Analytics in Action – Stage 20Blog
Marseille sees Froome and Bodnar crowned
The last time trial of the 2017 Tour de France saw Maciej Bodnar (BOH) snatch the stage victory and Chris Froome (SKY) all but secure a fourth overall win.
Chris Froome (SKY) and Maciej Bodnar (BOH) have reason to celebrate. Both showed strength in the final time trial of the Tour in Marseille on Saturday and got what they deserved: a stage win for the Polish rouleur and the overall victory for the British star. Bodnar (BOH) averaged 47.8km/h, tasting sweet revenge after his cruel defeat on stage 11, when a blazing peloton caught up with him less than 300m from the finish line after spending the whole day in the breakaway.
Chris Froome (SKY) was placed third in the stage, ahead of his rivals in the General Classification. Now only a truly unforeseen event could rob him of yet another overall victory.
Even after three intense weeks, the battle for glory remains tight and fierce, as highlighted by the Polish duel between Michal Kwiatkowski (SKY) and Bodnar (BOH). 'Kwiato', as Kwiatkowski (SKY) is known, is one of Froome's (SKY) top lieutenants. He started stronger than his rival at 51.5km/h in the first 10.2km/h. But then Bodnar (BOH) made up some time during the second, uphill section before they both averaged at 52.5km/h over the last 6.9km. In the end, the difference between them was just 1" – a matter of 0.03km/h.
No doubt they’ll be glad that most of the struggle is over. The last day of racing, a mere 103km around Paris, always begins as a smooth Sunday ride, celebrating every rider’s accomplishments … but mostly that of the overall winner. But then the competition usually heats up on the flat circuit in the French capital, until the final showdown: a brutal sprint to one of the most prestigious finish lines in the world of pro cycling.
Key data highlights:
1.) Chris Froome (SKY) will be the first rider to win the Tour de France without winning a stage since Oscar Peseiro in 2006.
2.) Alberto Contador (TFS) was the fastest rider in the second segment of the time trial, averaging 39.3km/h over 5.4km, including the climb up Notre-Dame de la Garde (1.2km at an average gradient of 9.5%).
3.) There are 10 teams who haven't won a stage on this Tour, with only one last chance to do so in Paris on Sunday.
4.) Romain Bardet (ALM) lost 5.2” per kilometre to Chris Froome (SKY).
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