Nikias Arndt put in a huge effort at the penultimate stage of the Tour de France today, as he finished the day in 7th place.
It was a day for the fast men to shine at stage 20, as riders contested the final individual time trial at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. The parcours featured everything from a flat and fast section, a more technical section, a 1.2 kilometre climb and a short fast descent before the run in to the finish.
Stage 20 gave Nikias Arndt the chance to shine once again. After a powerful start he reached the first checkpoint after 12 minutes and 9 seconds, setting the 9th fastest time. Nikias continued to navigate his way around the course perfectly and by the time he reached the second time check he had moved up to 7th place overall. Team Sunweb’s German powerhouse finished the day in a time of 28 minutes and 43 seconds, just 28 seconds down from the fastest time to place him 7th on the stage.
Warren Barguil also put in a solid ride to finish the course with a time of 29 minutes and 24 seconds to further secure his position at 10th in the overall standings.
Michael Matthews navigated his way around the course safely and will wear the green jersey once again for the final stage tomorrow.
After the stage Nikias said: “It was a really nice course for a time trial with various different parts such as a fast section, technical section and a climb. The legs are feeling good and I just enjoyed the ride. I’m really pleased to come away from the stage with 7th place.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “Both Nikias and Warren did a really good time trial today. It’s clear that they are both on a really high level coming to the end of this Grand Tour. The course was really technical but the guys managed it perfectly, the climb in the middle was quite challenging so it’s great to see times like this from the guys. Overall a good stage and it’s good to see everyone around the course safely, and we’re all looking forward to tomorrow’s stage.”
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