Today’s times …
While it would be a pleasure to have your company for the entirety of today’s stage, the big-hitters in terms of General Classification won’t be going out for another three hours. Roglic’s Jumbo-Visma team-mate Wout van Aert is in 20th place on General Classification and is due to set off at 3.36pm (BST). Roglic is due to go at 4.14pm (BST), two minutes after his compatriot Tadej Pogacar.
Stage 20 is go: This year’s Lanterne Rouge, Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal) was the first of the 146 riders to roll down the ramp, followed by his team-mates Frederik Frison and Caleb Ewan at 30-second intervals. Almost six hours behind Primoz Roglic, the race leader on General Classification, Kluge will need a big effort today if he is to challenge the Slovenian. One suspects, like many of the competitors, his will be a fairly leisurely cycle along today’s course. While the stragglers are leaving the starter’s hut every 30 seconds, the final 74 will go out every two minutes.
Denmark’s Søren Kragh Andersen won the stage, while Primoz Roglic ticked off another stage amid ongoing controversy surrounding his team boss Merijn Zeeman’s expulsion from the Tour.
From William Fotheringham’s stage-by-stage guide: Time was the Tour had up to 120km of time trials but that has been whittled down to create more exciting racing for television. A steep uphill finish like this one should confirm what we’ve seen on the climbs in the past few days; France will be praying for a good Tour from Pinot, whose home village of Melisey features early on today.