Tour de France 2021 LIVE stage 20: Wout van Aert wins time trial, Pogačar seals yellow jersey

Live updates as the overall winner of the Tour de France 2021 is decided here

Hello and welcome to live updates from the final time trial of the  Tour de France 2021, stage 20. 

Estimated finish: 5.55pm French time (4.55pm BST) 


Hello cycling fans! 

Here is the profile for today's TT.

Today's stage starts at 1.05pm French time (that's 12.05 British time).

Here's how the overall standings look heading into the final general classification stage of the race: 

The first bit of news this morning is that Mark Cavendish has responded after a video emerged of him shouting at a team mechanic before the start of stage 19.

Here's a reminder of the results from the stage five time trial, when Tadej Pogačar won his first stage of the race and became the yellow jersey in waiting behind Mathieu van der Poel. 

Here are all the start times for the riders today. All times are local to France so subtract an hour if you're in the UK, everyone else you'll have to figure it out yourselves.

Geraint Thomas has been reminiscing this morning, first sharing pictures of his last Tour de France stage 20 time trial (in 2018 as he confirmed his yellow jersey) and now swinging by the Bordeaux Velodrome for the first time in 15 years.

The least expected TT rivalry between Stefan Küng and Pierre Rolland continues

Stage 20 is underway as the first riders set off!

And now Mark Cavendish sets off, waving to fans in the opening metres. The green jersey looks very content, presumably much happier with his bike set-up this morning compared to yesterday...

And now Chris Froome sets off, who's probably not used to starting this early in a race against the clock. He receives a couple of unkind boos as he rolls off the start ramp considering how he's continued to battle through this race.

Mark Cavendish sets the best time at the first intermediate sprint, which will likely be surpassed very soon. Cav will have to wait until tomorrow to try and seal Tour win number 35.

André Greipel sets off, having announced this morning he will call time on his 17-year career at the end of 2021.

Michael Mørkøv is out on course. Mark Cavendish's lead-out man will have no interest in a result in today's stage. 

Tim Declerq also out on course.

Dries Devenyns from Deceuninck - Quick-Step is the fastest rider so far, with a time of 37-59 and an average speed of 48km/h.

Chris Froome has just finished his ride, with a time of 41-22. That's slower than the time of Mark Cavendish, was finished in 40-05. 

Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) is out on the course. At the first preliminary time check 7.6km into the course he set the fastest time of 9-16, with an average speed of 49km/h. 

Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) is out on the course and is absolutely flying. 

We have the first real benchmark time from Max Walscheid (Qhubeka-ASSOS), who is the first of the time trialists to finish the course.

Bjerg is looking rapid out on the course still, he's a minute faster than Walsheid at the second timing check, 20.1km into the stage. 

Absolutely rapid time from Mikkel Berg who now tops the leaderboard. 

The difference in abilities in a time trial never ceases to amaze me.

Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) is the new leader! 

Want to know more about the current leader of stage 20 Stefan Bissegger?

Really strong time from Britain's Fred Wright, the youngest rider in the race at age 22-years-old. 

For anyone who just loves looking at TT bikes (like me), enjoy this from Astana 

We have some serious contenders out on the course currently.

Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) has come through the finish with a provisional podium time.

No major changes at the moment. We've just seen Michael Matthews finish but he's not challenging for the stage. 

Now things are getting serious as European TT champion Stefan Küng is preparing for his run,

McNulty powers across the finish line with a decent ride.

Stefan Küng out on the course! 

Asgreen approaches the Tour de France and is flying! 

Absolutely rapid start to the run from Stefan Küng. 

Kasper Asgreen trying to recover after his effort.

Oooh it's close at the second time check, 20km into the stage. 

Oh wow it looks like it's all gone wrong for Küng (if the on-screen timing is to be believed).

Küng crosses the line 16 seconds slower than Asgreen!

Here's how the provisional podium looks after after Küng finished. 

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) on the start ramp now.

One of cycling's more bizarre stories, is this: 

Küng looks absolutely devastated at the finish. 

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) out on the course. 

Geraint Thomas across the line. 

Riche Porte also three minutes down as he crosses the line. Ineos Grenadiers clearly not too worried about striking out for results in this stage. 

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) hits the start ramp.

Huge reaction as Julian Alaphilippe blasts past the crowds out on course.

Van Aert approaching the first intermediate time check 7km into his run and he's looking great so far.

Van Aert using a smaller gear then Küng did on this TT. The Belgian is running a 56 outer while the European champion used a huge 58 chainring.

Julian Alaphilippe has just finished his effort, but he's way down on the top times as he crosses the line 1-44 down on his team-mate Asgreen

First shots of the race leader warming up ready for his effort at 17.19 (16.19 UK). Judging by the way he's been riding this Tour Tadej Pogačar won't be holding back in his effort

We've got the top-10 on GC heading out on the road now. Rigoberto Uran is already underway, as is Pello Bilbao. Eighth overall Guillaume Martin has just rolled off the start ramp 

Wout van Aert is absolutely destroying this course. 

We're well into the top-10 now, as Richard Carapaz is starting his ride. 

Jonas Vingegaard is now off the start ramp too, and looking well up for this. There is only one rider left to start now...the yellow jersey Tadej Pogačar

Wout van Aert crosses the line 21 seconds faster than Kasper Asgreen, with only Vingegaard and Pogačar really capable of besting this time...and almost as soon as the Belgian crosses the line into the hot seat does the yellow jersey set off.

Wout van Aert stopped the clock at 35:53.34, the first to break the 36-minute mark, with an average speed of 51.94km/h

Pogačar looks strong on the TT bike, poetry in motion as his hips wiggle, shoulders shuffle and his legs push out more watts than you or I could ever dream of.

Rigoberto Urán takes a dodgy line coming into the second checkpoint, nearly colliding with the barrier, but saves it

Pogačar has already lost 17 seconds to Van Aert over the first few kilometres

Disaster for Pello Bilbao as his radio seems to have become dislodged, he tries to rearrange it before dropping it, his TT bars catching it, this will cost him a fair chunk of time

Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Mattia Cattaneo sets the provisionally fifth quickest time, another good ride for him. The Italian will likely finish just outside the top 10 on GC but has ridden a great Tour.

Wilco Kelderman is looking like he will usurp Ben O'Connor and move up to fourth overall. Kelderman is sporting the classic TT dribble look, which even for those with a limited knowledge of the sport can understand means he's giving it some welly

Richard Carapaz is going well too, faster than both Kelderman and O'Connor at the second check point, the Ecuadorian's podium place was already pretty much secure but is now certainly his

Pello Bilbao loses three minutes on Van Aert's fastest time, depending on Guillaume Martin's time he could move up to eighth

Pogačar is nearly 39 seconds slower than Van Aert at checkpoint two, 18 seconds slower than Vingegaard, looks like he's just easing himself to the finish, the race already won, the opposite to last year

Movistar's Enric Mas has successfully defended his sixth place from seventh-placed Alexey Lutsenko

Got that wrong earlier (blame the combination Tour fatigue and mathematical fallibility) O'Connor has successfully defended his fourth place in the overall from Wilco Kelderman

Carapaz crosses the line having lost more than two minutes but a good performance to confirm he'll be on the podium in Paris

Not long after Vingegaard crosses the line 32 seconds down on team-mate Van Aert, third best time, which Pogačar is unlikely to beat today

Tadej Pogačar sails into the finish, pushing a little bit as he confirms his yellow jersey. Two Tour participations, two victories. Sensational.

Stage 20 result

1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma, in 35-53
2. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, at 21 seconds
3. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma, at 32s
4. Stefan Küng (Sui) Groupama-FDJ, at 38s
5. Stefan Bissegger (Sui) EF Education-Nippo, at 44s
6. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, at 49s
7. Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates, at 52s
8. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, at 57s
9. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Eduation-Nippo, at 1-00
10. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, at 1-21

GC after stage 20

Tadej Pogačar will achieve the biggest winning margin at the Tour de France since Vincenzo Nibali in 2014, and also the largest gap between first and tenth since that year too

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