The final time trial of the Tour de France in Rocamadour, “a time trial for Wout van Aert”, according to Philippe Louviot

Philippe Louviot (French champion on the road in 1990) “These are roads that I know very well (he owns a restaurant in Saint-Céré, in the Lot). I’m surprised that they pass by there because the roads are very tortuous in the first part of the course, there is not a super bitumen until Aynac (km 10). Then they will turn left towards the Château de Saignes (km 14): this is where I advise spectators to position themselves, there is a beautiful false flat rising from where you can see the runners arriving from afar. No major difficulty to report then, a few long straight lines then a more hilly end of the route up to Rocamadour. Before starting the final climb of Hospitalet (km 40), they will take a beautiful descent, quite technical, with a magnificent view of the city.

“A fairly difficult time all the same, especially since they are all broken after three weeks. »

It’s a pretty tough time all the same, especially since they’re all broken after three weeks. But for me, there is no photo, it’s a time for Wout van Aert. After what he showed in the Pyrenees, he’s going to be the big favourite. If he had done the sprint yesterday (Friday), he could have won the last three stages of the Tour, because he will also be the favorite on the Champs-Élysées. Apart from the final climb, there is no great difficulty, but it is still very demanding, with a lot of changes in direction. At the start of the Tour, I would have bet on a pure rider like Stefan Bissegger or Stefan Küng, but given Van Aert’s form, he will be on top.

Forty time limits at the end of the Tour is far from being anecdotal, but it obviously won’t be enough for Tadej Pogacar to overthrow the Tour. Even if he was only a minute late, it wouldn’t have done. Jonas Vingegaard is a hell of a roller too, he has already proven that he is up to Pogacar. We cannot compare this time to that of the Planche des Belles Filles two years ago: there was a real climb, it was conducive to failure. There, it is not difficult enough. The gap should have been much smaller, around thirty seconds at most, for the Yellow Jersey to change hands on the eve of Paris. But it’s good to give long lap times at the end of the Tour. In my day, we did 80 kilometer team time trials! »


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