[Article was written before the start of the Tour de France and will be updated after the 19th stage.]
Obviously, the latter depends on his position on GC. The Dutchman never did it before, but in 2018 he is riding two Grand Tours for the GC back-to-back. At the Giro d’Italia he finished second behind Chris Froome, who supposedly will be his biggest rival in terms on the stage honours, and possibly GC also.
The course is tailor made for a rider with the characteristics of Dumoulin. Yes, he is a time trialist, but unlike most of other chrono specialists he is not afraid of an occasional climb. On the contrary. The route of the ITT in the Basque region suits his skills, as the road points uphill for over 4 kilometres once the riders roll down the start ramp. On undulating roads the route continues to a truly challenging finale. The Côte de Pinodieta is a double digits ramp of almost 1 kilometre before a 2.5 kilometres plunge flies down to the last 500 metres of false flat.
In 2017, Dumoulin pocketed the Giro d’Italia’s GC on the concluding ITT. Will he be able to pull off something similar at the end of the Tour de France?
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*** Tom Dumoulin, Chris Froome, Primoz Roglic
** Geraint Thomas, Tejay van Garderen, Maciej Bodnar
* Pierre Latour, Ion Izagirre, Stefan Küng, Bob Jungels, Michal Kwiatkowski
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Tour de France 2018 stage 20: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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