2014 Tour de France: Martin takes penultimate TT stage as Nibali confirms overall

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Tony Martin flies Stage 20

Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Tony Martin put in a dominant performance in the 2014 Tour’s only time trial to take the stage 20 win. Photo by Graham Watson

German specialist Tony Martin bested the field in dominating style to take the win in stage 20’s 54km rolling individual time trial from Bergerac to Périgueux on the penultimate day of the 2014 Tour. Overall leader Vincenzo Nibali solidified his first-ever Tour title with a fourth place result, stopping the clock 1 minute and 58 seconds behind Martin. In between the two were Team Giant-Shimano’s Tom Dumoulin and Jan Barta of Team Netapp-Endura at 1:39 and 1:47, respectively.

For the overall classification it was a good day for Frenchman Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) who leapfrogged his countryman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) to move into the runner-up position. Also on the move was American Teejay van Garderen (BMC) who finished sixth on the day 2:08 behind Martin–good enough to jump Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) for fifth overall as the Frenchman struggled to finished 26th, 4:07 adrift. Spain’s Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) struggled today as well but, barring catastrophe, will finsih in fourth overall when the race concludes in Paris tomorrow.

STAGE 20 RESULTS

1. Tony Martin (GER)
2. Tom Dumoulin (NED)
3. Jan Barta (CZE)
4. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
5. Leopold Konig (CZE)
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
7. Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA)
8. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
9. Markel Irizar Arranburu (SPA)
10. Daniel Oss (ITA)

TEAM

Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Giant-Shimano
Netapp-Endura
Astana
Netapp-Endura
BMC
AG2R La Mondiale
IAM Cycling
Trek Factory Racing
BMC

TIME

01h 06′ 21”
@ 01′ 39”
@ 01′ 47”
@ 01′ 58”
@ 02′ 02”
@ 02′ 08”
@ 02′ 27”
@ 02′ 36”
@ 02′ 39”
@ 02′ 58”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 20

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
2. Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA)
3. Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
4. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA)
5. Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
6. Romain Bardet (FRA)
7. Leopold Konig (CZE)
8. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (SPA)
9. Laurens Ten Dam (NED)
10. Bauke Mollema (NED)

TEAM

Astana Pro Team
Ag2r La Mondiale
FDJ.fr
Movistar Team
BMC Racing Team
Ag2r La Mondiale
Team Netapp-Endura
Trek Factory Racing
Belkin Pro Cycling
Belkin Pro Cycling

TIME

85h 37′ 52”
@ 07′ 52”
@ 08′ 24”
@ 09′ 55”
@ 11′ 44”
@ 11′ 46”
@ 14′ 41”
@ 18′ 12”
@ 18′ 20”
@ 21′ 24”

TDF Header Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Astana Pro Team
TDF Header Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale
TDF Header Polka Dot Jersey: Rafal Majka (POL), Tinkoff-Saxo
TDF Header White Jersey: Thibaut Pinot (FRA), FDJ.fr

COMPLETE STAGE 20 RESULTS »
STAGE 20 PHOTO GALLERY »

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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