30 riders in the lead, including Kreuziger and Sagan
175 riders started the second last stage of the 103rd Tour de France in Megève. A minute of silence was observed as a tribute to the victims of the shooting in Munich, Germany, the day before. Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) was the first attacker of the day right after the flag off. A lead group was formed in several waves in the ascent to the col des Aravis.
Pantano and Alaphilippe in action again
Warren Barguil (Giant) reached the front group right at the top of la Colombière. Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data) made it across as well in the downhill while eight riders rode away in the valley at half way into the race: I. Izagirre, Nibali, Sagan, Kreuziger, Rui Costa, Pantano, Alaphilippe and Gougeard. Sagan’s effort brought the break’s lead to a maximum of 6.24 over the peloton at km 67.
With 62km to go, Sagan finished his work while Kreuziger was virtually on the podium but Astana and AG2R-La Mondiale took over from Team Sky at the head of the peloton. De Gendt rode away again in the ascent to col de la Ramaz where he was first again. In the downhill, Pantano and Alaphilippe overtook him to form a new leading duo with 40km to go. They attacked each other within 5km to the top of Joux-Plane but Nibali came across when he heard that he would not be useful on Fabio Aru’s side as the Sardinian was struggling behind the yellow jersey group.
Ion Izagirre soloes to victory in the descent
With 15km to go, Nibali went solo. 2km before the summit, Izagirre and Pantano rejoined Nibali in the lead. The Colombian was designated the most aggressive rider of the day. The Spaniard got a gap for himself in the downhill.
1. Ion Izagirre (Esp) Movistar Team 4:06:45
2. Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:19
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:42
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 2:49
5. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida 1:43
6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 1:44
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:49
8. Joaquim Rodriguez (Esp) Team Katusha 3:24
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step 4:12
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
100. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 0:29:40
GC after Stage 20
1. Christopher Froome (Gbr) Team Sky 86:21:40
2. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4:05
3. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 4:21
4. Adam Yates (Gbr) Orica-BikeExchange 4:42
5. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 5:17
6. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 6:16
7. Joaquim Rodriguez (Esp) Team Katusha 6:58
8. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre – Merida
9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step 7:04
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 7:11
108. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 3:44:54