Tour de France stage 20 Pogačar claims the yellow jersey
Slovenian wins the time trial and heads to Paris in yellow. The UAE-Team Emirates pulled back a 57-second difference to Roglic on stage 20s time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.
Roglic held the yellow for 13 days, now Pogacar is 59 seconds ahead.
Tadej Pogačar turned his dream into reality in the 20th stage of the Grande Boucle, the 36.2 km time trial from Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles (a 6 km climb at 8.4% average gradient), setting the best time of the day and stealing the yellow jersey from fellow countryman Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).
With a stunning performance, the UAE Team Emirates leader stopped the clock with a time of 55’55” (average 38.844 km/h), 1’21” better than Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) and 1’56” better than Primoz Roglic, projecting himself to the top of the general classification with a 59” advantage on the former leader of the race.
Pogačar had recently beaten Roglic in a time trial with a similar course to that of today already in the last Slovenian national championship.
The new yellow jersey is also the leader of the youth rankings and is back at the top of the ranking of the best climbers.
Pogačar: “I’m dreaming. I am very proud of this jersey that repays all the efforts made by the team up to this last phenomenal push to put me in yellow. I dreamed of winning this Tour since I was a boy and now it has come true.
I must say that the credit is not only mine, but of all the members of UAE Team Emirates and the sponsors who support us. We had come here to the TT for a reconnaissance, so I knew what we were going to do and I knew where to accelerate and where to manage the effort: today I only had to think about pushing hard from start to finish.
During the time trial I felt that I was going strong and this spurred me even more.
My dream as a cyclist was to participate in the Tour de France, winning it definitely goes further”.
Tomorrow will be the final stage, 122 km from Mantes la Jolie to Paris.
General classification after stage 20
1 - Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) 84hrs 26mins 33secs
2 - Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +59secs
3 - Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +3mins 30secs
4 - Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +5mins 58secs
5 - Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +6mins 07secs
6 - Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +6mins 47secs
7 - Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +7mins 48secs
8 - Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +8mins 02secs
9 - Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +9mins 25secs
10 - Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain McLaren) +14mins 03secs
Stage 20 result
1 - Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) 55mins 55secs
2 - Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 21secs
3 - Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) Same time
4 - Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo Visma) +1min 31secs
5 - Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 56secs
6 - Remi Cavagna (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +1min 59secs
7 - Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain McLaren) +2mins 29secs
8 - David de la Cruz (Spa/UAE Team Emirates) +2mins 40secs
9 - Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +2mins 45secs
10 - Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +2mins 54secs