Tom Dumoulin is astonished: ‘This is quite a blow’

We didn’t see this coming Tom Dumoulin, like many Tour followers, was astonished with the finish of the 20th and penultimate stage of the Tour de France. It’s not his leader Primoz Roglic but his young compatriot Tadej Pogacar who will win the Tour de France after a spectacular victory in the individual time trial.

The mourning was great at team Jumbo-Visma. We hadn‘t taken this into account, this is quite a blow, said Dumoulin, who was good for the second time.

What should I say? It has happened. I wouldn’t know how Pogacar got up here a minute faster than I did, said Dumoulin after the ride over 36 kilometres of which the last 9 were up. There was nothing wrong with Roglic. He felt fine and finished fifth. It may not be the time trial of his life, but it‘s not so bad either. He is being beaten to value

Dumoulin didn’t know if Roglic might have suffered from the pressure after falling behind at the first measuring point. All I know is that I never want to hear intervals. That distracts me. But I don’t know how he deals with it.

The Limburger did not want to dirty up too many words about his own performance, which suddenly portrays him again as a contender for the podium in the time trial at next week‘s World Cup. When I finished, I thought my time might still be enough to win, but Pogacar was just too strong today. It was a totally different level. But my performance doesn’t matter here, we‘re losing the Tour. I’m just very disappointed about that. I drove well, but today it‘s of no use to me

Van Aert looked with pain in his eyes at losing Roglic

Wout van Aert finished fourth in the time trial of the Tour on Saturday, but that didn’t matter afterwards. His leader Primoz Roglic lost the final victory in the Tour to Tadej Pogacar. I am very disappointed, said the Belgian of Jumbo-Visma afterwards. I saw on TV how Primoz turned. It hurt my eyes to see him like that Van Aert rode the entire Tour in the service of the Slovenian but also won two stages. We hadn’t expected this at all. We have been working towards this for three weeks and we are losing the Tour

It’s a complete surprise. He was relaxed as always. There was nothing to indicate that things could still go wrong. We thought his lead (57 seconds) was enough. I’m surprised he was less. We were ready to finish but we came up against an incredibly strong Pogacar

We worked hard here for three weeks, we concentrated for three weeks, Van Aert continued. Everything actually went perfectly and we were ready to celebrate. This is hard for a moment, but we shouldn‘t blame ourselves. Primoz shouldn’t blame himself either, he did a fantastic job

Take a look at the results, the stage schedule and the standings in various classifications in the Tour de France.