Chris Froome (Team Sky) has all but won the 2015 Tour de France as Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) snatched a solo win on one of cycling’s most iconic climbs the Alpe d’Huez. Pinot arrived at the base of Alpe d’Huez with Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team) and a small group that had formed on the descent of the Croix de Fer, Pinot soloed his way to victory as behind Nairo Quintana attacked Chris Froome and set about catching Pinot. Quintana fell short by 18 seconds to win the stage but put an impressive 1:20 into Chris Froome to close the gap to the leader down to 1:12. That gap will likely be the winning margin to Chris Froome as the final stage 21 is not normally ceremonial for the leaders. Quintana reflected on his stage 2 time loss …

“I gave everything right from the first week. We had some difficulties because I had crashed and I was alone in the wind. I lost a minute and 30 seconds and that’s what lost me the Tour,” said Quintana.

“It was the last day and I had to try, I had to go for it,” said Quintana. “I thought we could get away on the Col de la Croix de Fer but it didn’t work.

“I tried again on the final climb and got some time but it wasn’t enough and I lost the Tour.”

Nairo Quintana’s Alpe d’Huez time of 39:21 was the fastest since 2006 and the 21st fastest ever.

Chris Froome now leads the 2015 Tour de France by 1:12 from Nairo Quintana with Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde third at 5:25. Nairo Quintana will win the young rider classification, Peter Sagan has wrapped up the green jersey and Chris Froome has won the mountains classification.

Stage 20 winner Thibaut Pinot
Stage 20 winner Thibaut Pinot © ASO/G.Demouveaux
Nairo Quintana gained 1:20 on Chris Froome but will remain in second place.
Nairo Quintana gained 1:20 on Chris Froome but will remain in second place.
Chris Froome will win the 2015 Tour de France, Alejandro Valverde will have his best result of third.
Chris Froome will win the 2015 Tour de France, Alejandro Valverde will have his best result of third.

Video highlights Stage 20

Summary – Stage 20 (Modane Valfréjus > Alpe d… by tourdefrance_en

Results

Top 40 Stage 20 Modane – Alpe d’Huez 110.5km

PlaceRider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr3:17:21
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:18
3Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:41
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:38
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
6Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:41
7Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky0:02:11
8Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:02:32
9Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:02:50
10Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida
11Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:03:06
12Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:03:12
13Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:03:26
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:03:30
15Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
16Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
17Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
18Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
19Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
20Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
21Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:16
22Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:04:27
23Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:04:38
24Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:04:53
25Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:56
26Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:05:01
27Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:05:19
28Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:05:30
29Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:05:53
30Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
31Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
32Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN – Qhubeka
33Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN – Qhubeka
34Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
35Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
36Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:06:26
37Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:06:40
38Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:06:43
39Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:12
40Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

Top 30 General Classification Tour de France after Stage 20

PlaceRider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky81:56:33
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:12
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:25
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:36
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:09:48
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:10:47
7Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:15:14
8Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:15:39
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:00
10Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:17:30
11Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:22:06
12Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:22:50
13Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN – Qhubeka0:31:03
14Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:31:15
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:31:39
16Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:38:52
17Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo1:02:51
18Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:05:00
19Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling1:09:08
20Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale1:16:36
21Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo1:21:27
22Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team1:24:58
23Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team1:25:23
24Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team1:26:05
25Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 181:26:56
26Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:28:29
27Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing1:33:21
28Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo1:35:06
29Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha1:36:07
30Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida1:38:22

The final stage of the 2015 Tour de France finishes on the Champs-Élysées and is largely ceremonial save for the sprinters teams. There will be no change in the overall lead.

Stage 21 Sèvres - Grand Paris Seine Ouest / Paris Champs-Élysées 109.5km
Stage 21 Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest / Paris Champs-Élysées 109.5km

Tour de France Stage report by TBL – The Bike Lane

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