Saturday July 26th, 2014

Stage 20Bergerac / Périgueux

Start 10h10 (Local time)

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While Vincenzo's first victory in the Tour de France was already almost certain, France claimed back some of its past glory by placing two men on the race podium for the first time in 30 years after Saturday's final time trial in Perigueux, won by Tony Martin. The German's success was as predictable as Nibali's triumph yet the medal spots were up for grabs and Jean-Christophe Peraud used his experience and «rouleur» skills to clinch a runner-up spot while Thibaut Pinot...

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Best young rider.

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"More or less, I knew what was going on. I was informed of the gaps to my rivals. I was aware all the way long that I was losing the podium. I've tried to do well but my body responded ‘no'. During the last week, I've suffered the difficult weather conditions we've endured. The rain and cold have taken me down. When you give it all, you can't have regrets. I feel sorry for my fans that I'm not on the final podium. I also would have liked to be there. But I'm happy. Fourth of the Tour de...

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Second overall, JEan-Christophe Perayd was over the moon on the finish line.

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Ousted of the top 5 by Tejay Van Garderen by two seconds after a puncture, France's Romain Bardet was extremely frustrated on the finish line.

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Die Stunde der Wahrheit

Das abschließende Zeitfahren der Tour de France gehört zu den spannenden Höhepunkten der Radsportsaison. Dies ist häufig in verschiedenerlei Hinsicht der Fall, und auch heute gibt es unterschiedliche Ziele und Entscheidungen. Für den Etappensieg gilt wohl Tony Martin als Favorit, da er dreifacher Weltmeister in der Disziplin ist. Die blendende Form, die er bei seiner siegreichen Ausfahrt nach Mulhouse an den Tag gelegt hat, darf ihm die Zuversicht geben, heute einen neuerlichen Erfolg bei...

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Luke Durbridge - A mini-goal for each day

Luke Durbridge (OGE) is about to complete his first Tour de France. He should be on his terrain in today's 54-km time trial between Bergerac and Perigueux.

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Slightly eclipsed by the race for the Top 5, Team Belkin achieved a formidable team performance in this Tour de France with three riders in the Top 15 in the GC before the final time-trial.

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Two seats for three pretenders

Out of the three best time trialists of the current era, Bradley Wiggins hasn't started the Tour de France, Fabian Cancellara has pulled out, so Tony Martin is the only one remaining. The world champion is a natural favourite for stage 20 from Bergerac to Périgueux on a distance of 54 kilometres, which is pretty long compared to what the riders have had to race against the clock in the most recent Tours. The German has already bagged a worthy stage victory in Mulhouse but he's for sure...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:38Top 5 in the stage

Top 5 in the stage:

  1. Tony Martin (OPQ) One hour and 6:21
  2. Tom Dumoulin (GIA) 1:39
  3. Jan Barta (TNE) 1:47
  4. Vincenzo Nibali (AST) 1:58
  5. Leopold Konig (TNE) 2:02
17:37Tony Martin wins stage 20

Tony Martin won stage 20 of the Tour de France, his second stage win on this Tour.

17:36Nibali 4th in the stage

Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali (AST) finished 4th, 1:58 behind Tony Martin.

17:34Pinot 11th and on the podium

The FDJ rider finished 3:12 behind Tony Martin but retains a podium spot in third place.

17:31Sixth fastest for Peraud

The veteran Frenchman, in spite of his puncture, finishes 6th in the stage, 2:27 behind Tony Martin and now looks set to take the second place overall.

17:29Disappointing Valverde

An exhausted Alejandro Valverde finsihed 4:28 behind Tony Martin.

17:27Bardet out of the top 5

The Frenchman finished 2:09 behind Tejay Van Garderen and lose his fifth place overall for two seconds.

17:22Bardet also punctures

After Jean-Christophe Peraud, Romain Bardet also punctured!

17:21Van Gardren 5th fastest

The American (BMC) finished 2:08 slower than Tony Martin.

17:18Pinot at kilometer 39

The Frenchman has lost 24 seconds on Jean-Christophe Peraud, ideally placed to take the second place while the FDJ.fr rider would be in third place overall.

17:16Valverde keeps losing time

After 39 km, the Spaniard is 28 seconds slower than Romain Bardet.

17:15Only 20 seconds left for Bardet

After 39 km, Romain Bardet retains 20 seconds over Tejay Van Garderen in the virtual GC.

17:04Puncture for Peraud

Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM), who had crashed last year in the final time trial, remains unlucky. He punctured with 20 kms to go!

16:53Nibali 9th at the first intermediate

The Italian yellow jersey holder is 9th, 48 seconds behind Tony Martin. 

16:51Thibaut Pinot ahead of Valverde

The white jersey holder is 25 seconds behind Jean-Christophe Peraud after 19 km but 58 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde. The virutal podium right now sees Peraud in second place and Pinot in third. 

16:47Peraud 6th fastest at the first mark

Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) clocked the 6th fastest time after 19 km, 42 seconds behind Tony Martin.

16:45Valverde slower than Bardet

Alejandro Valverde (MOV) clocked a disappointing 41st time after 19 km in 25:23, four seconds slower than Romain Bardet.

16:43Ten Dam on course to become first Dutchman

After 19 km, Laurens Ten Dam is 25 seconds faster than team-mate and compatriot Bauke Mollema. He is virtually the first Dutchman overall, leading Mollema by 6 seconds in the GC.

16:41Bardet one minute behind Van Garderen

The Frenchman is exactly 59 seconds slower than Tejay Van Garderen after 19 km. Bardet trails the American by 2:07 overall.

16:34Dumoulin: "Satisfied if I stay second"

Dutch champion Tom Dumoulin, currently 2nd, said : 'It was long and hard, especially after three weeks. I'm satisfied if I stay second for Tony Martin is at another level. On such a long time trial, it's impossible for me to beat him. The descents are rather fast and last only two or there minutes while the ascents last more then ten minutes."

16:30Chavanel 4th fastest

French champion Sylvain Chavanel clocks an interesting time, 2:36 behind Tony Martin.

16:28Nibali just started

The big battle has now started as Vincenzo Nibali has gone for his 54-km titme trial.

16:16Dumoulin second fastest

Dutch champion Tom Dumoulin (GIA) sets the second fastest time in Perigueux, 1:39 behind Tony Martin. He leads Jan Barta (TNE) by eight seconds.

16:13Van Garderen on his way

The battle for the top 5 has started in the same time as Tejay Van Garderen, who trails Romain Badet (ALM) by seven seconds in the overall standings.

16:11Martin: "Don't know who can go faster"

Leader Tony Martin (OPQ) told France Television he was confident about his result but urged to wait for Vincenzo Nibali to complete the course: "I felt quite good actually, I thought I was more tired. I managed to keep a good tempo from start to finish, I didn't falter, I'm glad about my performance. As I said before, if someone can go faster than me, I don't know who it is. Perhaps Nibali? Sometimes, the yellow jersey gives you that extra power and speed so let's wait for him to finish....

16:04Zubeldia out for a 5th top 10

The veteran Spanish rider, taking part in his 13th Tour de France, already made the top 10 four times in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2012.

16:02Now for the top 10

Haimar Zubeldia (TFR) has just started. The ten best placed riders in this Tour will now start every three minutes.

15:58Tom Dumoulin still in the pace

After 39 kilometres, the Dutch TT champion is stil second fastest, 59 seconds behind the untouchable Tony Martin.

15:50Tom Dumoulin 2nd after 19 km

The Dutch TT champion set the second fastest mark at the first intermediate, 33 seconds slower than Tony Martin.  

15:46Fastest time for Martin

The German world champion, as expected, is the fastest on the line in 1:06:21 at an average speed of 48.8 kph. He lead Jan Barta (TNE) by 1:48.

15:37Julien Jurdie: "An aggressive course"

Interviewed by France Televisions, AG2R team director Julien Jurdie said: "The podium is at stake this afternoon for Jean-Christophe Peraud and the Top 5 for Romain Bardet. It's the big day to secure those places. There's pressure but it's good pressure. We checked the course all together yesterday in a car. It's an aggressive course, with little time to recuperate. It's hard but Jean-Christophe is a big warrior. Let's hope everything will be fine."

15:31Martin fastest after 48 km

The German world champion beat Jan Barta's time at that stage by 1:28

15:29The Martin express now catches Purito

After Rudy Molard and Daniel Oss, Tiny Martin has now overtaken Joaquim Rodriguez, who started six minutes ahead of him

15:27Jan Barta : « A little too fast in the first part »

Interviewed in Perigueux by letour.fr, the NetApp rider talked about his feelings on the course: “When I crossed the line and I saw the number one, it's a very special feeling.But I also heard that Tony Martin was faster than me in the intermediate times. You must wait for the others to finish. I rode a god time trial but I was a little bit too fast in the first part.”

15:17Irizar second best

Markel Irizar (TFR) set the second fastest time, 52 seconds behind Barta.

15:05Martin leads the way at kilometre 19

Tony Martin (OPQ) set the fastest time at kilometre 19 with a 35 seconds lead over Jan Barta

15:02Martin overtakes Molard

Tony Martin overtook Rudy Molard (COF), who started two minutes ahead of me.

15:00Barta fastest

Czech Jan Barta (TNE) beat Danny Pate's time after 48 km by 1:14. The most aggressive rider in stage 3 clocked 1:08.08.

14:50Majka on his way

Rafal Majka, the best climber in this Tour, has just started.

14:45De Marchi is the most aggressive rider of the Tour

Alessandro De Marchi is in action now. He has been awarded the “super combative” price for the most aggressive rider of the whole 2014 Tour de France thanks to his five escapes, mostly in the mountains.

14:38Portuguese champion in the provisional top 5

Nelson Oliveira (Lampre) has set a good time: he's fourth behind Danny Pate, Maciej Bodnar and Svein Tuft. Luke Durbridge is in fith position for now.

14:34AG2R in the lead, Dutch duel for 7th place

AG2R-La Mondiale is most probably going to be the first French team to win the teams' classification of the Tour de France in the 21st century. They lead with an enormous advantage of 28.33 over Belkin Pro Cycling whose two top riders Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam are separated by 19 seconds only. So they'll be another duel for the first Dutch rider of the Tour de France but it shouldn't affect the teams' classification anyway.

14:31Tony Martin near the starting ramp

World champion and hot favorite Tony Martin has completed his warm-up. He's ready to take position on the starting ramp. He's due to take off at 14.39.

14:22Good start for Jan Barta

Czech national champion Jan Barta has set a new best time at the first time check: 14.15

14:1860 riders left

The last sixty riders are yet to start the time trial.

14:16Sagan in action

Peter Sagan has taken the start. He's riding in the streets of Bergerac.

14:10In 1994, Indurain rode at 50.539km/h

Today's time trial is also an homage to Miguel Indurain who won a time trial from Périgueux to Bergerac in 1994, so it was the other way round. It was also on a longer distance: 64km. The Spaniard rode in two minutes less than runner up Tony Rominger, at an average speed of 50.539km/h. Danny Pate's performance, the best so far today, is 46.70km/h.

14:04Ji Cheng is not last

Luca Paolini has set the slowest time so far: 1.18.49, 17 seconds down on Ji Cheng...

13:56Bodnar second best time so far

Danny Pate (Sky) keeps leading the provisional ranking. Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale) is now 2nd, 12 seconds down on the American who was the U23 world champion for time trial in 2001.

13:27Third best time for Durbo

Luke Durbridge has scored the third best time at the finish so far, 37 seconds down on Danny Pate.

13:23Svein Tuft: «It feels like you are climbing all the time»

Questioned by letour.fr after his ride, the “lanterne rouge” of the 2013 Tour de France and first leader of the 2014 Giro d'Italia said: “It's stage 20 of the Tour de France, so I'm actually really happy to still be able to push, for the last place or whatever. I have the energy to finish. I've never had to go that deep at the end of a three-week race. Compared to last year, I'm doing so much better this time around. That means I'm still developing at this age (37). The course felt...

13:042nd time for Svein Tuft

Svein Tuft finished the time-trial in 1h09'44'', 22 seconds more than Dany Pate, still leader.

12:52Ji Cheng: "I felt the pain and I slowed down"

Questioned by letour.fr at the end of his time trial, Ji Cheng, the first Chinese cyclist poised to complete the Tour de France tomorrow said: “In the first part of the course, I felt ok today. But from the second small hill onwards, I felt the pain in my legs. It was heavier and heavier, so I had to slow down, otherwise it could have hurt me and handicapped me in the future. I've had this pain for one week already. It goes from the left side of my left knee to my hip. I've been fighting...

12:41Twenty riders at the finish

Danny Pate still in the lead with Vladimir Isaychev 2.12 behind.

12:26Danny Pate in the lead

Danny Pate has the best time of the first ten riders on the line: 1.09.22. His average speed is 46.70km/h.

12:09Cimolai the first rider to cross the line soon

The Italian sets the first best time: 1.15.17

11:57Pinot leads over Bardet

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) will be the second last starter at 16.24. He has 2.17 lead over Romain Bardet who is supposed to be less of a time trialist than him.

11:52Ji caught with 13km to go

Davide Cimolai overtakes Ji Cheng 13km before the finishing line in Périgueux.

11:39Navardauskas on the starting ramp

Yesterday's sensation Ramunas Navardauskas is on the starting ramp. He is the current Lithuanian national champion for time trial. This year, he has made the top ten of three races against the clock: at Critérium International (6th), at Circuit de la Sarthe (3rd) where he won the overall ranking, and the prologue of the Tour de Romandie (9th), all on short distances.

11:23Ji still opens the road

After the first time check at km 19, Ji Cheng is still the first rider on the road. Davide Cimolai started two minutes after him and rode that first part 37 seconds faster than the Chinese.

11:20Majka at 14.49

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) will ride in the polka dot jersey, starting at 14.49. He has to make the time cut (25% of the winner's time) to keep his lead as there's only one point left in the KOM competition tomorrow and he has 13 more points than runner up Vincenzo Nibali.

11:12Sagan is afraid to crash in green

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) will ride in the green jersey, starting at 14.15. Mathematically, he has won the points classification but he doesn't want to take it for granted until he crosses the finish line on the Champs-Elysées safely. His crash yesterday reminded him that there's always a possibility to miss out on a highly expected success. 85 points are still up for grab until the very end of the Tour, so there'll be a fight for second place tomorrow between Bryan Coquard and Alexander...

11:11Two intermediate check points

The riders will be officially timed at Beleymas, km 19, and Font-de-Maux, km 39.

11:03Nibali on the starting ramp at 16.27

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will start last at 16.27. He has a huge advantage of 7.10 over Thibaut Pinot who will fight for the podium against Jean-Christophe Péraud and Alejandro Valverde. The three pretenders are within 15 seconds. An interesting duel will take place behind them for the fifth place overall: Romain Bardet has a margin of 2.07 over time trial specialist Tejay van Garderen.

10:56Ji Cheng on the road

Ji Cheng is on the road. He's not exactly a time trial specialist but he aims at finishing today's race inside the time, probably within 17 minutes behind the winner, in order to become the first Chinese rider to start and complete the Tour de France.

10:46Ji Cheng opens the road

The "lanterne rouge" Ji Cheng is the first rider to start, at 10.51.

10:43Welcome

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