de France. The ascent into Luz-Ardiden.



    The Climbs:

    The Tourmalet on this side, the climb adds up to 17.1 kilometres, while the average gradient sits at 7.3%.



    The second straight HC-category climb of the day to the summit of Luz Ardiden. The climb is 13.3 kilometres in length, and while the opening few hundred metres are relatively easy the climb ramps up drastically after the first kilometre.




    While the stage is an open invitation to mountain goats to plan a long range attack and although in reality we probably know the answer, obviously, the key question will be: are the climbers capable to distance the better time trialists such as Pogacar and Vingegaard?
    Perhaps then, this stage could be one for someone not threatening the GC, but on his day can climb like the said goat.

    Favourites stage 18 Tour de France 2021

    :*:*:*:*:* Tadej Pogacar
    :*:*:*:* Richard Carapaz, Jonas Vingegaard
    :*:*:* Wilco Kelderman, David Gaudu, Ben O'Connor
    :*:* Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán, Esteban Chaves
    :* Bauke Mollema, Eric Mas, Sergio Higuita, Wout Poels, Michael Woods
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    Apparently Pogačar is poised to be the first rider to ever win both the #yellow & #white back-to-back in consecutive years. For that matter, I believe he'll be the only rider to have ever done it twice. Period.

    Previous winners of both jerseys:
    (The White jersey was only introduced in 1975.)

    Laurent Fignon - 1983
    Jan Ullrich - 1997
    Alberto Contador - 2007
    Andy Schleck - 2010
    Egan Bernal - 2019
    Tadej Pogačar - 2020
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    Quickstep blocking the breakaway for Cav to get a bigger time cut was really a new level of absurd racing. Will we get more of that tomorrow? ;)
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    Some more stats: [Edited after Stage 19, July 16]

    Teams still at full strength:

    #uae UAE Team Emirates
    #deceuninck Deceuninck-Quick Step
    #ef EF Education-Nippo
    #cofidis Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

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    Teams with less than 8 riders remaining.

    #ag2r Ag2r-Citroën - 7
    Abandoned: Nans Peters

    #bahrain Bahrain Victorious - 7
    Abandoned: Jack Haig

    #tdfbora Bora-Hansgrohe - 7
    Abandoned: Peter Sagan

    #ineos Ineos Grenadiers - 7
    Abandoned: Luke Rowe

    #total TotalÉnergies - 7
    Abandoned: Edvald Boasson Hagen

    #trek Trek-Segafredo - 7
    Abandoned: Vincenzo Nibali

    #israel Israel Start-up Nation - 7
    Abandoned: Michael Woods

    #movistar Movistar - 6
    Abandoned: Marc Soler; Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno

    #alpecin Alpecin-Fenix - 6
    Abandoned: Mathieu van der Poel, Tim Merlier

    #astana Astana-Premier Tech -6 [Edited after Stage 20]
    Abandoned: Stefan de Bod; Jakob Fuglsang

    #bbhotels B&B Hotels p/b KTM - 6
    Abandoned: Cyril Lemoine, Bryan Coquard.

    #iwg Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux - 6
    Abandoned: Loïc Vliegen, Jonas Koch.

    #groupama Groupama-FDJ - 5
    Abandoned: Ignatas Konovalovas, Arnaud Démare, Jacopo Guarnieri.

    #lotto Lotto-Soudal - 5
    Abandoned: Caleb Ewan, Jasper De Buyst, Roger Kluge.

    #nexthash Qhubeka-NextHash - 5
    Abandoned: Nicholas Dlamini, Victor Campenaerts, Michael Gogl.

    #bikeexchange Team BikeExchange - 5
    Abandoned: Lucas Hamilton, Simon Yates, Amund Grondahl Jansen.

    #dsm Team DSM - 5
    Abandoned: Jasha Sütterlin, Tiesj Benoot, Soren Kragh Andersen.

    #tdfjumbo Jumbo-Visma - 4  :S
    Abandoned: Robert Gesink, Primoz Roglic, Tony Martin, Steven Kruijswijk.

    #arkea Arkéa-Samsic - 3  :o
    Abandoned: Anthony Delaplace, Dan McLay, Clément Russo, Warren Barguil, Nacer Bouhanni.

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    Fortunately,  there's no TTT stage on the horizon.  :-x
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    It's amusing to see different reactions to Carapaz's bluffing attempts on yesterday's Stage 17. I've seen some very experienced voices comment that they were fooled by it at the time, whereas here in the Live Chat, we weren't fooled for a moment.
     :P

    The grimacing seemed a bit over-the-top, and was completely incongruous with his ability to stay stuck to the wheels. If he had faltered at all and fallen behind, even just a bit, then it may have been more convincing. But even his two breakaway mates were not fooled by his antics, as Pogačar and Vingegaard admitted afterwards that they had exchanged words on the road about their disbelief in Carapaz.

    What's most interesting to me is that, in the process, Richard Carapaz used up his one and only chance to pull such a deceit. He'll never be trusted in a breakaway again. Not that such tactics should necessarily be out of bounds (and previous executions of the same have become legendary in the sport, certainly), but he just played all his cards in one hand. He'll never be given the benefit of doubt again, and I, for one, was thoroughly satisfied with the fact that after Pogačar left Carapaz in the dust, Vingegaard was equally able to stuff Carapaz's attempt at making any gains against the two leaders.

    Serves him right.  :D

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    One other point worth mentioning:

    Until yesterday, Tadej Pogačar had never won stage while wearing Yellow. So of course he was going to be hungry for the win himself. I wasn't aware of that at the time of watching, but it certainly explains the drive and determination he had.

    Also of note, is that it opens the door for him to maybe gift a stage to a breakaway companion today on Stage 18, should such a scenario present itself. Which it very well might.
     :cool

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     Part of a headline that sums up today and yesterday: ‘Why should I be worried?’ - Tadej Pogačar.
    And to me, this Tour has felt like this since the first Alpine stage.
    Pogačar claimed his second consecutive stage victory in what was almost a carbon copy of the day before.
    The Ineos train was ineffectual, to the extent that it was Pogacar himself who made the elite selection.
    He also claimed the Polka dot jersey from a gallant Wout Poels, due to the ridiculously scoring system, meaning he has secured three of the four jersey's available.

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    Stage 19, Mourenx > Libourne 207 km
    16-7-2021
    Start: 12-20am


    With the Pyrenees in the rearview the attention turns back to the sprinters on stage 19 with a 207 kilometre stage from Mourenx to Libourne. It has been awhile since Mourenx last saw a Tour de France peloton. Following finishes in 1969 and 1970, La Grande Boucle set off from the village in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in 1999 and 2005.
    The riders head in an almost straight line to the north for a likely bunch sprint in Libourne, east of Bordeaux, however it will be a tough day for the sprinters to control.



    There is a solitary 4th category climb which appears early in the stage, but by now, it should attract little interest with the KoM jersey undoubtedly already decided. It's been a few years since there were two stages following the mountains, and the parcour while being predominantly flat, does roll for much of the stage, favouring guys with remaining stamina.



    Not all teams will still have their fast finisher in their ranks, so there are less candidates to share the work load. The distance, coupled with the fact that peloton will be exhausted from five days in the mountains, will leave a number of teams somewhat unwilling to control a peloton for a long day in the saddle. This could also be the last chance for teams without a sprinter or a GC rider to potentially rescue their race and with a lumpy opening 50 kilometres a bunch sprint is far from a certainty.

    Favourites stage 19 Tour de France 2021

    :*:*:*:*:* Mark Cavendish
    :*:*:*:* Jasper Philpsen Wout van Aert
    :*:*:* Jasper Stuyven, Nils Politt, Omar Fraile, Marco Haller, Toms Skujiņš
    :*:* Kasper Asgreen, Stefan Küng, Alex Aranburu, Magnus Cort, Philippe Gilbert
    :* Greg Van Avermaet, Danny van Poppel, Mads Pedersen, Brent Van Moer

    (apologies if I have missed anybody obvious but there must be 50 guys who will try for the break.)

    Half a century ago, it was traditional to follow the Pyrenean incursions with a stage for sprinters in Bordeaux and, in 1969 and 1970, it was from Mourenx that this "classic" started with victories for Barry Hoban and Rold Wolfshohl. Thirty years later, in 1999, it was Tom Steels who won a stage from Mourenx to Bordeaux.

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    I am assuming that Quickstep will chase ... nothing left to work for so they might as well.

    Undecided if Jumbo Visma might as well - WVA might want to sprint, but he is just as likely to save it for the time trial tomorrow.


    Cant see too many of the other teams being interested in towing Cavendish to the finish line.
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    It's been a few years since there were two
    Not all teams will still have their fast finisher in their ranks, so there are less candidates to share the work load. The distance, coupled with the fact that peloton will be exhausted from five days in the mountains, will leave a number of teams somewhat unwilling to control a peloton for a long day in the saddle.

    First off: What an epic finish line photo that is!  :cool

    Secondly: I seem to remember a similar stage to this some years ago that ended up being what many of the riders referred to, unexpectedly, as one of the more demanding of the race. There were varying agendas at play, and the pace quite high, which made for some riding that was much more aggressive than many had anticipated. (Sorry to be vague. I can't remember the year or stage, but I do remember some of the post-stage interviews, particularly from some of the Garmin riders at the time.)

    So I wonder if we might experience something similar today? There may still be some (albeit, minor) skirmishes taking place that drive the pace on an already-exhausted peloton. Panic can become contagious, and who knows what might be set in motion this afternoon?
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    Just updating this from a few days ago, as it may help shape the events of Stage 19.
    (It was easy. I only had to add two more for UAE.)

    After 18 stages...

    Teams with Stage Wins:

    #deceuninck Deceuninck-QuickStep - 5

    #tdfjumbo Team Jumbo–Visma - 4 [Edited after Stages 20 & 21]

    #uae UAE Team Emirates - 3

    #bahrain Bahrain Victorious - 3 [Edited after Stage 19]

    #alpecin Alpecin-Fenix - 2

    #tdfbora Bora-Hansgrohe - 2

    #ag2r AG2R Citroën Team - 1

    #trek Trek–Segafredo - 1


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    Teams with No Stage Wins:

    #ineos Ineos Grenadiers
    #movistar Movistar Team
    #ef EF Education-Nippo
    #groupama Groupama-FDJ
    #cofidis Cofidis
    #astana Astana-Premier Tech
    #lotto Lotto Soudal
    #israel Israel Start–Up Nation
    #iwg Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
    #dsm Team DSM
    #bikeexchange Team BikeExchange
    #nexthash Qhubeka NextHash
    #arkea Team Arkea-Samsic
    #total Team TotalEnergies
    #bbhotels B&B Hotels p/b KTM
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    I have very little time this evening so it's just the results.

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    Stage 20, Libourne > Saint-Emilion 30.8 km

    17-7-2021
    Start: 13-05pm


    The penultimate stage of the Tour de France is the second time trial of the race. The route is 31 kilometres long and takes place in the rolling vineyards near Bordeaux, between Libourne and Saint-Emilion. The course's small rises and long drags will perfectly suit the time trial specialists.
    In 1996, the medieval wine town hosted it's only other visit from Le Tour. It used as finish in a 63.5 kilometer ITT from Bordeaux, which was won by a young upstart by the name of Jan Ullrich.



    The route takes it clockwise from Libourne to Pomerol. Just beyond the village of La Patache, the course checks to the east, loops through Pomerol and then follows a comparatively straight trajectory to reach the outskirts of Lussac, at the course’s most easterly point, then swings in a loop to the South West, before a final turn to the South and Saint-Emilion.
    The vineyard setting showcases some of the finest Bordeaux wine chateaux, which can command enormous prices. After all the small gear climbing in the Pyrenees, this big gear test could be of concern for the climbers.



    Final Kilometres




    Top 10 first time trial:
    1. Pogacar
    2. Küng + 0.19
    3. Vingegaard + 0.27
    4. Van Aert + 0.30
    5. *Van der Poel + 0.31
    6. Asgreen + 0.37
    7. *Roglic + 0.44
    8. Cattaneo + 0.55
    9. Porte s.t.
    10. Lutsenko + 1.00

    * Denotes fallen by the wayside.

    Last day, or second last day, time-trials in a Grand Tour are less about someone’s time trialling ability and more about how physically riders have come through the three weeks. So if you’re physically tired you are going to be losing time and if you’re in a good place exiting the Tour de France then time can be made up. But we won’t see the same gaps we saw last year.

    Favourites stage 20 Tour de France 2021

    :*:*:*:*:* Tadej Pogacar
    :*:*:*:* Wout van Aert, Stefan Küng, Kasper Asgreen
    :*:*:* Stefan Bissegger, Jonas Vingegaard, Mikkel Bjerg, Dylan van Baarle,
    :*:* Mattia Cattaneo, Michał Kwiatkowski, Jonathan Castroviejo
    :* Brandon McNulty, Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte, Alexey Lutsenko, Wilco Kelderman
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    I wonder how Stefan Küng's #groupama legs are feeling after three weeks of racing around France? I would imagine that he'd love to reclaim what was nearly his on the first stage, as he was none-too-pleased when Pogačar crossed the line ahead of his hot-seat-earning time. For Stage 20's iTT, he's slotted in pretty much in the middle of the pack, at position 89, so that may help or hinder him. There are some increased winds expected later in the day, so if can get ahead of those, that would obviously carry its own benefits. But for riders starting after him, obviously they have the advantage of judging their efforts against his.


    Wout Van Aert  #tdfjumbo, who has openly declared his ambition to win this iTT, sets off 70 minutes after Küng as the 124th rider of the day. All eyes will be on his effort, I'm sure.

    With only six seconds separating 2nd place Jonas Vingegaard  #tdfjumbo, and 3rd Richard Carapaz  #ineos, the battle for the secondary steps of the podium will, no doubt, be an exciting one to watch unfold.

    Tadej Pogačar is being coy about his ambitions for the stage, saying that he'll just have to see how well he sleeps the night before, and how his legs feel in the morning. He says he feels no pressure, and, as far as GC goes, that's perfectly understandable and believable. But does he feel the need to stamp his authority on this race one, last time? He's fiercely competitive, we've seen that. So if he's feeling strong, I'm willing to bet that he goes all-in. Of course he'll have the advantage of being the very last rider down the ramp. Unless the winds do pick up and present him with hinderances beyond his control.

    There will be a lot to look forward to during this iTT, and I'm ready to enjoy all of it.  :)
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    Watch out Mark!

    I kind of feel bad for whoever might end up spoiling the party.




    Then again, for WvA to be in position for the final sprint, he's going to need more than just the Jumbo "train" of Kuss, Vingegaard and Teunissen...because that's all he's got left for team mates.
     :-x

     Given the nature of the finish in Paris, I'd sooner put my money on the Quick-Step veterans—all seven of them.

    Plus, that was a massive effort from WvA to win the iTT today. Surely that'll take some of the edge off his sprinting legs tomorrow, no?

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    Random Grand Tour trivia:

    Richard Carapaz will become only the 20th rider in history to stand on the podium of all three Grand Tours.

    In regards to the decimated teams of Jumbo and others at this year's Tour...

    When Greg LeMond won the Tour in 1989 on the ADR team (AD Renting–W-Cup–Bottecchia), he did so with only three teammates remaining by the end.

    *be René Martens ADR - 91
    *be Johan Museeuw ADR - 106
    *nl Johan Lammerts  ADR - 123

    The rest of the ADR team who never made it to Paris:
    *be Frank Hoste
    *be Eddy Planckaert
    *be Ronny Van Holen
    *be Filip Van Vooren
    *no Janusz Kuum
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    Stage 21, Chatou > Paris Champs-Élysées 108.4 km
    18-7-2021
    Start 4-15pm


    The Tour concludes with its by now traditional final stage that starts as a procession and ends with eight fast laps of almost 7 kilometres. Often regarded as the unofficial bunch sprinting world championship on the Champs-Élysées, this edition’s final fling begins in Chatou in the department of Yvelines, which is hosting the start of this stage for the fourth year in a row.
    A glass of champagne, a photo shoot, a very slow pace – those are the ingredients of the parade stage on the final day of action.



    The course turns southwards at Poissy, crossing the only climb of the day, the fourth-category Côte des Grès, and begins to loop to the west. It passes through Saint-Cyr-l’École, which hosted the start of this year’s Paris-Nice, the magnificent chateau at Versailles, the peloton’s speed picking up on the approach to the capital.
    The riders enter the finishing circuit based on Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe with 56km remaining.



    Between 2009-2012 the Champs-Élysées was Mark Cavendish's undisputed kingdom: four consecutive wins. Marcel Kittel, then André Greipel followed, with a brace of victories each. Dylan Groenewegen (2017), Alexander Kristoff (2018), Caleb Ewan (2019), and Sam Bennett (2020) have since powered to victory.

    The Circuit:



    The finish is further up the Champs Elysee this year, with the flamme rouge just before the Place de la Concorde and they have 700 metres to go as they take the slight right turn onto the Avenue.



    Favourites stage 21 Tour de France 2021

    :*:*:*:*:* Mark Cavendish
    :*:*:*:* Jasper Philipsen, Wout van Aert
    :*:*:* Nobody
    :*:* Cees Bol, Danny van Poppel, Mads Pedersen
    :* Michael Matthews, Sonny Colbrelli, Christophe Laporte, André Greipel, Iván García Cortina

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