16:38: And it’s all over, GERMAN TONY MARTIN TAKES THE TIME TRIAL STAGE VICTORY as expected, and potentially gets his last blaze of glory before tomorrow’s final stage. Vincenzo Nibali won’t be breaking a sweat over this, as he still retains a lead time of 7’52” in the General Classification.
Time trial stage 20 final results:
16:32: Vincenzo Nibali looks surprisingly relaxed as he breezes down the course, dressed head-to-knee in yellow.
16:12: Leopold König storms over the line to take fourth place with a very strong time.
15:41: stage 20 current standings:
1. T.MARTIN – 1h 06’21”
2. T.DUMOULIN – +1’39”
3. J.BARTA – +1’47”
4. S.CHAVANEL +2’36”
5. M.IRIZAR +2’39”
6. D.OSS +2’58”
7. D.PATE +3’01”
8. M.ELMIGER 3’12”
9. M.BODNAR 3’13”
10. S.TUFT 3’23”
15:11: Tejay Van Garderen sets off and is one of the riders who will pose a threat to the position-holders in this stage.
14:52: Tony Martin sits comfortably in first place with a time of 48’03’99. The standings look like this at present:
1. T.MARTIN – 48’03”
2. T.DUMOULIN – +59”
3. J.BARTA – +1’28”
14:32: Taking a step back to admire the conditioning of the cyclists – it’s in incredibly hot day today in Bergerac, and the riders are building up a sweat just warming up, and let’s not forget this is after 19 stages of racing. Hats off.
14:05: 58/11 gear ratio! That’s what Tony Martin is having for breakfast today as he puts in some incredibly big pedals. The german has just come through the first checkpoint, taking 35 seconds from the lead already. He looks like a superhuman-spaceman as he shoots across the course in all white, bent over in an extreme aero position.
13:47: Tony Martin is on his way, with a very fancy-looking bike that looks faster than a concorde. Not just using the advantage of his aerodynamic two-wheeler, Martin is a seasoned TTer. His previous accomplishments include winning the time trial in the 2011 UCI world championships. Here he is warming up pre-race today:
13.38: Dordogne, where today’s stage from Bergerac to Périgueux takes place, is looking absolutely stunning today, with it’s characteristic green landscape scattered with wholesome, hearty-looking trees and bushes. Here’s a nice photo of the Dordogne River:
13.33: Joaquin Rodriguez sets off on today’s rolling course, looking fairly relaxed as he settles into the undulating course. At this early point in the time trial, Nelson Oliveira is in front with Maciej Bodnar in second.
13.11: Greg Lemond is at the stage breaking down the course for Eurosport, now there’s a cyclist who has seen a fair share of Tour de France highs and lows…
13.00: Hello and welcome to ProBikeKit’s live coverage of the Tour de France 2014 time trial, Andre Greipel is warming up on the turbo trainer and looking strong in his full red Lotto gear, this is a stage where anything can happen. GC standings can change, underdogs can gain massive amounts of time and strong riders can also lose valuable minutes.
Here’s a quick run down of Saturday’s route from Bergerac to Périgueux:
Check back here on Saturday 26th July for live coverage of stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France.