Tour de France 2020: Stage 20 Winner, Highlights, Updated Standings, Schedule

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2020

Slovenia's Primoz Roglic, wearing the yellow jersey of the overall leader, and Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, talk at the start of the stage 19 of the Tour de France cycling race over 166 kilometers (103 miles), with start in Bourg-en-Bresse and finish in Champagnole, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Tadej Pogacar won Stage 20 of the 2020 Tour de France on Saturday to overtake Primoz Roglic for the yellow jersey as the overall leader heading into Sunday's final stage.

ITV Cycling @itvcycling

An unbelievable ride from Tadej Pogacar. He sets the best time of 55'55" and has all but secured the win of the 2020 Tour de France 👏🇸🇮 #TdF2020 https://t.co/B8RDA1h3j0

Pogacar posted a time of 55 minutes and 55 seconds to finish atop the podium in the only individual time trial of this year's competition. Here's a look at the top five finishers from Saturday's solo trip from Lure to La Planche des Belles Filles:

  • 1. Tadej Pogacar
  • 2. Tom Dumoulin (+1:21)
  • 3. Richie Porte (+1:21)
  • 4. Wout van Aert (+1:31)
  • 5. Primoz Roglic (+1:56)

Meanwhile, Roglic saw his 57-second advantage turn into a 59-second deficit ahead of Sunday's final journey to the Champs-Elysees in Paris, typically a ceremonial stage with little movement in the standings.

Stage 20 was the final serious test of the Tour, and it was a legitimate challenge, especially given the lack of individual competition earlier in the event. It was a 36.2-kilometer time trial with an 8.5 percent average gradient and a 500-meter climb over the final 6.2 kilometers, per Joe Lindsey of Bicycling.

Roglic had given full credit to his Team Jumbo-Visma teammates before the time trial for putting him in position to control his own destiny heading into the final stages.

"It was another great day for us," Roglic told reporters Friday. "... I've emphasized [my teammates' work] before, but I can't do that enough. They were fantastic and although I am the one who's wearing it, this yellow jersey really belongs to all of us."

The 30-year-old Slovenian has been in possession of the yellow jersey since Stage 9, but countryman Pogacar and Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez stayed within striking distance, which elevated the pressure heading into Saturday.

Ben King @BenKing89

Great sportsmanship from Roglic in what I can imagine was the most painful moment of his career. #TdF2020

Pogacar, 21, rode a tremendous time trial, beating the entire field by over a minute, and it became clear during the final climb that he was going to take over the yellow jersey.

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

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Now, barring a major mishap, he'll ride into Paris on Sunday as the Tour's first champion from Slovenia.


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