Today’s phase favourites
Primoz Roglic is the favorite to gain today’s time demo, but may possibly not have it all his have way. His group-mates Wout van Aert and Tom Dumoulin are also fancied to do very well, whilst Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) could also locate on their own in the combine. Kwiatkowski is 29th on GC and will be the initial of that quintet to go in opposition to the clock right now at three.18pm (BST) and should established a good time to beat.
Today’s times …
When it would be a satisfaction to have your firm for the entirety of today’s phase, the significant-hitters in phrases of Standard Classification will not be likely out for a further a few several hours. Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma group-mate Wout van Aert is in 20th put on Standard Classification and is owing to established off at three.36pm (BST). Roglic is owing to go at four.14pm (BST), two minutes right after his compatriot Tadej Pogacar.
Phase twenty is go: This year’s Lanterne Rouge, Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal) was the initial of the 146 riders to roll down the ramp, followed by his group-mates Frederik Frison and Caleb Ewan at 30-second intervals. Nearly six several hours guiding Primoz Roglic, the race leader on Standard Classification, Kluge will will need a significant effort and hard work right now if he is to challenge the Slovenian. A single suspects, like quite a few of the competition, his will be a rather leisurely cycle along today’s class. When the stragglers are leaving the starter’s hut just about every 90 seconds, the last 74 will go out just about every two minutes.
Phase 19 recap
Denmark’s Søren Kragh Andersen won the phase, whilst Primoz Roglic ticked off a further phase amid ongoing controversy bordering his group boss Merijn Zeeman’s expulsion from the Tour.
Phase twenty: Lure to La Planche de Belles Filles (36.2km)
From William Fotheringham’s phase-by-phase guideline: Time was the Tour experienced up to 120km of time trials but that has been whittled down to build more remarkable racing for television. A steep uphill finish like this just one should affirm what we have viewed on the climbs in the past few times France will be praying for a good Tour from Pinot, whose residence village of Melisey attributes early on right now.