Saturday July 23rd, 2016

Stage 20Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz

Start 13h00 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 20 (Megève / Morzine) - Tour de France 2016

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Ion Izagirre claimed his first Tour de France stage victory as he arrived solo in Morzine after riding away from Vincenzo Nibali and Jarlinson Pantano in the downhill of col de Joux-Plane. Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana took no risk to secured their spot on the final podium along with Chris Froome on the eve of the Parisian parade.

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“I'm very cold, very tired but very happy as well. With three stage victories and two distinctive jerseys, we have reversed the bad luck we endured at the beginning. I want to congratulate Chris Froome for his victory but we're also happy with our two jerseys [green and polka dot].”

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“Ion [Izagirre] took me by surprise in the downhill. He went very fast. He was at the limit and I didn't manage to catch him. I'm happy for him because he's a great rider and he always helped me a lot. This was a very difficult stage because of the rain and the downhills. There were very dangerous. I'm happy with the second place. You can't always win. It's been a good last week for me. It gives me confidence and motivation for the future.”

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“I was never meant to be focused over three weeks of racing. Yesterday I had my only real bad day and I saved myself pretty well. I maintained the white jersey and I'm super happy with that. The podium would have been nice but this is the Tour de France. It's only my second attempt. I'm happy with my performance and the team is too.”

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“I was expecting to be the super combative… last year. So, ok, I'm happy with it this year. It seems like the 2012 Tour de France when I won three stages and the green jersey. We made it up pretty well for the loss of Alberto Contador but that's normal because we're among the best teams in the world. I'm happy to finished this last week of mountains and I'm looking forward to tomorrow in Paris.”

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“I'm pretty sore, all my knee and my back, but my legs were better today than yesterday after the crash. I had that four minutes gap to play with. It gave me a breathing space. I just had to stay in front. It's a huge relief to cross that finish line. The last 24 hours have been pretty chaotic but my team-mates helped me so much to keep the yellow jersey on my shoulders. It's an amazing feeling [to win the Tour]. It could be like the first one again.”

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Romain Bardet (Ag2R): "It's a lot of emotion, I'm going to repeat myself but last night we took a lot of time to enjoy it and we were able to go back into it today to retain this second place. We managed the day well. It's an exceptional performance and we can be proud to have succeeded in these conditions. To be honest, I wanted to finish at the highest position I could in line with my abilities. I really enjoyed myself, I felt comfortable with the leaders, we were able to take risks and...

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Nairo Quintana: "I finish very happy. Three Tours, three podiums, it's a lot of joy. We finished this Tour on a stage win but also with the team victory, it's the first time. We did the best we could. We were rewarded and very happy with Ion's stage victory. We came with a more ambitious objective, we tried but this is the greets race in the world. I must be happy with this third place. I suffered from allergies but I felt better in the last couple of days. I thanks all the Colombians and...

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“There were many quality riders in our breakaway group. So we're very happy to finish ahead of them and win the stage. Beating Nibali in a downhill is something that counts in a career but Pantano also descents very well. I'm super happy. We came here with the SueñoAmarillo (yellow dream) but Froome was the strongest. At the end of the day, we're happy with a spot on the podium [Quintana third], a stage win and the teams' classification victory.”

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In recent years, the Tour de France has had a grand finale like at L'Alpe d'Huez last year on the eve of the Parisian parade. The novelty of 2016 is a downhill grand finale! Joux-Plane isn't just another climb. It's one of the Alpine passes the riders fear the most. Even Lance Armstrong was afraid of that one… It's the last of four climbs featured in a relatively short stage (146.5km). Everything can happen, say Romain Bardet and Chris Froome, among others. They know the history and the...

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