Tour de France: Küng and Van Aert miss out as Pogacar and Van der Poel impress in time trial

LAVAL ESPACE MAYENNE FRANCE JUNE 30 Stefan Kng of Switzerland and Team Groupama FDJ at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 5 a 272km Individual Time Trial stage from Chang to Laval Espace Mayenne 90m ITT LeTour TDF2021 on June 30 2021 in Laval Espace Mayenne France Photo by Christophe PetitTesson PoolGetty Images
Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) finishing the stage 5 time trial at the Tour de France 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Wout van Aert (Jumob-Visma) were expected to battle for the stage victory in the Tour de France's Laval time trial, with the Belgian also seemingly within touching distance of the yellow jersey. Yet when the clocks stopped and the time differences were calculated, both missed out and were left disappointed. 

The European time trial champion was beaten by Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) by 19 seconds, while van Aert was a more distant fourth at 30 seconds and also remained 30 elusive seconds away from the yellow jersey. 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.