They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me
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Saturday was Stage 20 in the Tour de France -- the fourth day in the Alps and the last day before the somewhat ceremonial run into Paris. Two brutal HC, Beyond Category, climbs today -- including the finish on the legendary Alpe D'Huez. This Tour was very heavy on the mountain stages, and it shows in the results.

Chris Froome (U.K. -- Team Sky) earned enough points today to take over the Polka Dot Jersey of the King of the Mountain competition as best climber. But he won't wear the Polka Dot Jersey tomorrow, because he is still in the Yellow Jersey of the overall winner. And Yellow takes precedence. He's worn yellow for 15 of the 20 stages so far and has 29 yellow jerseys in total. Tomorrow will be 30, a new Tour record.

Nairo Quintana (Columbia -- Team Movistar) earned enough points today to take 2nd in the Polka Dot Jersey. But he won't be wearing the Polka Dot Jersey tomorrow either, because he is still in the White Jersey of the best young rider. And White takes precedence.

Romain Bardet (France -- Team AG2R) had been leading the Polka Dot Jersey -- and despite being in third place after today, he will wear the Polka Dot Jersey into Paris as the Honorary King of the Mountain. He is also second place in the White Jersey competition, but to show how good Quintana is, Bardet is 14 minutes behind.

Froome is leading with a time of 81:56:33 and is just 1:12 of Quintana. But... by tradition, the jerseys are set, so Stage 21 into Paris is more of a coronation for the winners than a race. Froome also won the 2013 Tour de France.

To round out the results, Peter Sagan (Slovakia - Team Tinkoff-Saxo) clinches the Green Jersey for best sprinter. And Team Movistar wins the Team competition (Yellow Helmets) with a combined time of the first three riders*** of 246:55:21 and 57:23 ahead of Team Sky.

Whew. It has been a spectacular Tour de France and I am sorry to see it go. Til next year, au revoir!

UPDATE: The end was as predicted. There's another award, but not a colored jersey, for the Most Aggressive rider -- given to Bardet, the man who wore but didn't win the Polka Dot Jersey.

Quintana came in 2nd overall behind Froome, but won the White Jersey. Some result as 2013. For 2016, I guess he'll be over 25 on January 1st, so I suppose he'll just have to win the Tour outright.

Dr. Phil

*** -- This is the first year that I recall NBCSN actually explaining how the team competition works in detail. It's the sum of the three fastest riders on each team, except that the time for the Team Time Trial is taken from the fifth team member to cross the finish line. There were 19 teams of 9 men each -- 160 riders started Stage 20 and I believe that this morning there were only two intact teams left.

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