whose is the last victory at altitude? The twentieth stage in questions

On the eve of the arrival in Paris, the peloton regained altitude between Belfort and Le Markstein Fellering on Saturday.

Someone hoped to see the Tour de France take place on the slopes of the Vosges on Saturday 22 July, but it won’t be like this. Jonas Vingegaard has eliminated the Tour and Tadej Pogacar on the slopes of the Col de la Loze, and the suspense at the same time, but this 20th stage will not lack interest. In question, a day punctuated by six climbs and an audience of contenders in spades.

What is the profile?

Stage 21 of the Tour de France is often synonymous with rest and celebration. The 20th, however, doesn’t seem like a long, calm river for the peloton. With its six passes, two of which are first category, the riders will have to draw on their last resources to traverse a short (133.5km), but intense stage between Belfort and Le Markstein Fellering.

To warm up, place at the Ballon d’Alsace (11.5km at 5.2%) after 24km of racing. If an intermediate sprint is placed at kilometer 37.2, it is precisely the sequence of the Col de la Croix des Moinats (5.2 km at 7%), the Col de Grosse Pierre (3.2 km at 8%) and the Col de la Schlucht (4.3 km at 5.4%) that should worry the mountaineers.

Especially since all this is just the appetizer of a devastating program in the last 30 kilometres. With the Petit Ballon (9.3km at 8.1%) and the Col du Platzerwasel (7.1km at 8.4%), the thighs will warm up, with an overall elevation gain of 3,600m.

The profile of stage 20 of the 2023 Tour de France, between Belfort and Markstein (133.5km).  (ASO)

Who are the favourites?

Difficult to find a name before this stage, which should arouse the wishes of a large part of the group. For teams that haven’t yet raised their arms this is the last chance, unless they have a sprinter capable of winning on the Champs-Elysées among their ranks, while for all adventurers, this seems like the ideal stage to escape and fight for victory in a leading group. Among the French, Thibaut Pinot is the favourite, both for his qualities as a climber and for the fact that he is racing to his extreme limits in the Tour de France, moreover in the land of his childhood.

But if the stage seems so open, it is because the gaps created in the general classification should pave the way for the appetite of the leaders, so far concentrated on not exhausting themselves in the mountains. Jonas Vingegaard isn’t exactly worried by anyone and exit vouchers could be granted by the almighty Jumbo-Visma. It would therefore not be surprising to see some members of the top 10 try their luck.

What are the hours?

1.25pm: Start of broadcast on France 3 e france.tv
1.30 pm: fictitious departure from Belfort
1.45pm: actual departure (change to France 2 at 3.00pm)
4.54pm: Expected arrival (at an average of 42km/h) at Le Markstein Fellering

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