Tour de France diary Sunday 24th July

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Just 115.6km stand between those who remain in the peloton and the end of the 109th Tour de France.

Saturday’s time-trial to Rocamadour was another display of dominance from Jumbo Visma as Green Jersey winner Wout van Aert edged out his teammate and the man who wears yellow, Jonas Vingegaard.

Vingegaard could have been forgiven for cruising through and savouring the moment but went for the win, putting further time into his nearest rival in the general classification, Tadej Pogacar.

Dane Vingegaard is three minutes and 38 seconds clear of Team UAE Emirates’ Pogacar, while 2018 winner Geraint Thomas completes the podium.

All three will be happy to sit at the back of the pack on Sunday as the peloton reconvenes at Nantarre’s La Defense Arena before meandering through Paris’ western suburbs.

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Eventually, they will hit the Champs Elysees for eight frantic laps of the City of Lights’ most famous boulevard, at the conclusion of which, the final stage winner of the 2022 race will be crowned.

Similar to Sunday at the Masters, the traditional final day in and around Paris is a fine mix of televisual magnificence and tension, with the scenery just as impressive as the racing.

The charge along the Champs-Elysees is known as the unofficial sprinters’ world championship and the speedsters will be desperate to show they are the fastest rider in the peloton.

Remarkably, Van Aert won both the penultimate day’s TT and the final sprint in 2021 and will be looking to back that up on Sunday.

The Belgian has been incredibly strong over the last three weeks and is eyeing his fourth stage win of the race.

Meanwhile former teammate Dylan Groenewegen of Team BikeExchange-Jayco, who won this stage in 2017, will be aiming for his second Tour victory, as will Fabio Jakobsen and Jasper Philipsen.

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Author: Lucas Carlson