Elche > Alicante 30.9km ITT
A time trial for the specialists.
The opening 17km is mostly downhill, this is where the damage will be done. The rest of the route is mainly flat, but there is a little climb near the end, but it’s only 750m at 5.2%. This is a terrible route for the little climbers, they are going to lose a huge amount of time to Evenepoel.
Sunny and the wind should be the same for all.
Remco Evenepoel – he’ll start the stage as the big favourite. Despite being a small climber, we all know he’s also a brilliant TT rider, this is a chance for him to put minutes into most of his GC rivals. He knows the route, but so will most as this is a very popular area for team camps. He’ll also have the extra motivation of having his family at the finishing line. Wearing the red skinsuit will be a little disadvantage.
Primož Roglič – despite losing more time to Remco on Sunday, I still expect him to do a good TT. I don’t think he’ll win, but he should be up there.
Rémi Cavagna – he’s used up some vital energy in the last two stages, but he’ll still be one of the best in this stage, the rest day is well placed for him.
Rohan Dennis – another big contender for the win, the Aussie has to start as one of the men to beat. He’s not going to the world championships, which is a shame, so this will be his last chance of taking a TT win this season.
Dylan Van Baarle – solid top 10 contender.
João Almeida – doesn’t look at his best, I doubt he’ll be challenging for the win.
Ethan Hayter – this is a big opportunity for him. He got close to Ganna and Van Aert in the Dauphiné TT, how will he match up against the likes of Evenepoel, Dennis and Cavagna? He’s the current British champion in this discipline and this is a great chance for him to win his first grand tour stage.
Thymen Arensman – he won the recent TT in the Tour of Poland, but the uphill grind that day was much more suited to him than this TT. He should still be aiming for the top 5, but he’s not winning.
Bruno Armirail – he’s the current French TT champion, but he doesn’t often threaten the podium in stage race TTs. I’m hoping riding in the jersey gives him a boost and we see him in the top 10.
Mads Pedersen – given his current form, he should be challenging for the win. He’s put a lot of extra work into this discipline in 2022, we’ll see if it pays off.
Fred Wright – another rider with excellent form, which should result in a strong TT performance. He was 8th in the final TT in the Tour de France, he’ll be happy with another top 10 result.