TOUR DE FRANCE 2021 STAGE 20 RESULTS – WOUT VAN AERT TAKES ONE FOR JUMBO

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Tadej Pogacar all but became champion of the 2021 Tour de France on Saturday as the UAE rider protected his large overall lead in the stage 20 time-trial, ahead of the traditionally ceremonial final run to Paris. Wout van Aert won the time trial, but defending champion Pogacar’s solid ride means he need only cross the Champs-Elysees finish line with the peloton in Sunday’s 21st, and final, stage to retain the fabled yellow jersey as winner of the world’s greatest bike race.

 

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Pogacar won three stages on his way to this dominant triumph in a manner reminiscent of former champions Alberto Contador and Chris Froome, strong in both the time-trials and the mountains.

He will also win the awards for best rider under-25 and the king of the mountains polka-dot jersey, a triple he also achieved on his debut last year.

The top three in the overall standings remained the same after the 18 mile run on a sizzling holiday Saturday as rowdy fans packed the roadsides all the way to the pretty Saint-Emilion vineyards.

Jumbo’s Jonas Vingegaard goes into the final day run in second, while Ineos’ Richard Carapaz is in third.

A second place for the Dutch team Jumbo is a triumph of sorts after their leader Primoz Roglic fell heavily early in the race. They also won three stages even though only four of the eight-rider team made it through to the final stage.

But a third place for British outfit Ineos, with no stage wins, bears a whiff of the end of their era after the 2020 failure was blamed on Egan Bernal’s bad back. The British outfit went into this race with four co-leaders hoping to win an eighth title in ten years.

Wout Van Aert (BEL – Jumbo – Visma)

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 20 RESULTS

1  VAN AERT Wout Team Jumbo-Visma 35:53
2  ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:21
3  VINGEGAARD Jonas Team Jumbo-Visma 0:32
4  KÜNG Stefan Groupama – FDJ 0:38
5  BISSEGGER Stefan EF Education – Nippo 0:44
6  CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:49
7  BJERG Mikkel UAE-Team Emirates 0:52
8  POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 0:57
9  CORT Magnus EF Education – Nippo 1:00
10  VAN BAARLE Dylan INEOS Grenadiers 1:21


OVERALL STANDINGS

1  POGACAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 80:16:59
2  VINGEGAARD Jonas Team Jumbo-Visma 5:20
3  CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers 7:03
4  O’CONNOR Ben AG2R Citroën Team 10:02
5  KELDERMAN Wilco BORA – hansgrohe 10:13
6  MAS Enric Movistar Team 11:43
7  LUTSENKO Alexey Astana – Premier Tech 12:23
8  MARTIN Guillaume Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 15:33
9  BILBAO Pello Bahrain – Victorious 16:04
10  URÁN Rigoberto EF Education – Nippo 18:34

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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