Never two without three for Wout van Aert. The Belgian won, this Saturday, the 20th stage of the Tour de France, a time trial between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour, thus offering himself a third stage victory during this edition. And as happiness never comes alone, his teammate Jonas Vingegaard, second, will bring the yellow jersey back to Paris.
As often on the occasion of this Grande Boucle, the Jumbo-Visma has mastered its subject, achieving a symbolic double on this second individual time trial in Rocamadour. True to his status as an all-terrain leader, Wout van Aert crushed the clock from the first sector, at least until his teammate (and leader of the general classification) set off. After finishing second in the first time trial, the green jersey did not shake to erase Filippo Ganna from the shelves, who occupied, before his passage, the head of the provisional classification.
With a 14-second lead over the Italian at the first intermediate point and 24 at the second and third, the Belgian showed disconcerting ease to claim a third stage victory, finishing with an average of 50, 9 km/h. As if his day wasn’t perfect enough already, he was voted the Tour’s super-combative.
Finally 5th in this stage, Ganna was overtaken by the first three in the general classification. First of the latter on the track, Geraint Thomas kept pace with the leader for a long time before collapsing somewhat on the last climb and finishing more than 30 seconds behind Wout van Aert. On the ropes without seeming able to win, Tadej Pogacar ranked 4th 27 seconds behind van Aert and 8 from Vingegaard.
The holy grail for Vingegaard
Jonas Vingegaard can (finally) exult. Despite a slight scare on the last descent, the Dane made sure to bring the yellow jersey back to the Champs-Elysées. Impressive in the first two thirds of the race, still in the lead at the third intermediate point, he quickly swept away the tiny hopes of UAE and Pogacar, before releasing in the last meters, to savor his masterpiece and offer the victory to his teammate.
Surgical at Granon, pragmatic afterwards, responding to each of the Slovenian’s offensives in the Pyrenees, Vingegaard did not steal his success and will finish with more than 3 min 30 ahead of his first pursuer in the standings.
David Gaudu, although overtaken on the road by Geraint Thomas this Saturday, will finish 4th and first Frenchman, 13 min 56 behind Vingegaard, 5 min 43 behind Geraint Thomas and 2 min 41 ahead of Alexsandr Vlasov, 5th ahead of Nairo Quintana. Romain Bardet is 7th overall. After three weeks of effort, the last survivors are expected in Paris on Sunday, for the epilogue of this 109th edition.