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The 2017 Tour de France is nearing a conclusion, as Stage 20 is set to decide the general classification of this year’s event on Saturday in Marseille.
A time trial will be held across 22 kilometres of the city as yellow jersey holder Chris Froome chases his fourth Tour de France victory.
The British star has been the model of consistency with his Team Sky team-mates, but Froome can now show his pace as he attempts to ride to glory.
Here is how you can watch the action:
TV Info: Eurosport, ITV 4 (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: Eurosport website, ITV app, NBC Sports Live service
Here’s a video of the route, per CyclingnewsTV:
The sprinters have saved their legs for the final time trial of the tour, but all eyes will be on Froome as he crosses the line.
Team Sky’s top man leads the general classification by only 23 seconds, but his rapid pace should see him defeat his opposition.
Froome is excellent in these scenarios, and he is experienced when racing against a ticking clock.
The Brit conserved his energy during the long distance of Stage 19, and he will be as fresh as possible for his last stand.
Here is the latest general classification before the time trial, according to ITV Cycling:
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Here’s a quick look at the GC after stage 19. Not much change! #itvtour https://t.co/8NKpDuT9AH
According to CyclingNews.com, Froome was hopeful ahead of Saturday’s action:
“It was a good opportunity for us GC guys who have had a tough time in the Alps to regain a bit energy and sit on the wheels ahead of tomorrow’s time trial.
It’s definitely a fast course, there’s a small climb out the back of Marseille. I think it suits me well, it’s quite a power time trial. I certainly think someone like Roglic or Tony Martin could be fighting for the stage win tomorrow.
Certainly at this point it’s my race to lose. I have to make sure I do everything right, follow the right processes and hopefully not have the bad day. I’ve got the legs, and hopefully everything else will be alright.”
Home favourite Romain Bardet will be cheered to the rafters as he chases the yellow jersey, but Froome will have to suffer a catastrophe to not be crowned the winner in Paris.
Colombian star Rigoberto Uran lies just behind the Frenchman, but his challenge seems unrealistic at this late stage.
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Team Sky have planned their tour to perfection, and once again, they have been the organisation with the most conclusive tactics.
Froome has remained conservative in the saddle, but his experience of the latter stages of grand tours has once again delivered him the position he craves.
The Brit needs a clean run in Marseille, and then he can think about riding into the French capital to be crowned a four-time winner.
Froome is edging towards legendary status, and his expected win will see him sit among the heroes of cycling.