Tour de France 2019 Favourites stage 13: Geraint Thomas versus Wout Van Aert

Is Geraint Thomas going to put down a marker in the Pau ITT? Cyclocross champion Wout van Aert is a serious candidate also. (Slideshow route/profile)

Rohan Dennis is the winner of three out of four time trials at Grand Tours last year, but the World Champion abandoned the Tour de France in stage 12. His move to Bahrain Merida didn’t turn out so well for the Australian. Is it the time trial bike? Is it something else?

The length and profile of the Pau ITT is similar to the ITT during the Critérium du Dauphiné last month. Belgian time trial champion Wout Van Aert outclassed his rivals and he won the race 31 seconds ahead of Tejay van Garderen with Tom Dumoulin another 18 seconds further behind. By the way, almost all GC contenders on this Tour de France – except Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal – were in the Dauphiné and Steven Kruijswijk finished fourth, 49 seconds behind his team mate Van Aert.

Last year’s Tour de France ITT was a close battle between Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome with Geraint Thomas finishing in third.

Favourites 13th stage 2019 Tour de France

*** Wout Van Aert, Geraint Thomas
** Chad Haga, Kasper Asgreen, Wilco Kelderman
* Steven Kruijswijk, Yves Lampaert, Tony Martin, Stefan Küng

Take a look at the route of the 13th stage on the Tour de France.

Tour de France 2019 stage 13: route, profile, finale

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