Tomorrow’s finale in Paris will be a day for the sprinters and a victory lap for Vincenzo Nibali as the Italian on Team Astana added to his impressive overall lead with a fourth place finish in today’s individual time trial–the only one in this year’s Tour de France. To no one’s surprise, German TT specialist took the win, throwing down impressive power from the start in Bergerac to the finish line in Périgueux 54k away. Here’s how the day unfolded in front of superphotog Graham Watson’s camera lens. See stage 20 results here.
Though you don’t hear the announcers call Danny Pate’s name too much, the American workhorse for Team Sky scored an impressive 11th in today’s TT. Photo by Graham Watson
German powerhouse Tony Martin would not be denied in the Tour’s only ITT, taking the stage by 1 minute, 37 seconds. Photo by Graham Watson
Unfortunately, Team Sky’s Jaguar F-Type TT concept car only goes “vroom, vroom” and not “Froome, Froome.” Photo by Graham Watson
There was really no chance that Nibali would melt down and lose seven minutes today–in fact, he added to his lead. Photo by Graham Watson
Were it not for one bad day, American Teejay van Garderen might be on the podium. As it stands, the BMC team leader moved up a notch into fifth overall today with a strong sixth place in the TT. Photo by Graham Watson
Trek Factory Racing’s Matt Busche rode the TT on a bike that’s from his home state of Wisconsin. Photo by Graham Watson
Like his BMC teammate Teejay van Garderen, Italy’s Daniel Oss wears his national pride on his top tube. He finished 10th on today’s stage. Photo by Graham Watson
Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Jean-Christophe Peraud is one of many Frenchmen having a great Tour and will finish as this year’s runner-up in the overall. Photo by Graham Watson
Netapp-Endura’s Jan Barta scored the result of his life with a third place finish in today’s TT. Photo by Graham Watson
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