The penultimate stage of this year’s Tour saw the world’s best riders take to the road for a 31km Individual Time Trial (ITT) between Saint Pee Sur Nivelle and Espelette. It was a day for the General Classification (GC) contenders to make their last stand and one that allowed UAE Team Emirates’ leader, Dan Martin, to cement his place in the overall top 10 standings. His solo effort, which averaged 42.7km/h over a lumpy course, was 2:26” behind the yellow jersey and kept him in 8th position ahead of tomorrow’s procession through Paris, which will only be contested by the sprinters. The ITT was won by Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in 40:52”.
In addition to his Stage win and top 10 GC position, Martin rounded off his Tour by being awarded the Super Combativity prize for his aggressive, attacking style over three weeks of punishing racing. He was among eight riders shortlisted for the award, which was then decided by a public vote and jury deliberations. The title is a prestigious one and will be rewarded by a trip to the podium in Paris tomorrow – the first ever for a UAE rider on the Champs Elysees.