Tadej Pogacar is set to win the Tour de France ahead of strong favourite Primoz Roglic in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the race's history.
Meanwhile, Ireland's Sam Bennett defeated world champion Mads Pedersen in a sprint finish to win stage 21 on the Champs-Elysees sealing the green jersey on the final stage of the event in Paris.
Here in the time-trial, Pogacar pulverized the field with his stage-winning performance, and his team hugged and kissed him as they realized the 2020 Tour was theirs.
But none of the 176 riders who started, or the 146 finishers who were riding into Paris, tested positive in multiple batteries of tests, validating the bubble measures put in place by Tour organizers to shield them from infection. Roadside fans still cheered them on, mostly through face masks, but were kept well away at stage starts and finishes.
But Pauline Bourbonnaud, a 22-year-old podiatry student, said it was nothing short of "an exploit, enormous" that the Tour negotiated the epidemic with riders unscathed. "People needed the Tour after a year like this", she said.
Slovenian debutant Tadej Pogacar secured his Tour de France triumph in Paris on Sunday, becoming the second-youngest champion at just 21 years old.
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Roglic, who has been in control of the race with his all-powerful team in support, cracked in the closing miles and now trails Pogacar by almost a minute with only the final processional stage in Paris to come, where tradition dictates no attempts are made to overhaul the yellow jersey holder. "I'm sorry if it's coming across too much, I just want to enjoy it".
Pogacar's UAE Emirates team pocketed 623,930 euros ($738,798) thanks to his victory.
He fired a warning signal when he pipped Roglic by 8.5 seconds in the Slovenian National Time Trial Championships earlier this year, avenging the reverse result the previous weekend, when Roglic won the national title for the first time by seeing off Pogacar in the final 1.2 miles. His future rivals are unlikely to repeat Jumbo-Visma's mistake of allowing him to ride his way back into contention, as he did after losing time in crosswinds in the first week, when he slumped from third to 16th.
"Unforgettable", Pogačar said of a Saturday performance that left him on the cusp of becoming the youngest victor of the Tour de France in the post-World War II era and the second youngest champion ever.
In just four years, UAE Team Emirates has moved from being a start-up cycling team to a world class organisation that has now won the biggest bike race in the world with its star rider, Tadej Pogacar.
In 1904 Frenchman Henri Cornet won the Tour de France at the age of 19, and remains the youngest ever victor of the race.