The final deciding stage of the 2016 Tour de France has arrived and like last nights chaotic stage 19 it should be a great one to watch.
With only one minute separating second down to fifth place, and only 16 seconds separating second and third place on the final podium, the battle for second place could begin at any moment during the 146 km stage from Megève, that ends down the final tricky (and possibly wet) descent to Morzine.
2016 Tour de France Stage 20 profile:
The last time this descent was ridden was during Floyd Landis’s incredible solo breakaway in 2010, which initially won, and then by virtue of his positive doping conviction, lost him the 2010 Tour de France.
The exhausting final climb, the 1691m Col de Joux-Plane begins at almost 10 per cent before smoothing off for the next 5km. However, it is the following 6km that pitches up steeply, providing a textbook setting for a late push for the podium.
The Frenchman Romain Bardet will be looking to consolidate and hold on to his second place GC standing whilst Quintana, Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) and Australian Richie Porte will be dreaming of ripping it from his grasp. To say that this final climb will be exciting would only be a massive understatement.
Winner of stage 19, Romain Bardet.
The four riders hoping for second on General Classification after stage 20:
2 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale: 0:04:11
3 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team: 0:04:27
4 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange: 0:04:46
5 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team: 0:05:17
Betting odds have this years Giro d’Italia winner Italian Vincenzo Nibali a clear favourite to win the stage followed by Valverde, Pantano and then Romain Bardet. If one was to go by these odds Bardet appears the clear favourite to hold on to his second place GC standing.
As an Aussie I’m holding on to hope that Richie Porte can leapfrog the three riders in front of him and become Australia’s first podium finisher since the legendary Cadel Evans.
Vincenzo Nibali: 19/2
Alejandro Valverde: 54/5
Jarlinson Pantano: 62/5
Romain Bardet: 66/5
Ilnur Zakarin: 16
Joaquim Rodriguez: 88/5
Warren Barguil: 88/5
Fabio Aru: 21
Julian Alaphilippe: 76/5
Rafal Majka: 41
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The final battle, Stage 20 route: