Tour Stage 20: Oh So Close

We are oh so close to the end of the Tour de France. We are oh so close to crowning the winner. We are oh so close, also, to having a real race on our hands in this time-trial. If you’ll let me indulge in some pointless, unfounded speculation: Imagine Dumoulin had not punctured back in Brittany — he could be within a minute of the lead and entering his element. Imagine Thomas had not had such a good race — Dumoulin, Roglic and Froome could be within thirty-two seconds of each other, fighting out the win on the roads of the French Basque Country. It’s almost enough to make you wish he wasn’t in the yellow jersey, actually. Anyway, the situation we have of course is that Thomas will win the race unless he crashes horribly in some fashion and there is a smaller scrap for second place. Here ...

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