Going into the 20th stage of the 2013 Tour de France, Team Radioshack-Leopard-Trek was within striking distance of Team Saxo Bank in the Overall Team Classification, but three weeks of long, difficult climbs and horrendous weather conditions took its toll on the RSLT riders, who finished just 32 seconds behind Team Saxo Bank.
The team classification is calculated by adding the times of the three best riders of each team per stage; time bonuses and penalties are ignored. In a team time trial, the team gets the time of the fifth rider of that team to cross the finish, or the last rider if there are fewer than 5 left for the team.
The RSLT team threw everything it had into the last stage before Sunday’s largely ceremonial final night stage into Paris, the first night finale in Tour history.
Fan favorite Jens “Shut Up Legs!” Voigt attempted a bold solo attack Saturday, but he was absorbed by the peloton’s speed over the final high-points climbs.
There are two irrelevant points up for grabs in the best climber category on Sunday. The sprinters will have points and argy-bargy bragging rights available at the finish on the illuminated Champs-Elysees. The peloton will get “same-time” as the sprinters.
20th Stage Team Overall Standings:
1. Team Saxo-Tinkoff, 241 hours, 52 minutes, 5 seconds.
2. AG2R-La Mondiale, 8 minutes, 30 seconds behind.
3. RadioShack — Leopard, 8 minutes, 52 seconds behind.
20th Stage RSLT Individual Rider Overall standings (Behind leader)
14. Maxime Monfort +24’ 21”
18. Jan Bakelants 36’ 34”
20. Andy Schleck 42’ 29”
30. Andreas Kloden 1hr 00 26”
36. Haiman Zubeldia 1hr 26’ 46”
53. Didier Laurent 1hr 59’ 12”
58. Tony Gallopin 2hr 03’ 42”
67. Jens Voight 2hr 15’ 58”
104. Markel Irizaq 3hr 00 22”