Even more on the king of the mountains: “If Carapaz and Pogacar end up tied on KOM points after today,” writes Jeremy Rigsby. “There is still a Cat 4 climb on tomorrow’s stage in Paris, with a point available to the first rider at the top. So it would be interesting.
Slowest in the clubhouse: Mitchelton-Scott runner Jack Bauer has been the slowest runner of the day so far, 1:07:53, a second under 10 minutes than Remi Cavagna.
Learn more about the king of the mountains: The riders are timed on the final climb and points are awarded to the fastest six: 10, 8, six, 4, 2 and 1. If at the end of the game today, Richard Carapaz and Tadej Pogacar are tied on points (Carapaz currently leads two), the Ecuadorian will win the jersey because he was first of two Except category climbs, compared to that of Pogacar.
How things are going: The stage favorites have not yet started, while Remi Cavagna is the leader with 57min 54sec. 90 runners have started the course, 52 have completed it so far and 56 are still to go.
13 h 55
Cavagna breaks the hour: The Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, Remi Cavagna, is the first of the riders to finish within the hour, with a time of 57min 54sec.
A new time to beat: Nils Politt, of the Start-Up Nation of Israel, deviates almost a minute from Chevalier’s time, returning home in 1 h 00 min 59 s. Who will be the first to interrupt an hour?
Caleb Ewan changes his bike: Third in the GC but already with two stage victories under his belt on this year’s Tour, the Australian switches from his time trial bike to a road bike before embarking on the final climb.
Step 20 is to go: This year at Lanterne Rouge, Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal) was the first of 146 runners to descend the ramp, followed by his teammates Frederik Frison and Caleb Ewan at 30 seconds intervals. Almost six hours behind Primoz Roglic, the race leader in the general classification, Kluge will need a big effort today to challenge the Slovenian. We suspect, like many competitors, that this will be a fairly leisurely cycle along today’s route. While latecomers leave the starter’s hut every 90 seconds, the last 74 will exit every two minutes.
11 h 57
Recap of step 19
Stage 20: Lure to La Planche de Belles Filles (36.2km)