Mikkel Berg (UAE Team Emirates) has clocked the best time in checkpoint 1 at km 10.5 in Aynac of 12:37, a full minute faster than Frison. Tadej Pogačar is, incidentally, following Berg from the co-pilot’s seat in the following team car, presumably to see how best to tackle the course ‘live’, a few hours hence.
And the Tour de France stage 1 time trial winner in Copenhagen, Yves Lampaert (QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl) has just started today’s race against the clock. If you’re interested in how he managed to do that just over three weeks ago, you can read our full report here:
Tour de France: Lampaert stuns favourites to take yellow jersey
Current best rider at the first intermediate checkpoint (Aynac km 10.5) is Frederik Frison (Lotto-Soudal), leading with a time of 13:14 over France’s Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) who’s two seconds behind.
News of a DNS: according to his team, for family reasons Nathan van Hooydonck, a key support worker for Jumbo-Visma and Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard, will not be taking part in today’s time trial. Van Hooydonck was due to start today’s TT at 1400 local time.
Temperatures throughout are at somewhere between 22 and 23 degrees celsius, by the way, so nowhere near the oven-like heat that was previously blasting the Tour in much of its second and third weeks.
Stage 20, a fairly lengthy 40.7 kilometre TT, has three intermediate checkpoints: at Aynac at km 10.5; at Grammat at km 22; and at Couzou at km 32.5.
Ewan is away. The course the Australian and the 138 riders left in the race has no classified climbs, but it isn’t pancake flat, either. Rather we’re looking at rolling, mainly rural roads with some technical sections.
Ewan is rolling up to the start ramp, just a minute to go before stage 20 of the Tour de France is underway.
For an insightful preview of stage 20, have a look at Barry Ryan’s expert analysis at the link here: Tour de France 2022 stage 20 preview – Van Aert seeks to continue Jumbo-Visma dominance
Here are the results from yesterday’s stage 19, won by Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) and the overall standings
The weather looks sunny and dry for the umpteenth day on the Tour this year and according to the Tour website, a very gentle 4kmh northwesterly wind is blowing. So close to flat calm.
139 riders are left in the race, and the first down the start ramp in about 20 minutes (at 1305 local time) will be sprinter Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). Ewan will likely be aiming to save his strength for Sunday, though, and what he hopes would be a repeat win on the Champs-Élysées.
Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 20 of the 2022 Tour de France.