Take a bow Tim. At long last a prediction of mine becomes fact. Yesterday’s stage 19 of the Tour de France was won by Edvald Boasson Hagen.
It was a quiet ride for the main protagonists, and the jersey holders, resulting in no changes to to the leaders positions. Meanwhile the breakaway group split with nine riders remaining for the last 10 kilometres or so, and that became a thrilling tactical battle. With Edvald Boasson Hagen in this group of nine the motivation to cross the line first was his two second places in earlier stages, and that his team hadn’t had a stage win.
My thoughts for stage 20,
- Stage 20 is a time trial, a discipline in which Chris Froome excels. Though with a lead of less than 30 seconds over his two main rivals, he can’t afford any mistakes. Froome’s advantage is that he’s the last to set off in the time trail, and will know what he has to do to win.
- Chris Froome doesn’t have to win the stage, he just has to beat Bardet, Uran, and Aru.
- I think Froome will try hard to win the stage.
- Will he do it and win the tour? Yes, he will.