After four nervous days in Brittany, the peloton of Tour de France faced a 27-kilometer individual time trial between Changé and Laval, in Mayenne. The first of the two time trial events of this 108th edition was intended for rouleurs, as it was devoid of any major difficulties. The course alternated between slight climbs and long straights, especially between Louverné and Bonchamp-lès-Laval, and included a technical final in Laval with a dozen corners.
The first riders to start, including Georg Zimmermann at 12:42, could briefly enjoy good weather conditions. But the rain then hit the course, making the road wet for the riders who started within the first two hours. South African Louis Meintjes recorded the best time for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, completing the course in 34:56. The stage victory went to outgoing Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE).