Stage 19 recap
Stage 20: Lure to La Planche de Belles Filles (36.2km)
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 two minute 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.
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.