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Tour de France: Dumoulin favorite for Saturdays TT – Preview with start times

Since the last stage in Paris will be the usual ceremonial affair, Saturday's time trial will be the last general classification of the 2018 Tour de France. If nothing out of the ordinary happens, Geraint Thomas will be crowned overall World Champion by Team Sky, but there are still places to fight.

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The 31-kilometer test from Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette brings the peloton to the French Basque Country. The race has been around the region many times, but it is the first visit since the start of the stage at Cambo-les-Bains, just one road off the time trial.

The course is typically Basque with rolling roads and sharp climbs that already squeeze tired legs. The weather is typically Basque with rain showers that populate the streets and contribute to an already difficult challenge. The time trial begins and ends in the heart of the French Basque Country, the first rider is replaced at 1

2 clock by Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle.

Also known as Senpere in the Basque language, the city lies on the Nivelle River, which leads west and out into the Bay of Biscay. The drivers will go in the other direction: east to Espelette – or Ezpeleta -, known for the production of chili pepper, which is used in many dishes of the region.

There is a direct road from Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette, but the track is technically demanding and exhausting – much more than last year in Marseille

The first climb almost welcomes the drivers immediately before they equalize in Hergaray, four kilometers. There are still three kilometers of rolling roads before a short descent and another strong climb to the first checkpoint at 13 kilometers, and the road continues to rise for another four.

The relentless up and down does not stop, with another descent and rises 22 kilometers after the day to Checkpoint 2. The most difficult test takes place just a few kilometers from the finish with the 900 meter Col de Pinodieta. It could be short, but it's an average of 10.2 percent, and will be a hammer blow for anyone who's already at the limit.

"It's a very tough time trial" Bob Jungels of Quick-Step said Cyclingnews . "We did a reconnaissance shortly after the Critérium du Dauphiné, a nice time-trial in the Basque Country style with many ups and downs, small roads and steep climbs that make it difficult.

" There is a very steep final Rise, and I think that will make a big difference if you go too deep before. If you have a bit of a bad day then I think you could lose a lot of time.

"I have to see how I am doing," said Jungels. "I had a very good first week, and I can not really explain what has happened in the last two weeks, but we will see how I feel in the time trial." Although it's a tough test, we can expect all riders to be on time bikes, though gear selection might be the key to laying out the maximum possible power.

The Lie of the Country

Thomas will be the last driver of the ramp and is in a very comfortable position with a 2:05 lead over Sunwebs Tom Dumoulin, having won a few bonus seconds on Friday in Laruns.

Thomas is a very strong time-trialist, although World Champion Dumoulin is the big favorite for the stage, and probably will take the time out of the Welsh. However, Thomas should be spaced enough to keep him safe and ready to drive in Yellow on Sunday in Paris.

"Tom is always good in the confused time trial classes, where the pace is difficult, and has shown that he can win any kind of course, but most of all, this kind of course," said Dumoulins Sunweb team-mate Chad Haga opposite Cyclingnews . "When everyone is riding at a normal level, he can take his time, but I do not see that Tom is in yellow, but crazy things have happened.

" I'm looking forward to it – for me and for Tom, to see what he can do it, "Haga continued. I do not think too much about it because it's the last day before Paris, so you have to race it with your legs and give it everything because it's nothing to save yourself from.

Dumoulin will be hit in the time trial mainly by the man behind him, Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo, who is only 19 seconds back in the standings, but a mechanical problem could have catastrophic consequences for second place.Roglic will again have to keep an eye on fourth-placed Chris Froome if he wants to keep his place on the podium.

Many were expecting title holder Froome to pull something out of his pocket this week, but instead he was watching in the last few days With a 2:37 lead over his team-mate Thomas, Froome finally defeated after the final mountain stage, although he still has a chance of making it back onto the podium, only 13 seconds to Roglic but the Slovene is not against the clock.

Further down the table, the composition of the top 10 is unlikely to change too much, w In the 11th place, Jungels is ranked four minutes behind the 10-placed Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), who is ninth a minute and a half behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

The time trial is not Quintana's strength, and though he is ninth place could be threatened by Zakarin, he will probably not give more than five minutes for Jungels, especially with this hilly terrain.

Zakarin is likely to be the best-placed driver in the standings, although he is only one place ahead thanks to a placement of the eighth-placed Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), who is too far away can drive five minutes before the Russians.

The gap between Martin in eighth place and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) in fifth place is just a shade over two minutes, and in between there are chances for a change. Kruijswijk is not a specialist, but he can hold his own in a TT, while Mikel Landa (Movistar), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Martin are not well-known time triallists, to put it mildly. You could still switch places if one of them has a bad day after going too deep into the mountains.

The stage victory is likely to be decided between the overall contenders, without well-known TT specialists remaining in the field after the departure of Katushas Tony Martin in the first week. Bora-Hansgrohe's Maciej Bodnar won the "race of truth" last year in Marseille and although we can expect a good performance on Saturday, he will hardly bother the top riders.

Dumoulin must be the clear favorite in his rainbow skinsuit, but Roglic made great strides in the discipline and was able to push him hard.

Start times (all CET)

[1 9459026]

1 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p / b Cannondale 12:00:00
2 Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) Groupama-FDJ 12:01:30 [19659034] 3 Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimensions 12:03:00
4 Jasper De Buyast (Bel) Lotto Soudal 12:04:30 [19659034] 5 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ Amund Grändahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo 12:07: 30
7 Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 12:09:00
8 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) United Arab Emirates Team Emirates [19659028] 12: 10:30
9 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors 12:12 : 00 [19659030] 10 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 12:13:30
11 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energy 12: 15:00
12 Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 12:16:30
13 Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p / b Cannondale 12:18:00
14 Lukas Pstlberger (Author) Bora-Hansgrohe 12:19:30
15 Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert 12:21:00
16 [19659027] Tom Scully (NZL) EF training First-Drapac p / b Cannondale 12:22:30
17 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 12:24:00 [19659027]
18 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 12:25:30 [19659027]
19 [19659027] Olivier Le Gac (France) Groupama-FDJ 12:27:00
20 Marco Marcato (Ita) United Arab Emirates Emirates 12: 28: 3 0
21 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 12:30:00
22 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 12: 31:30
23 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions credits 12:33: 00
24 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott [19659028] 12:34:30
25 Luke Durbridge (Aus ) Mitchelton-Scott 12:36:00
26 Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 12:37:30
27 Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energy 12:39:00
28 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty -Groupe Gobert 12:40:30
29 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions credits 12 : 42: 00
30 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors 12:43:30
31 [19659027] Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates [1 9659028] 12:45:00
32 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p / b Cannondale Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 12:48:00
34 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 12:49:30
35 [19659027] John Degenkolb (Germany) Trek-Segafredo 12:51:00
36 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimensions 12:52:30 [19659027]
37 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 12:54:00
38 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Merida 12:55:30 [19659034] 39 Simon Gerrans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 12:57:00
40 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal 12:59:00
41 Rory Sutherland (From) United Arab Emirates Team 13:01:00
42 Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic [19659028] 13:03:00
43 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar team Cofidis, Solutions Acknowledgments 13:07:00
45 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 13:09:00
46 Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p / b Cannondale 13:11:00
47 Florian Vachon (France) Fortuneo-Samsic 13:13: 00
48 Laurent Pichon (France) Fortuneo-Samsic 13:15:00
49 Dion Smith (NZl ) Wanty group Gobert 13:17:00 [19659030] 50 Kevin Ledanois (France) Fortuneo-Samsic 13:19:00
51 Marcus Burghardt (Germany) Bora-Hansgrohe 13:21:00 [19659027]
52 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty Group Gobert 13:23:00
53 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 19659028] 13:25:00
54 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energy 13:27: 00
55 Edward Theun's (Bel) Team Sunweb 19659028] 13:29:00 [19659027]
56 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty Group Gobert 13:31:00
57 Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energy 13:33:00
58 Michael Scherr (Swi) BMC Racing Team 13:35:00 Katusha-Alpecin 13:37:00
60 Elie Gesbert (France) Fortuneo-Samsic 13:39:00
61 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Yet) Dimension Data 13:41:00
62 Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions credits 13:43:00
63 Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo 13:45:00 [SilvanDillier(Switzerland)AG2RLaMondiale 13:47:00 [19659034] 65.
64 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 13:49:00
66 Paul Martens (Dt) LottoNL-Jumbo 13:51:00 19659027]
67 Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-Alpecin 13:53:00
68 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 13:55: 00
69 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 13:57:00
70 Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimensions 13:59: 00
71 Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden) Groupama-FDJ 14:01: 00
72 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut.) Bora-Hansgrohe 14
73 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energy [19659028] 14:05:00
74 Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb 14: 07: 00
75 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky 14:09:00
76 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 19659028] 14:11:00
77 Nikias Arndt (D) Team Sunweb 14:13:00
78 Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Emirates Team 14:15:00
79 Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team 14: 17:00
80 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 14:19:00
81 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 14:21:00
82 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 14:23:00 [ 8359027]
83 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 14:25:00
84 Marco Mi nnaard (Ned) Wanty group Gobert 14:27:00
85 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 14:29:00
86 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 14:31:00
87 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 14:33 : 00
88 [19659027] T om-Jelt Slagter (Ned) Dimensions 14:35:00
89 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty Group Gobert 14:37:00
90 Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team 14:39: 00
91 Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana pro team 14:41:00 [19659030] 92 Stefan KŸng (Switzerland) BMC Racing Team 14 : 43: 00
93 Sören Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 14:45:00
94 Mathias Frank (Switzerland) AG2R La Mondiale 14:47:00
95 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb 14:49: 00 [19659027]
96 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 14:51:00
97 Andrey Amador (CRc) Team Movistar 19659028] 14:53: 00
98 Jesus Herada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Thanks 14:55:00
99 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Co Fidis, Solutions Credits 14:57:00
100 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:01:00
102. 19659028] 14:59:00
101 Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team 15:03:00
103 [19659027] Maxim e Bouet (France) Fortuneo-Samsic 15:05:00
104 Amael Moinard (France) Fortuneo-Samsic 15:07: 00
105 Arthur Vichot (Miss) Groupama-FDJ 15:09:00
106 Sylvain Chavanel (Miss ) direct energy 15:11:00
107 Rudy Molard (Miss) Groupama-FDJ 15:13:00
108 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) United Arab Emirates Team Emirates 15:15:00 [19659034] 109 Daniel Martin (Irl) United Arab Emirates Team Emirates 15:17 : 00
110 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNL-Ju mbo 15:19:00
111 Julien Bernard (France) Trek-Segafredo 15:21:00
112 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 15:23:00
113 Julian Aaphilippe (France) Quick-Step Floors 15:25:00
114 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 15:27:00
115 [19659027RobertGesink(Ned)LottoNL-Jumbo 15:29:00
116 [19659027] Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 15:31 : 00
117 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energy 15:33:00
118 [19659027] Greg Van Avermaet Bel) BMC Racing Team 15:35:00
119 Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p / b Cannondale 15:37: 00
120 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 15:39:00
12 1 Simon Geschke (D) Team Sunwe b 15:41:00
122 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 15:43:00
123 Mikel Nieve (spa) Mitchelton-Scott 15:45:00
124 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 15:47:00
125 Damiano Caruso (19659027) Ita) BMC Racing Team 15:49:00
126 Guillaume Martin (France) Wanty-Groupe Gobert 15:51:00
127 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe [19659028] 15:53:00
128 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 15:55:00
129 [19659027] Warren Barguil (France) Fortuneo-Samsic 15:57:00
1 30 Tanel Kangert (East) Astana Pro Team 15:59:00
131 Egan Bernal (Col.) Team Sky 16:01:00
132 Team Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 16:03:00
133 Pierre Latour (France) AG2R La Mondiale 16:05:00
134 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 16:07:00 [19659027]
135 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 16:09:00
136 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katuscha-Alpecin 16:11 : 00
137 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 16:13:00
138 Daniel Martin Irl) UAE team Emirates 16: 15:00
139 Romain Bardet (France) AG2R La Mondiale [1 9659028] 16:17:00
140 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 16: 19: 00
141 [19659027] Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 16:21:00
142 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 16:23 : 00
143 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo 16:25:00
144 Tom Dumoulin Ned) Team Sunweb 16:27:00
145 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 16:29:00

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