Tour de France #20: Explosive final stage before Paris

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won stage 20 of the Tour de France, being the lone survivor from the big early break of the day. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finished in 2nd place and Mikel Landa (Movistar) placed 3rd.

Stage 20 of the Tour de France was shortened to just 59km, once again due to landslides affecting the originally planned route. The altered route saw a relatively flat run into the foot of the 33km Val Thorens climb.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka started the stage strongly as Ben King and Steve Cummings jumped into the big early break. They were able to reach the start of the final climb with a lead of 2’30” but behind, Team Jumbo Visma set a high pace from the peloton.

The uphill gradient was tackled with speed, both from the break and peloton, and so riders were continually being distanced, until it was just Nibali remaining up the road from a select group of GC contenders.

Our Roman Kreuziger was not on the best of day’s but he was able to count on Michael Valgren, Ben King and Steve Cummings getting him to the line. Nibali was able to hang on to take the stage win, as Bernal safely held onto the yellow jersey.

Kreuziger lost some time today but he only conceded one place on the overall GC and will head to Paris in 16th place overall.

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