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On the last stage of the 2023 Tour de France before Sunday’s march to Paris, there is likely to be a bitter fight for the polka-dot jersey and stage win.
The 20th stage is relatively short at 133 km and leads from Belfort to the Le Markstein ski area in the Vosges. It includes six categorized climbs. There are King of the Mountains points at the top of each climb and Giulio Ciccone, under pressure from Austrian rider Felix Gall, must collect as many as possible to retain the points.
Meanwhile, Jonas Vingegaard would happily cap his second Tour de France win by winning a stage wearing the yellow jersey, but he will face stiff competition from the other climbers in the peloton, not least Thibaut Pinot, who is looking to win the fourth Tour stage of his career in his last hurray before retirement.
Follow the updates from Stage 20 of the Tour de France below.
Tour de France LIVE – Vingegaard, Pogacar and Gall stay clean
11 km to go: The top three climbers in this year’s Tour de France are edging out Pinot, Pidcock and Barguil – the Brit tries to react but doesn’t last long. This is the last time Thibaut Pinot will attack on a mountain stage of the Tour de France. Chapeau.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:54 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Six riders are now leading the race
Vingegaard, Pogacar and now Felix Gall have caught up with the top three: Pinot, Pidcock and Barguil. So these six riders are leading stage 20 and surely one of them will win the day at Le Markstein.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:51 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Pogacar attacks!
12 km to go: Tadej Pogacar starts ahead of the yellow jersey group! Only Vingegaard answers and the two are suddenly only 20 seconds away from Pinot. Pinot has now been caught by Pidcock and Barguil – there are now three in the lead! Action everywhere.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:49 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Pinot struggles to persevere
15 km to go: Pinot’s lead has been reduced slightly on the descent as they now climb towards the final summit of the day – the Col du Platzerwasel. That puts Pinot 12 seconds ahead of the flying Tom Pidcock and Warren Barguil, and the yellow jersey group is now less than a minute behind Pinot. Does the French crack?
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:47 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – David Gaudu crashes
20 km to go: David Gaudu is down! On the descent, he falls out of nowhere and the Frenchman, who is on the hunt for a top 10 finish, has to shake off what appears to be a painful fall.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:37 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Pinot begins descending final climb
25 km to go: Pinot tops the penultimate climb and starts the 10km descent with a 30 second lead over Pidcock and the chasers – it’s a phenomenal solo attack. How much does he have left for the last climb? It will be a famously emotional win if he can pull it off in his final Tour de France. The yellow jersey group is still 1 minute and 30 seconds behind.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:31 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Pinot leads Pidcock and Barguil
French fans go berserk as Pinot pours out in droves of fans parting ways for their hero. Behind him, Chris Harper has lost contact with Barguil and Pidcock.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:27 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Pinot leads Pidcock, Harper and Barguil
27 km to go: Pinot charges to the top of the Petit Ballon all by herself, 20 seconds ahead of Pidcock, Harper and Warren Barguil, who has got behind the wheel. When he gets to the top you can bet Pidcock will come down the descent and catch up on that time gap – it could be a head-to-head duel on the final climb.
The yellow jersey group is still 1 minute and 20 seconds behind Pinot. Did Vingegaard, Pogacar and Co. manage to win the stage too late?
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:25 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Pinot takes the solo lead
30 km to go: Pinot goes alone! He has clearly broken away and is trying to take a decisive step to win the race. Britain’s Tom Pidcock (Ineos) and Australia’s Chris Harper (Jayco-Alula) are the only two able to ambush him, now around 15 seconds behind Pinot.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:19 p.m
Tour de France LIVE – Thibaut Pinot attacks!
33 km to go: The breakaway hits the first of the last two climbs and Thibaut Pinot goes flat out! The Vosges are the home of the great Frenchman and he takes the lead. Tom Pidcock and a handful of the other breakers went with him.
They are now 1 minute and 30 seconds ahead of the yellow jersey group and that gap is growing.
Lawrence OstlereJuly 22, 2023 3:10 p.m