South African time trial champion Daryl Impey has finished fifth and British climber Simon Yates has all-but claimed the best young rider competition after today’s penultimate stage at the Tour de France.
Impey put in the ride of his life to finish just 20seconds down on stage winner Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe).
Yates finished today’s time trial in 32nd position, in the exact same time as white jersey contender Louis Meinjtes, whilst Chris Froome finished third on the stage to wrap up the yellow jersey.
With the final stage traditionally a ceremonious one, the 24-year-oldORICA-SCOTT rider just needs to roll over the finish line in Paris to officially claim the best young rider competition and seventh position overall.
“It will take some time, but it is starting to sink in,” Yates said about the white jersey. “I’m really happy and a little bit relieved that I have pulled it off too.”
“I came here with the goal of winning this jersey from day one and that was no secret. For me it’s a great thing and I’m sure for the team as well. Also with my brother winning it last year it’s nice to keep it in the family, and we hope we can turn them into another colour one day.
“Every day I have needed to, I went deep. I gave it everything and there were some days that I wasn’t good enough but I really tried to fight as much as possible and do everything I could and finally I have arrived here with the white jersey.”
How it happened:
With just one day to come, today’s time trial was a target for just a handful of potential stage winners and the top general classification riders.
Australian Mathew Hayman was the first ORICA-SCOTT rider down the ramp and he had the eyes of Yates following him in the car in preparation for his ride later in the day.
After a solid result at the first stage time trial, Impey committed to a good ride and crossed the line in a provisional third fastest time with only two riders going faster for the remainder of the day.
The top general classification riders set off to a huge applause from Orange Velodrome, but the only major change to the general classification was Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale Drapac) moving up to second overall and Romain Bardet (AG2R LA Mondiale) down to third.
Yates put in a solid ride to maintain his position on the general classification and hold the white jersey with just the Paris stage to come.
Tour de France – Stage 20 Results:
1. Maciej Bodnar (Bora Hansgrohe) 28:15
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +0:01
3. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +0:06
5. Daryl Impey (Team Sky) +0:20
Tour de France – General Classification after stage 20:
1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 83:55:16
2. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale Drapac) +0:54
3. Romain Bardet (AG2r La Mondiale) +2:20
7. Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +6:14