The time trial in the Tour de France has once again clearly set the cards: Tadej Pogacar is top favorite number 1 for the overall win, Mathieu van der Poel extends his yellow chapter and Wout van Aert fell short for the stage victory.
1. Slipper Bissegger, damage at McNulty
Stefan Bissegger (23) and Brandon McNulty (23) have already proven to the youth and now the pros that they can time trial, but in Laval the bouquet of flowers was not for them.
Bissegger lost precious seconds after a slipper, although he can especially be congratulated for his correction ability.
McNulty, a teammate of Tadej Pogacar, crashed again and crossed the finish line with bloodied knees.
2. Brent Van Moer’s bottle cap
Brent Van Moer just couldn’t uncork the champagne on the podium in Fougères yesterday. If we see what happened to a bottle of soda today, we would have liked to see it during the ceremony…
3. Pogacar surprises friend and foe (again)
The winner? Tadej Pogacar! After the climbing time trial in La Planche des Belles Filles last year, he is now also doing it on the flat. The Slovenian impresses and may already be putting the Tour in a decisive fold.
4. Van Aert does not succeed in his mission
Wout van Aert spared himself for this time trial in recent days, but the stage win was never in it. Van Aert finished 4th in half a minute.
5. Van der Poel remains on his throne
Mathieu van der Poel seemed like a bird for the cat, but the Dutchman now also proved what he is capable of on a time trial bike. The all-rounder keeps the yellow, to the delight of Alpecin-Fenix (and Tadej Pogacar’s team?).