19/09/2020 – Tour de France 2020 – Stage 20 – Lure/ La Planche des Belles Filles (36,2 km CLM)
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) rode to Tour de France overall victory as he smashed all his rivals in the individual time trial to La Planche des belles filles, also besting Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) who was predicted to be the eventual winner of the 107th edition.
“I was happy with the second place and now I’m here with the yellow jersey,” said Pogacar. “I don’t know what to say, it’s unbelievable. I’m really proud of the team. They did such a big effort over three weeks. I feel sorry for Primoz Roglic. He had done a very good Tour de France so far, he was superior during the whole Tour de France, his team did an amazing job and he had a bad day today.”
Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rounded out the stage podium, meaning a move to the final podium as well for the latter.
Tom Dumoulin an Almost Win Before Pogacar Arrives
Cavagna remained in the lead when the top riders entered in action. Local rider Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) set a provisional sixth best time that pleased the enormous crowd. After two hours and 53 minutes on the hot seat, Cavagna was ousted by Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
The main fight for the yellow jersey between the two Slovenians turned to the advantage of Pogacar who already outclassed Roglic after the first 14 km on the flat terrain. The youngest of the two showed he was faster at all time checks and became the virtual leader of the Tour de France at half way into the ascent to La Planche des belles filles.