Tour de France 2012: Stage 19 (Time Trial) live updates, blog
Tour de France 2012 (Poster by Chungkong)
The stage 19 Time Trial (TT) is a fast, flat and non technical 53.5kms from Bonneval to Chartres. Please join us for live blogging from 10.00pm AEST.
Planned by organisers to be a decisive stage, this individual TT now offers little in the way of GC fire works.
As major TT specialists Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara recover or rest at home it is not a question of if Bradley Wiggins wins but by how much.
With three weeks in the legs, Wiggins may not dazzle like in the other TT but the yellow jersey on the back and countless Union Jack and Wiggins mask draped fans along the route will see him try to fire up.
However, it would be nice to see Wiggins put his gas off the pedal a little once Sky’s 1-2 placings in the TT and the general classification are secured to allow Froome a stage win as a reward for his unwavering loyalty.
Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas Cannondale) is unlikely to lose his foothold on the third step of the podium as his nearest rival Lotto Bellisol’s Jurgen Van Den Broeck sits 3:12 behind.
Cadel Evans hopes to save face with a good performance but at 4:04 behind Van Den Broeck and 1:27 behind BMC team mate Tejay Van Garderen he is unlikely to move into the top five.
Just like Evans and many other riders in the peloton Team Sky’s Michael Rogers will be keen to test his form today ahead of the Time Trial at the London Olympics.
However, if Wiggins and Froome are on song, they look to have gold and silver already sewn up leaving Martin and Cancellara fighting over bronze.
So join us here at The Roar from 7pm to watch the fast men roll down the ramp on the eve of the final day in Paris.