Stage 19: Bonneval - Chartres (ITT)
Bonneval – Chartres
Highest point: 171m
Category: Time trial
The race of truth
If the race unfolds as Prudhomme and his route team would like, a climber will head the GC by no more than three minutes going into this final key stage, where some powerful rouleurs will attempt to chase him down. Although longer than the first time trial, the time gaps here may not be as big as those seen in Besançon as endurance can be as much of a factor as ability this far into a Grand Tour. This doesn’t mean that the stage won’t fall to a specialist such as Martin, Cancellara or Wiggins but it might mean that an experienced Grand Tour contender could spring a surprise. It should be a cliffhanger.
Sean Yates: "For the first 38km it’s super-fast and nice roads, then it does get trickier. It’s a big distance and it will obviously play a decisive role in the final results. It’s the last chance for a reversal of any positions and it’s going to be interesting."
Maps and profiles courtesy of ASO
Latest on Cyclingnews
Best winter cycling shoesThe best winter cycling shoes will keep the elements at bay to help your feet stay warm and comfortable, whatever the weather
CAS slams Russia doping scheme as 'cover up of cover-up'WADA disappointed as CAS reduces ban on Russia to two years, excluding Paris 2024 Olympic Games
John Degenkolb: I’m not afraid to race these young guysVeteran Classics sprinter aims for Paris-Roubaix and Tour de France
Colorado Classic organisers postpone until 2022Women's race says 'pandemic situation remains uncertain at best'
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.