Analysis: Where Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France time trial

Tadej Pogacar heads to the Tour de France victory (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

If the Tour de France's stage 20 time trial was a maths problem, Tadej Pogačar was a scholar, leaving scribbled formulas on the black tarmac in his wake as he traversed the 36.2km route from Lure along the rolling foothills in the Vosges mountains to the foot of La Planche des Belles Filles. A supercomputer compared with his abacus rivals, Pogačar out-calculated them at every metre.

The Tour de France would be won and lost on the finishing climb, most predicted, and the GC favourites would hold back something - or so we thought. It's no mean feat to perform a flat individual time trial over 30km then climb a category-1 mountain on a different bike.

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