Tour de France 2018 Recap and Results: Stage 20

Dumoulin wins the stage by a second

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

Britain’s Geraint Thomas virtually secured his maiden Tour de France triumph after finishing third in the
penultimate stage time trial in the Basque country on Saturday. “I don’t know what to say. It’s just overwhelming,” said Thomas, who finished 14 seconds behind stage winner Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb on the last real test of the race before Sunday’s final stage to Paris. “I didn’t think about winning the Tour de France for the whole race and suddenly… I’ve won the Tour, man! I can’t speak. It’s just incredible.”It was stressful. I believed I could beat the guys here,” he added. “It was the biggest stage of all over three weeks. It’s wonderful!”

Thomas, of Team Sky, held a 2:05 overnight lead on Dutch rival Dumoulin (Sunweb) ahead of the 31km race against the clock from Saint-Pee-Sur-Nivelle to Espelette. Dumoulin is the world time trial champion, and he stayed true to form by powering over the technical course in a time of 40:50 to leave Thomas14 seconds in arrears. But it was only enough to secure his virtual runner-up place in the race, Dumoulin’s second in a Grand Tour this year after he finished runner-up to Chris Froome at the Giro d’Italia in May, but his first on the Tour.

– Skinsuit drama –

He initially thought he had lost by a second, before being told the contrary. “I first heard that I was second by one second but it’s the other way round and it’s crazy,” said Dumoulin, who suffered a mishap when he lost his aerodynamic skinsuit. “I was so nervous this morning. We found out that we lost the skinsuit. Luckily our clothing sponsor is from the Basque country on the Spanish side and they made a new one this morning so I could wear it for racing. “Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to ride in the rainbow colours (for the world champion). “It’s hard to believe that I’ve won this time trial. But it’s fantastic to finish the Tour this way and make the final podium for the first time.”

Froome, the defending and four-time Tour de France champion, produced the second best performance of the day, finishing just one second behind Dumoulin to move back up to third place overall. Froome had been pushed down to fourth, and off the podium, when Primoz Roglic’s attack and consequent stage win in the final day in the mountains Friday left the Kenyan-born Briton struggling. But Slovenian Roglic, of Lotto-Jumbo, failed to follow up his feat on the time trial. He finished seventh at 1:12 behind Dumoulin. “It’s unbelievable,” said Froome. “After yesterday (Friday) I thought it wouldn’t be possible. To be on the podium alongside Geraint is a dream.”

Thomas, who has helped Froome win several of his six Grand Tour titles, celebrated at the end of the stage by jumping into the arms of his wife. “The last time I cried is when I got married,” said Thomas. Barring catastrophe on Sunday, when the peloton rides from Houilles to Paris in festive spirit before the sprinters take over for a battle on the Champs Elysees, Thomas will win Team Sky’s sixth yellow jersey from the last seven editions of the race. Bradley Wiggins won their first, in 2012, while Froome won the race in 2013
and 2015-2017.

Final Stage Results

1. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 31km in 40min 52sec
(average: 46.5 km/h)
2. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) at 1.
3. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 14.
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 50.
5. Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN/SUN) 51.
6. Bob Jungels (LUX/QST) 52.
7. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 1:02.
8. Primoz Roglic (SLO/LNL) 1:12.
9. Marc Soler (ESP/MOV) 1:22.
10. Michael Hepburn (AUS/MIT) 1:23.
11. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 1:26.
12. Stefan Kung (SUI/BMC) 1:26.
13. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 1:31.
14. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/SKY) 1:31.
15. Jon Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 1:41.
16. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 1:45.
17. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 1:49.
18. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 1:50.
19. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 1:50.
20. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 1:52.
21. Daniel Martínez (COL/EFD) 1:52.
22. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 1:56.
23. Chad Haga (USA/SUN) 1:57.
24. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 1:57.
25. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 1:58.
26. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 2:01.
27. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 2:06.
28. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 2:19.
29. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 2:25.

Overall Standings

1. Geraint Thomas (GBR/Sky) 80hr 30min 37sec
2. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) at 1:51.
3. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 2:24.
4. Primoz Roglic (SLO/LNL) 3:22.
5. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 6:08.
6. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 6:57.
7. Mikel Landa (ESP/MOV) 7:37.
8. Daniel Martin (IRL/EAU) 9:05.
9. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 12:37.
10. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 14:18.
11. Bob Jungels (LUX/QST) 16:32.
12. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 19:16.
13. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 22:13.
14. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 27:26.
15. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 27:52.
16. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 34:28.
17. Warren Barguil (FRA/FST) 37:06.
18. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 39:08.
19. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 39:18.
20. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 42:31.
21. Guillaume Martin (FRA/WGG) 44:18.
22. Jon Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 44:51.
23. Mikel Nieve (ESP/MIT) 49:19.
24. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 49:24.
25. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 49:45.
26. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 1 h 04:59.
27. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EFD) 1 h 08:39.
28. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 1 h 10:14.
29. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 1 h 17:05.
30. Lilian Calmejane (FRA/DEN) 1 h 18:09.
31. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 1 h 21:13.
32. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 1 h 22:35.
33. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/QST) 1 h 27:38.
34. David Gaudu (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 29:31.
35. Julien Bernard (FRA/TRE) 1 h 31:56.
36. Daniel Martínez (COL/EFD) 1 h 38:14.
37. Antwan Tolhoek (NED/LNL) 1 h 39:01.
38. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 1 h 47:17.
39. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 47:36.
40. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/EAU) 1 h 48:06.
41. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 50:08.
42. Maxime Bouet (FRA/FST) 1 h 57:44.
43. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 1 h 58:24.
44. Michael Andersen (DEN/AST) 1 h 58:38.
45. Amaël Moinard (FRA/FST) 1 h 59:14.
46. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 2 h 00:08.
47. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/COF) 2 h 00:30.
48. Daryl Impey (RSA/MIT) 2 h 00:53.
49. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 2 h 02:08.
50. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 2 h 05:38.
51. Laurens ten Dam (NED/SUN) 2 h 05:52.
52. Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN/SUN) 2 h 06:23.
53. Stefan Kung (SUI/BMC) 2 h 07:14.
54. Thomas Degand (BEL/WGG) 2 h 09:30.
55. Omar Fraile (ESP/AST) 2 h 09:44.
56. Mathias Frank (SUI/ALM) 2 h 09:59.
57. Jesper Hansen (DEN/AST) 2 h 10:03.
58. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 2 h 12:59.
59. Tom Slagter (NED/DDT) 2 h 13:34.
60. Franco Pellizotti (ITA/BAH) 2 h 16:21.
61. Pavel Kochetkov (RUS/KAT) 2 h 17:52.
62. Marc Soler (ESP/MOV) 2 h 18:27.
63. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 2 h 20:24.
64. Marco Minnaard (NED/WGG) 2 h 20:31.
65. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 2 h 24:17.
66. Oliver Naesen (BEL/ALM) 2 h 29:36.
67. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 2 h 32:02.
68. Magnus Nielsen (DEN/AST) 2 h 32:26.
69. Darwin Atapuma (COL/EAU) 2 h 34:52.
70. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/SKY) 2 h 36:06.
71. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 2 h 38:08.
72. Chad Haga (USA/SUN) 2 h 39:40.
73. Romain Sicard (FRA/DEN) 2 h 41:46.
74. Gregor Mühlberger (AUT/BOR) 2 h 41:55.
75. Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE/FDJ) 2 h 45:10.
76. Julien Vermote (BEL/DDT) 2 h 45:57.
77. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 2 h 47:46.
78. Koen de Kort (NED/TRE) 2 h 47:59.
79. Silvan Dillier (SUI/ALM) 2 h 50:31.
80. Ian Boswell (USA/KAT) 2 h 51:17.
81. Toms Skujins (LAT/TRE) 2 h 52:07.
82. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 2 h 52:22.
83. Yves Lampaert (BEL/QST) 2 h 52:37.
84. Anthony Perez (FRA/COF) 2 h 54:45.
85. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 2 h 57:00.
86. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 2 h 57:35.
87. Elie Gesbert (FRA/FST) 3 h 00:06.
88. Michael Schär (SUI/BMC) 3 h 00:06.
89. Edward Theuns (BEL/SUN) 3 h 02:15.
90. Thomas Boudat (FRA/DEN) 3 h 04:07.
91. Yoann Offredo (FRA/WGG) 3 h 04:27.
92. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BOR) 3 h 04:48.
93. Jérôme Cousin (FRA/DEN) 3 h 05:34.
94. Pawel Poljanski (POL/BOR) 3 h 06:44.
95. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/WGG) 3 h 09:34.
96. Kévin Ledanois (FRA/FST) 3 h 11:25.
97. Dion Smith (NZL/WGG) 3 h 12:24.
98. Laurent Pichon (FRA/FST) 3 h 12:46.
99. Florian Vachon (FRA/FST) 3 h 13:05.
100. Simon Clarke (AUS/EFD) 3 h 15:10.
101. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 3 h 15:55.
102. Kristjan Koren (SLO/BAH) 3 h 16:24.
103. Tomasz Marczynski (POL/LOT) 3 h 18:46.
104. Romain Hardy (FRA/FST) 3 h 18:48.
105. Daniele Bennati (ITA/MOV) 3 h 19:22.
106. Rory Sutherland (AUS/EAU) 3 h 19:54.
107. Simon Gerrans (AUS/BMC) 3 h 21:37.
108. Matthew Hayman (AUS/MIT) 3 h 21:55.
109. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 3 h 21:55.
110. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/DDT) 3 h 23:55.
111. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) 3 h 26:41.
112. Daniel Oss (ITA/BOR) 3 h 31:26.
113. Michael Gogl (AUT/TRE) 3 h 31:39.
114. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/EAU) 3 h 33:43.
115. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/EFD) 3 h 34:17.
116. Anthony Turgis (FRA/COF) 3 h 36:11.
117. Luke Durbridge (AUS/MIT) 3 h 36:22.
118. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL/WGG) 3 h 36:26.
119. Michael Hepburn (AUS/MIT) 3 h 36:30.
120. Niki Terpstra (NED/QST) 3 h 36:52.
121. Fabien Grellier (FRA/DEN) 3 h 37:32.
122. Jack Bauer (NZL/MIT) 3 h 39:02.
123. Maciej Bodnar (POL/BOR) 3 h 39:20.
124. Marco Marcato (ITA/EAU) 3 h 41:26.
125. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 3 h 41:55.
126. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/BAH) 3 h 42:00.
127. Olivier Le Gac (FRA/FDJ) 3 h 48:08.
128. Dimitri Claeys (BEL/COF) 3 h 49:53..

129. Tom Scully (NZL/EFD) 3 h 49:58.
130. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 3 h 50:31.
131. Timothy Dupont (BEL/WGG) 3 h 51:16.
132. Lukas Pöstlberger (AUT/BOR) 3 h 52:35.
133. Oliviero Troia (ITA/EAU) 3 h 54:55.
134. Taylor Phinney (USA/EFD) 3 h 54:57.
135. Damien Gaudin (FRA/DEN) 3 h 57:23.
136. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/FDJ) 3 h 57:31.
137. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/QST) 3 h 58:58.
138. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 4 h 01:05.
139. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/EAU) 4 h 01:34.
140. Amund Grondahl Jansen (NOR/LNL) 4 h 01:34.
141. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 4 h 08:22.
142. Jasper De Buyst (BEL/LOT) 4 h 08:54.
143. Jay Thomson (RSA/DDT) 4 h 09:19.
144. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/FDJ) 4 h 12:29.
145. Lawson Craddock (USA/EFD) 4 h 30:56.

 

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