Argos-Shimano rider Patrick Gretsch finished off his Tour de France on a high note, scoring an impressive 6th-place finish in the Stage 19 time trial, a tough 53.5km race from Bonneval to Chartres.
The 25-year-old German clocked a time of 1:04.13 on the mostly flat route, taking over the leader’s hot seat for nearly two hours before eventually finishing 1:16 down to eventual Tour winner Bradley Wiggins.
“I’m very please with my result,” said Gretsch after the top-10 finish on his Felt DA.
“After my 46th place in the first time trial I was a little bit disappointed. This makes up for it.”
Gretsch was very active in the previous day’s stage, Friday’s 222km Stage 18 road race. He was part of a breakaway that was caught on the final climb of the day.