The 20th stage of the Tour de France host the final time trial of the race. The route is 31 kilometres long and takes place in the rolling vineyards near Bordeaux.
Saint-Émilion hosted the Tour de France once before. In 1996, the medieval wine town was used as finish in a 63.5 kilometer ITT from Bordeaux. Jan Ullrich took the spoils, but it was not enough to win the GC the next day in Paris. The German finished second behind Bjarne Ris, while Richard Virenque rounded out that year’s podium.
The vineyard setting of the race from Libourne to Saint-Émilion also reminds us of the 2010 Tour de France. The Bordeaux-Pauillac ITT of that year was won by Fabian Cancellara.
Obviously, last year’s ITT to La Planche des Belles Filles on the penultimate day of action came to a dramatic conclusion with Tadej Pogacar winning the GC ahead of Primoz Roglic, who had been flawless during three weeks of racing.
Is the final battle going to be as exciting on the roads to Saint-Émilion?