Date: Saturday July 23
Start: Lacapelle Marival
Distance: 40 km (individual time trial)
An intriguing, leg-sapping final time trial to decide the yellow jersey once and for all before the arrival of the race in Paris.
At 40 km, this race against the clock is as long as we’ve seen at the Tour in recent years and it will hopefully throw up some final actual-race-day drama.
The majority of the course is pretty flat before two small climbs in the final 5 km, just to amp up the pressure. The Côte de Magès is first, 1.6 km at 4.7%, before an uphill final stretch to the finish line. The Côte de l’Hospitalet is 1.5 km long with an average gradient of 7.8%. With the Netflix cameras in tow, ASO has designed this one for potential fireworks.
Who will win stage 20?
With these third-week time trials, it often comes down to who is the freshest rather than pure time trialling ability. Maybe the likes of Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost) have held enough back over the final week, or else the ever-explosive Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) could ride away to a third stage victory.
With a 3:26 gap between Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar, the potential for an eleventh-hour upset is not all that likely, but we can be pretty certain they’ll both ride the time trial of their lives. The only likely GC movement is further down the top 10 as the likes of Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) attempts to salvage a top-five finish.