For some riders, stage 19 was a pre-time trial rest day, but the battle for the green jersey caused another day of excitement. Sunweb's Søren Kragh Andersen went solo in the finalé for his second Tour stage win after his stage 14 victory. The GC men rode home at their leisure to stay in the same positions.
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Stage 18 was billed as the hardest day of the 2020 Tour de France and it was the INEOS-Grenadiers team who gave the mountains a good shake. Carapaz and Kwiatkowski made the break and then team time trialed to the finish. The top ten had some changes, but Roglič, Pogačar and López kept their podium places.
Another exciting Tour stage with a nail-biting climax on the Col de la Loze. Miguel Ángel López put in the final attack on the final leg breaking ramps, the yellow jersey, Primoz Roglič tried to go with him and took lengths from second placed Tadej Pogačar. That's how they finished and Lopez jumped to third overall.
The first day of the final week was not one for the GC men as the break of the day went all the way to the finish as Lennard Kämna soloed to the line a minute and a half ahead of 2019 Giro d'Italia winner, Richard Carapaz. The GC men finished together, although Nairo Quintana lost a little time. Egan Bernal lost a lot.
As we embark on the final week of the 2020 Tour de France, Ed Hood looks at the action so far. Sunday's stage 15 ended a few hopes, but the race is not over yet and the battle of the Slovenians is still on, with a couple of Colombians and Adam Yates waiting in the wings.
Continuing with Ed Hood's series of 'English speaking' Tour de France pioneers, Ed moves onto Derek Harrison. Sadly Harrison died in May, 2018 in his adopted home of France, but his pro career spanned the 60s and 70s and include many top wins and two appearances in the French Grand Tour.
On the final climb of the day, the Grand Colombier, the 2020 Tour de France was probably decided. Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana lost their hold on the lead group driven by the super-strong Jumbo-Visma team. At the end of the stage; Tadej Pogačar was first over the summit ahead of Primoz Roglič and Richie Porte.
A day that was blown apart by BORA-hansgrohe to rid the peloton of the sprinters for Peter Sagan to gain points. In the end, after many attacks, it was a move by Søren Kragh Andersen with 3km to go that won the day. Primoz Roglič kept the yellow jersey on his shoulders.
Another day of excitement on the 2020 Tour de France with two battles on the final Summit of the day. At the front it was Dani Martinez vs Lennard Kämna. Behind; Primoz Roglič and Tadej Pogačar took on the GC contenders. This Tour is getting a new shape...