Yellow Jersey on the Line
Saint-Émilion is not only famed for some of the best wines in the world but it’s also a place that has hosted the finish of two Tour time trials. Bernard Hinault won here in 1978 and Jan Ullrich in 1996. Who will it be in 2021? If the rider in the yellow jersey is more of a climber than a time trialist (perhaps Simon Yates), he’ll need to have a good lead on GC over rouleurs such as Roglič or Thomas, because it’ll be easy to lose one or two minutes over 31 kilometers. The course through the vineyards isn’t overly straight. There are frequent changes of direction and a short hill soon after passing through the Château Petrus winery. But it’s still a course for real specialists. In the third week, time trials are always a little bit biased when it comes to the riders’ intrinsic qualities, and in this case it won’t be an easy day for a climber.
On of a flat 150m straight on the 18.6 feet wide D243.