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Stage 20: Game Over (?)

A time trial for Le Tour’s penultimate stage seems almost like a cruel joke, as fresh legs are not exactly the order of the day.  Nevertheless, as the race schedule has been strategically designed this way before, so it happens again– laying out just another test of true endurance.

Stage 20

Stage 20 found a winner in Germany’s Tony Martin, with yet further gain– now approaching eight minutes– for the wearer of le maillot jaune, not to mention France welcoming a not-recently-seen 2-3 Paris podium.  While tomorrow is of course still a competitive day, with all the unexpected that could yet occur, at this point it’s a safe bet to say, with little question:  Game over.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in 2014 Tour de France

 

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Among Individuals.

It’s a solo chase of time, racing against nothing but the clock.  And thus emerges one individual among individuals in such a time trial.  Definitely a different game it is, seeing as yesterday’s winner now finished near last in stage 11.  Today the victorious man– beating Le Tour’s current yellow jersey wearer by a significant 12 seconds– is the defending world time trial champion, Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Tony Martin.

Today’s winner of the first of two Tour de France individual time trials.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France

 

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