Hybrid time trial provides novel final act to Roglic and Pogacar's Tour de France duel – Preview

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It wasn’t supposed to end like this. It’s not unreasonable to suppose that ASO had a specific scenario in mind when they placed a time trial up La Planche des Belles Filles on the final weekend of the 2020 Tour de France, but bike races always take on a life of their own once they hit kilometre zero.

Thibaut Pinot’s race was compromised from the moment he crashed on the Promenade des Anglais on the opening day, and instead of fulfilling the narrative of the local favourite carrying the yellow jersey through his native Mélisey, the Groupama-FDJ rider will return home on Saturday bearing the scars of another ill-starred tilt at the Tour.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.