The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders saved their legs in today’s time trial in order to be fresh and ready to fight for glory in the expected bunch sprint on Sunday.
The 22.5 kilometers against the clock in the streets of Marseille were set to be a fight between the pure time trial specialists and the riders fighting for the overall podium and that is exactly how it ended up.
Maciej Bodnar (BORA-hansgrohe) took the stage win as the Pole narrowly beat his fellow countryman Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) by one second. Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished third and thereby kept the yellow jersey before the final stage in Paris tomorrow. Serge Pauwels is 19th overall.
For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka the most important thing today was to save energy and avoid any accidents. Stage 21 is a good opportunity for Edvald Boasson Hagne to fight for victory once more. The strong Norwegian has finished fourth on Champs-Élysées the last two years. He’s now very eager to get in the mix again and see if he can take his second stage win in three days.