Tour de France LIVE: Jonas Vingegaard set to seal win on stage 20 time trial

Belgium’s Yves Lampaert rides during stage 20

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The 2022 Tour de France moves into the hills of southern France today for the final competitive stage before the procession to Paris tomorrow, with this stage 20 individual time trial from the clifftop village of Rocamadour in to Lacapelle-Marival, a small town known for its chateau.

The route is a 41km to road which contains some undulations and offers some scope for time gains, but it would take some truly dramatic for the podium places to shift now. Jonas Vingegaard is on course for his first Tour de France crown with a three-minute lead over reigning champion Tadej Pogacar, and realistically the Dane only needs to avoid a crash to put on a lock on the yellow jersey. Likewise, Geraint Thomas has a three-minute lead over the man in fourth, France’s David Gaudu, and will earn the third Tour de France podium place of his career if he gets round the course safely.

The riders go out in reverse order, so Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan will be first to take on this time trial as the man carrying the lanterne rouge, starting around 12pm in the UK. The stage 1 time trial winner Yves Lampaert goes at 12.39pm, the time trial master Filippo Ganna goes at 1.05pm, favourite Wout van Aert starts at 3.16pm, while the yellow jersey goes last at 4pm.

Follow all the action from stage 20 below.

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Tour de France – stage 20 time trial LIVE

Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Emirates) gets over the finish line to set the early benchmark in Lacapelle-Marival. His time is 50 min 22 sec, and no one else is within two minutes of that mark as yet. Plenty still to come of course.

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Tour de France – stage 20 time trial LIVE

Here goes Filippo Ganna down the ramp. He’s the reigning double time-trial world champion, a triple Italian time-trial champion, and winner of six Giro d’Italia stages, five of which were – yes – time trials. He’s good at this, is the point I’m making.

But the Ineos rider didn’t win the stage 1 time trial, and might feel he has a point to prove here with many people tipping Wout van Aert to win today.

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Tour de France – stage 20 time trial LIVE

Still no finishers yet, but the halfway checkpoint leader is Mikkel Bjerg by a distance. Maciej Bodnar (Bora-H) is closest, 14 seconds behind Bjerg’s time, and only one other early rider is within a minute.

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Stage 20 map, profile and time-trial checkpoints

There are three check points along this route before the finish: CP1 comes with 30km to go, CP2 with 19km to go, and CP3 with 8km to go.

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The fastest rider so far through the first checkpoint is Tadej Pogacar’s teammate Mikkel Bjerg, the 23-year-old Dane who has great pedigree against the clock with world junior titles. He goes through at 12min 37sec, and no one is within half a minute of his mark there.

Peter Sagan is the latest rider down the ramp.

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Tour de France – stage 20 time trial LIVE

Here goes Yves Lampaert, QuickStep’s Belgian rider who won the stage 1 time trial in Copenhagen. Will he attack this course and go for the double? He doesn’t tend to do quite so well over longer routes like this one.

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Fourteen riders are out on the road, and up next is Australia’s Jack Bauer. He suffered that awful crash in a collision with a press motorbike a few days ago. Luckily he avoided serious injury.

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Tour de France – stage 20 time trial LIVE

The wind is blowing hard which could have a big impact on the result today. Yves Lampaert was perhaps a bit harshly said to have benefitted with a tailwind as he won stage one back in Copenhagen.

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Tour de France – stage 20 time trial LIVE

Filippo Ganna, the time trial world champion, is asked who will win today’s stage. “I think Wout will win,” he says with a grin, referring to the man in the green jersey Wout van Aert, who has been sensational all Tour. Van Aert finished second in the stage 1 time trial to Yves Lampaert. I still make Ganna my favourite today though, if he’s feeling fresh. Not that anyone is feeling fresh at this stage.