Tour de France 2014: Stage 20 Winner, Results and Updated Leaderboard Standings

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2014

Germany's Tony Martin crosses the finish line of the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time-trial over 54 kilometers (33.6 miles) with start in Bergerac and finish in Perigueux, France, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Peter Dejong/Associated Press

Tony Martin comfortably won Saturday's Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France, this year's only individual time trial of the event.

The world champion in the discipline almost made the competition look bad, with his closest rival losing over a minute-and-a-half.

Vincenzo Nibali avoided crashes and mechanical issues to keep his big lead in the general classification, and barring divine intervention, he will win his first Tour de France on Sunday.

2014 Tour de France Stage 20 Results
1Tony MartinOPQS1:06:21
2Tom DumoulinGiant+1:39
3Jan BartaNetApp+1:47
4Vincenzo NibaliAstana+1:58
5Leopold KonigNetApp+2:02
6Tejay van GarderenBMC+2:08
7Jean Christophe PeraudAG2R+2:27
8Sylvain ChavanelIAM Cycling+2:36
9Markel IrizarTrek+2:39
10Daniel OssBMC+2:58

Danny Pate was the first rider to put up a solid time, but fans were eagerly awaiting the start of Martin and Tom Dumoulin, the two top specialists remaining in the field. Der Panzerwagen in particular was the absolute favourite, with the course tailor-made for the powerful German.

His warm-up was seriously impressive, as shared by Le Tour de France:

Jan Barta dove under the time of Pate on the first checkpoint, but his lead was short-lived. Martin completely obliterated the rest of the peloton, taking a massive lead on the first checkpoint:

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As shared by OPQS Cycling Team, his dominance was almost comical:

Der Panzerwagen was very confident in his abilities, as reported by Betway:

Martin kept the pace incredibly high, and there was never any doubt who would win Saturday's stage. Fans and pundits now turned their attention to the battle for the general classification, with several of the top riders eyeing this stage as their final chance to rise up the leaderboard.

Tejay van Garderen took a solid start, quickly passing climber Bauke Mollema, but the top times early came from Thibaut Pinot, Jean Christophe Peraud and Leopold Konig.

Nibali promised fireworks on Saturday, but he took a very cautious approach in the first sector, via OPQS Cycling team:

Alejandro Valverde lost a lot of time during Thursday's stage, and his hopes of ending on the podium took a massive hit in the process. The veteran Spaniard is a solid climber but not a particularly established time trialist, and it showed on Saturday.

Valverde couldn't gain a second on his competitors in the first sector and started losing time in the second, via the Ottawa Citizen's Glen McGregor:

Peraud kept up his high pace and looked like a safe bet to end the day in second place, but his task was made more difficult by an ill-timed puncture, per Le Tour de France:

Romain Bardet also suffered a puncture and lost his fifth spot in the general classification to Van Garderen as a result of it. Valverde regained his composure in the final sector, staying ahead of the American rider from BMC.

Peraud's time trial was truly impressive, recovering nicely from his puncture. Holding a 22-second lead at the start of the final sector, the gap was simply too big for Pinot to overcome.

The youngster will still finish the 2014 Tour de France on the podium, giving the French crowds their biggest hope for a future Tour de France win in a very long time.

But Nibali's lead was never truly threatened, and the Shark of Messina kept improving over the course of the stage, finishing with the fourth-best time to increase his gigantic lead even more.

Stage winner Tony Martin told VeloNews he was happy with his performance and that his legs felt surprisingly good after three weeks of racing:

I felt quite good actually. I thought I was more tired. I managed to keep a good tempo from start to finish, I didn’t falter, I’m glad about my performance.

It’s true I knew the course well and I had to wait for two weeks to get there. Luckily I had won a stage already so it eased the pressure

General Classification (Yellow Jersey)
1Vincenzo NibaliAstana85:37:52
2Jean Christophe PeraudAG2R+7:52
3Thibaut PinotFDJ+8:24
4Alejandro ValverdeMovistar+9:55
5Tejay van GarderenBMC+11:44
6Romain BardetAG2R+11:46
7Leopold KonigNetApp+14:41
8Haimar ZubeldiaTrek+18:12
9Laurens ten DamBelkin+21:24
10Bauke MollemaTrek+23:26
Points Classification (Green Jersey)
1Peter SaganCannondale417
2Bryan CoquardEuropcar253
3Alexander KristoffKatyusha247
4Mark RenshawOPQS189
5Vincenzo NibaliAstana182
6Marcel KittelGiant177
7Greg van AvermaetBMC Racing147
8Andre GreipelLotto143
9Ramunas NavardauskasGarmin127
10Samuel DumoulinAG2R117
Mountain Classification (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1Rafal MajkaTinkoff-Saxo181
2Vincenzo NibaliAstana168
3Joaquin RodriguezKatyusha112
4Thibaut PinotFDJ89
5Jean Christophe PeraudAG2R85
6Alessandro De MarchiCannondale78
7Thomas VoecklerEuropcar61
8Giovanni ViscontiMovistar54
9Alejandro ValverdeMovistar48
10Tejay van GarderenBMC48

Sunday's final stage will be a relatively short hop to Paris, with the finish line on the iconic Champs-Elysees. Traditionally a stage for the sprinters, this year should be no different, with all of the classifications already decided.

Nibali, Peter Sagan, Rafal Majka and Pinot will crack the champagne early, while the sprint teams will control the peloton all the way to Paris and the finish line.

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