Now the decision is made. On the 20. Stage of the tour de france on saturday (13).45 o’clock/one and eurosport) no more tactics. Whoever wears yellow after the insane climb to val thorens will win this year’s tour.
After more than 3000 hard kilometers, there are still several candidates to succeed geraint thomas, who is still fighting for yellow himself. His teammate egan bernal has the "maillot jaune" and thus the pole position, emanuel buchmann is also still promising in the race.
Stage: the stage from albertville to val thorens was shortened from 130 to 60 kilometers late friday evening due to landslides and weather warnings. It is extremely short, but will be the toughest challenge for the peloton. The climbs to the cornet de roselend and to the côte de longefoy have been cancelled, instead the race is heading directly to the rough final to val thorens. 33.4 kilometers is this final climb, the average slope is 5.5 percent. One day before the final in paris, the rough elimination race is expected, any attack could mean triumph in the overall classification.
FAVORITES: the favorites are those who have shone for more than three weeks in the tour of france. The ineos double top with champion thomas and yellow-carrier bernal will go all out to win in order not to give the tour trophy out of their hands even without chris froome who is missing due to injury. The longed-for tour victory for france can no longer realize thibaut pinot: the celebrated tourmalet winner had to drop out on friday.
THE YELLOW JACKET: the distances are still not rough. Julian alaphilippe has fallen back to second place after dropping out on friday. Bernal is 48 seconds ahead of the 27-year-old frenchman, while thomas is 1:16 minutes behind. In principle, five riders are still eligible to take the yellow jersey from val thorens to paris.
BUCHMANN: the 26-year-old ravensburg is doing extremely well so far and has not yet revealed any weakness in three weeks. Already on the second day of rest he had said that he would only dare to attack on yellow on the climb to val thorens, if at all. Now the day of days and the chance of opportunities has come. Buchmann 1:55 minutes behind bernal, only 39 seconds to the podium.