- Stage 20: 1h 06' 21" (actual), 1h 07' 55" (prediction), 01' 34" slow (2.36% error)
Just ONE cyclist beat our prediction today! Throw out Martin's time and we miss the second-place time by only FIVE SECONDS. But, we can't do that! We'll take our error because watching Martin was watching time-trial cycling at its best. The image below shows Martin at the start and at the finish (click on the image for a larger view).
Note that Martin wore the distinctive rainbow jersey that signifies that he is the racing world champion. I snagged a few more images of Martin in today's race. The two below show his aerodynamic bike, streamlined helmet, and powerful body (click on the image for a larger view).
I love the rainbow-colored back wheel! The image below shows Martin on a downhill (click on the image for a larger view).
Note how he is off the saddle and compressed. He minimized his frontal area so as to reduce air drag. You simply won't find better time-trial technique! Below is Martin's impressive average speed.
- Stage 20: 13.56 m/s (48.83 kph or 30.34 mph)
The 2014 Tour de France comes to a close tomorrow with a 137.5-km (85.44-mi) flat stage that will be mostly ceremonial. Beginning in the commune of Évry, the stage finishes on the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris. Below is our prediction.
- Stage 21: 3h 17' 50" (prediction)