93rd Tour de France - ProT
France, July 1-23, 2006
Results & report
Stage 18 - Friday, July 21: Morzine - Mâcon, 197 km
Live Commentary by Jeff Jones, with additional reporting from Anthony Tan,
Hedwig Kröner and Brecht Decaluwé
Live coverage starts: 12:40 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:10 CEST
A classic transitional stage heading
west out of the Alpes from Morzine with three rated climbs including the Col
de Berthiand with 66km to go. The Tour's GC is not likely to change much, as
the favourites will want to rest their legs for Saturday's ITT. With the rest
of the Tour peloton dog-tired, this will be a stage where strong riders can
get in a break and hang on until the end. Will Chris Horner finally score a
stage win in Mâcon in the heart of the Burgundy wine region?
Welcome to Morzine for our live coverage
of the 2006 Tour de France, which has been one of the most fascinating Tours
of the last 20 years. On Wednesday, we saw top favourite Floyd Landis seemingly
bow out of the race on the way to La Toussuire, losing over 8 minutes to Oscar
Pereiro and putting himself well out of the reach of the yellow jersey. But
yesterday, Floyd put in an audacious attack on the first climb of the day to
close a 10 minute gap to the breakaway up the road, before riding them off his
wheel one by one. And by the time he came down into Morzine, he still had an
amazing 5'40 over second placed Carlos Sastre and 7'08 on Pereiro, putting himself
back in contention for the GC! It certainly wasn't a conservative ride.
So after a very topsy-turvy Tour, there is one man - a dark horse if you will
- that I am tipping to win: Serguei Gonchar (T-Mobile). He showed he is the
strongest time trialist in the race by winning stage 7, beating Landis quite
comfortably. Sure, he's nearly two hours down on GC, but he could probably get
that back today with a well timed move halfway through the stage. Then, bang!
He strikes in tomorrow's TT. A brilliant strategy.
Either that or
everyone will play it softly in today's stage and let a break go away until
the finish. Sigh.
Climbs today: Côte de Châtillon-en-Michaille (km
98, Cat. 3, 5.1 km climb at 3.7 %), Col du Berthiand (km 130.5, Cat. 2, 4.7
km climb at 6 %), Côte de Chambod (km 139.5, Cat. 4, 1.9 km climb at 6.4 %).
Sprints: La Tour (km 29.5) and Polliat (km 169.5).
The temps are already 30 degrees
as the peloton completes 2.7 km of neutral riding before the flag drops for
the start of stage 18. And they're off!
Oscar Freire (Rabobank) was a non
starter today. He is sick and is on his way home. That gives Robbie McEwen (Davitamon)
a practically unbeatable lead in the points competition: 80 points over Erik
Zabel (Milram) in second place.
12:55 CEST 4km/193km to go
David Millar (Saunier
Duval), Yaroslav Popovych (Discovery) and Benoît Vaugrenard (FDJ) are the first
riders to launch an attack. Moreni, Gilbert and Paolini chase them, but are
caught. The three leaders are 28 seconds clear.
12:56 CEST 5km/192km to go
The lead drops back
to 15 seconds, as the peloton cranks into action. We're on!
13:00 CEST 7km/190km to go
The gap stays at 15
seconds as Millar, Popo and Vaugrenard try to make their escape stick. Popovych
is the best placed on GC, but is nearly 49 minutes down. Nah...
Vaugrenard drops out of the break,
leaving just Millar and Popovych dangling in front with 18 seconds.
13:06 CEST 15km/182km to go
The two in front
are now 25 seconds ahead of the field. There could be some interest in the first
bonus sprint at km 29.5.
13:08 CEST 18km/179km to go
And David Millar
and Yaroslav Popovych look to be away! They have 1'20 on the field now, as they
head towards Matringes.
13:15 CEST 24km/173km to go
No, they're not clear
yet. The peloton has wound it up in anticipation of the first sprint, and the
two out in front are just 25 seconds up the road.
13:18 CEST 26km/171km to go
Lang and Quinziato
try to get across to Popovych and Millar, but can't make the bridge. The bunch
gets to within 20 seconds of the leaders...
13:22 CEST 29km/168km to go
The leaders might
stay away until the sprint. The gap is 15 seconds, as they come into La Tour.
13:27 CEST 33km/164km to go
And Popovych takes
the sprint ahead of Millar, with McEwen third at 18 seconds. No time bonuses
for Pereiro, Sastre or Landis in that one.
Just after the sprint, the two leaders
are caught. The gap was too close, even though they weren't particularly dangerous
13:34 CEST 38km/159km to go
The bunch rolls along
together for a while, waiting for the next attack.
(Cofidis) is one rider who will be looking for a breakaway. "Today I want to
be in an escape, a breakaway, but the legs will decide on that. The motivation
is there so I’ll try for sure," the French rider told Cyclingnews.
13:37 CEST 42km/155km to go
The peloton passes
42 km and this could be a record average speed in the first hour, as it's been
a little downhill with a moderate tailwind.
13:40 CEST 45km/152km to go
Sylvain Calzati (AG2R)
is the next rider to have a go. He won stage 8 in a breakaway, and is obviously
on the hunt for another victory. But he is caught.
We spoke to T-Mobile's Michael Rogers
this morning, and he was definitely feeling the effects of yesterday's third
Alpine marathon. Did he expect lots of attacks today? "I hope not because I’m
still tired after yesterday’s stage. I was pretty bad but I’m not disappointed
because I’m still in the top ten in GC although I worked a lot for Klöden. I
will be happy if we see Paris."
13:43 CEST 47km/150km to go
A group of 15 riders
peels itself off the front, creating a 15 second gap between it and the bunch.
13:47 CEST 50km/147km to go
The breakaway is
now just 10 seconds ahead of the bunch, where Lampre is riding hard in pursuit.
50 clicks gone, and we're still in the first hour.
13:53 CEST 55km/142km to go
The riders in the
break: Egoi Martinez (Discovery Channel), David Zabriskie (Team CSC), Patrik
Sinkewitz (T-Mobile), Sylvain Calzati (AG2R-Prevoyance), Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner),
Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner), Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank), Mario Aerts (Davitamon-Lotto),
Matteo Tosatto (Quick-Step-Innergetic), Sébastien Hinault (Crédit Agricole),
Iñaki Isasi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Cristian Moreni (Cofidis), Benoît Vaugrenard
(Française Des Jeux), Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas), Jérôme Pineau (Bouygues Telecom).
They have 55 seconds.
Leipheimer is the best placed on
GC at 22'01, so it's not a big threat - at the moment!
The lead goes up to 3'30 as this
break will go all the way.
The average speed after the first
hour is 52 km/h! That's a record in this year's Tour.
"I think that a break will go through
today, but who will be in it, I don't know," Patrik Sinkewitz told Cyclingnews
this morning (he's in the break, removing any doubt). "The first 50-60 km will
be very fast again."
Will T-Mobile be able to surprise yet? "I hope
What was it like riding behind Floyd Landis yesterday? "I thought
that maybe he had a motor hidden somewhere! Usually when you're on someone's
wheel, you can spare some energy, but I just couldn't yesterday. I was constantly
in the red."
14:14 CEST 70km/127km to go
70 km covered and
the leading break has 3'50 over the peloton. One of these riders should win
Michael Rasmussen commented on the
tactics yesterday, when everyone gave Floyd Landis 9 minutes before CSC and
T-Mobile started to help out Caisse d'Epargne. "It wasn't really up to us to
chase him," said Rasmussen to Cyclingnews. "We're not the ones who have the
Tour favourite in our ranks. But I think there are definitely some other teams
who made a huge tactical error yesterday."
We asked the polkadot
jersey wearer what would happen today? "It might be possible to take the yellow
jersey today [laughs]. No, I think there are a lot of teams and riders who haven't
had anything yet, and today is their last chance. So it will be a very hard
start for sure, but as soon as the break is gone, nobody will be bothered any
more and it will be relatively easy. But then again, there's still the team
classification up for grabs."
14:21 CEST 75km/122km to go
The lead stabilises
a bit at 3'45. It was a fast start, but things are settling down now.
14:26 CEST 80km/117km to go
The leaders are 5
km from the feed in Leaz, with 4'00 over the main bunch.
We spoke to Cadel Evans this morning,
and asked him what he thought of Landis' attack yesterday. "When Floyd went,
I thought 'what the hell is he doing?' Tactically it seemed like the sensible
thing to do, but I didn't think he had the legs. Nobody did. He went so fast
from the start he rode the whole peloton off his wheel."
to attack today? "No plans at this stage."
David Lopez Garcia (Euskaltel) has
abandoned, leaving 141 riders in the race.
The lead is up to 4'25 as the break
of 15 passes through the feed zone. The first climb is another 8 km away.
Chris Horner (Davitamon-Lotto) predicted
a relatively quiet stage. "Today, the favourites are going to wait," he told
us. "Top 10 GC guys won't do anything. You couldn't do anything today, you'd
have four teams chasing, and then you'd be tired for the TT tomorrow. But all
the other guys off the top 10 will be attacking like crazy. Unless we get like
huge crosswinds, then something could happen with GC, but I don't think that's
14:38 CEST 88km/109km to go
The leaders take
on food, looking to see what yummy goodies they have in store today. "Where's
that burger I ordered?"
14:43 CEST 93km/104km to go
It ain't over yet...the
stage, that is. There is a bit of chasing going on in the peloton performed
by Saunier Duval and Lampre. The gap comes back to 3'42 as the leaders reach
the mighty Côte de Châtillon-en-Michaille (5.1 km climb at 3.7 %).
14:47 CEST 96km/101km to go
Zabriskie drops to
the back of the break, which sits 3'30 ahead of the peloton. Calzati leads on
the climb, which is fairly flat in this section.
14:52 CEST 98km/99km to go
The leaders reach
the top of the climb, with Aerts leading Zabriskie, Hinault and Calzati over
the top for the points. No-one sprinted for that, not even former mountains
leader Jerome Pineau.
The bunch is led by Saunier Duval with a Lampre
rider helping too.
After two hours, the average is a
brisk 48.4 km/h.
13th overall, Pietro Caucchioli (Credit Agricole)
told Cyclingnews this morning, "I haven’t had a good Tour de France but I showed
that I’m able to follow in the mountains. I wanted to be in the top ten and
I’m thirteenth overall so that’s not too far away from where I wanted to be."
14:58 CEST 103km/94km to go
Simoni leads the
peloton to the top of the climb, working pretty hard. Neither Saunier Duval
nor Lampre have won a stage, so they're interested in bringing the break back
well before the finish.
Floyd Landis looks happy in the peloton
after his ride yesterday. He's still got that bidon in his hand to cool himself
down as he sits behind former teammate Pereiro. He used 70 bidons yesterday:
either pouring them on his head or drinking them. It pays to keep cool and hydrated,
especially when it's over 30 degrees. It's absolutely critical, actually.
Landis told Cyclingnews at the start,
"I think today will be manageable. If we have to control, we will do it. I think
everything will be settled in the TT. You never know when you have a bad day,
but I should be ok."
We asked him about his podium sunglasses, and
he just started laughing with teammate Robert Hunter. "They protect my eyes
from the sun, they work pretty well," said Floyd with a big grin on his face.
15:06 CEST 108km/89km to go
The gap is down to
3'20 as the leaders continue to tap out a hard rhythm in front. Saunier Duval
will want to pull it back to less than a minute before the next climb, which
starts at km 125. That's a cat. 2 ascent and may give Millar another chance
to get away.
A puncture for Erik Zabel, who gets
a rear wheel change and is chasing on behind the Quick.Step car.
Simoni is on the front of the bunch,
working in the yellow train. Behind him, Lobato asks one of his teammates to
maybe go back for more bidons.
15:11 CEST 112km/85km to go
Flecha does another
turn in the break, powering it along the sunbaked roads. The gap is falling,
but slowly. 3'17.
15:16 CEST 116km/81km to go
The peloton passes
a beautifully inviting lake, but there's no time for a swim yet. They're on
a fairly big road here.
The break goes through Les Neyrolles rolling
along at 50 km/h. Leipheimer tucks on a small descent as they ride under a high
15:18 CEST 117km/80km to go
The chase is having
approximately zero effect. The gap hovers at 3'20 +/-, which is quite comfortable
for the leaders. 10 km from the next climb.
Rabobank's Joost Posthuma spoke to
us at the start today. "There will be a breakaway but no favourites will feature
in it because they aren't going to let them go away today. Landis will want
to control the race more and that will be possible because it will not be as
hard as the last few days."
About himself, "I'm not feeling my best
anymore but that's probably the same for everyone."
15:26 CEST 123km/74km to go
Along another even
more inviting lake (Lac de Nantua), the Saunier Duval men are still chasing
hard, with Lampre's Tiralongo helping them. Behind them sit Oscar Pereiro and
his merrie Caisse d'Epargne men, enjoying a bit of a break today. They'll probably
be thankful of that after riding themselves into the ground yesterday.
15:28 CEST 125km/72km to go
It's still 3'24 as
the 15 in front have more firepower than the seven or eight chasers behind.
The leaders go through Nurieux.
15:32 CEST 126km/71km to go
The leaders are now
on the Col du Berthiand (Cat. 2, 4.7 km climb at 6 %). Calzati sets a smooth
tempo in front.
The peloton is on the climb now,
with Saunier Duval in front.
The break reaches a steeper part of
the climb, and the pace slows. The gap is still 3'20.
Leipheimer takes over in front with
Tosatto and Calzati. The peloton races around a hairpin, led by Gilberto Simoni,
who checks back to see where his teammates are.
15:38 CEST 129km/68km to go
Calzati looks good
on the climb as he sets tempo, as the bunch rides past a stall selling flags.
Frank Schleck is near the front for CSC, keeping an eye on things.
15:41 CEST 130km/67km to go
Calzati leads all
the way to the top of the Berthiand, with Tosatto sitting in second and Scholz
third, then Quinziato and Martinez. The leaders once again:
Leipheimer (best on GC at 22'01), Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner), Egoi Martinez
(Discovery Channel), David Zabriskie (Team CSC), Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile),
Sylvain Calzati (AG2R-Prevoyance), Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank), Mario Aerts
(Davitamon-Lotto), Matteo Tosatto (Quick-Step-Innergetic), Sébastien Hinault
(Crédit Agricole), Iñaki Isasi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Cristian Moreni (Cofidis),
Benoît Vaugrenard (Française Des Jeux), Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas), Jérôme
Pineau (Bouygues Telecom).
15:45 CEST 133km/64km to go
In the peloton, Rinero
nearly takes out a spectator as he goes off the road for a bit. Phonak is also
on the front, while Kessler moves up too to grab a bidon from a soigneur. At
the top of the climb, it's De La Fuente and Brard leading over at 3'40. If they're
chasing, it ain't working.
The leaders are close to 90km/h on the
The leaders are on the next climb,
the cat. 4 Côte de Chambod (1.9 km climb at 6.4 %).
15:52 CEST 140km/57km to go
The two Gerolsteiners
work on the front of the break with Leipheimer taking the points from Scholz
and Vaugrenard. That's the last climb of the day, and they still have a 3'11
lead on the bunch.
15:57 CEST 142km/55km to go
The break hasn't
got away yet. The peloton, still led by Saunier Duval and Lampre, has them pegged
at 3'07. A bunch sprint today??
16:00 CEST 145km/52km to go
Sylvain Calzati sense
the danger and attacks, just like he did in stage 8 to Lorient, but Moreni brings
the break back to him. almost. Then Martinez jumps across.
16:02 CEST 147km/50km to go
The break reforms
on a small climb, with Flecha looking to be in trouble. Calzati attacks again
from the front, but Leipheimer is right on his wheel. Then Isasi has a go.
Leipheimer gets across to Isasi,
and the two get a 16 second gap to the rest of the break. There's a counter
from Martinez and Aerts. But they are marked heavily.
16:06 CEST 149km/48km to go
Pineau is the next
to try and get across to Leipheimer and Isasi. He'll have a hard time though.
They pass the rather fine Château de Bohas.
Pineau realises the futility
of it all and goes back to the break.
16:08 CEST 151km/46km to go
Isasi looks to have
a wasp or other stingy insect in his jersey. He's flapping it around, trying
to get rid of it.
The two leaders have 30 seconds on the rest of
the break, and 4'03 on the bunch. They ride through Ceyzeriat.
16:16 CEST 157km/40km to go
The bunch scares
some cows as it rides past.
Leipheimer and Isasi work well together,
but still only have 28 seconds, and the bunch is at 4'21.
sprints off the front of the bunch and yells at the race moto to get further
ahead off the front of the peloton. He's obviously not interested in a bunch
16:17 CEST 159km/38km to go
can't lose the points jersey as there simply aren't enough points left in the
final two and a bit stages. So maybe he wants Aerts to stay in contention for
the stage win. Or maybe he's just concerned with preserving the fairness of
16:19 CEST 160km/37km to go
The leading pair
now have 34 seconds as Leipheimer time trials ahead of Isasi. The break is working
behind to try to catch them, but the chase isn't that effective.
By the way, Jan Ullrich has been
fired from T-Mobile. You can read that here.
16:24 CEST 163km/34km to go
The two leaders are
getting close to 30 km to go, and are not in the clear yet. 24 seconds.
The bunch is now at 5'00. It's not coming back, despite the best efforts of
Saunier Duval, who have been 'punished' for missing the break.
16:28 CEST 167km/30km to go
Leipheimer is emulating
his compatriot Landis, pouring water on his head and riding with his arms draped
over the bars. But you can't call him a copycat: he was the one that tried the
long range move in Stage 16 (when Landis cracked), but it didn't work out for
the Gerolsteiner man.
Now all the Saunier Duval riders are pouring
water on their heads. This is obviously the key to winning the bike race.
16:30 CEST 169km/28km to go
The peloton passes
a babe on the side of the road, being minded by his mother. That was a special
request from reader Jim Strange.
Leipheimer and Isasi have just 18
seconds as they get close to the second sprint at Polliat. They need to ride
16:31 CEST 169.5km/27.5km to go
up past Isasi and does another strong turn, taking the six seconds at the sprint.
16:31 CEST 170km/27km to go
is third, but there isn't really a sprint. The chase is flat out. Leipheimer
drinks/pours another bidon.
16:33 CEST 171km/26km to go
The two leaders are
starting to croak as the gap comes down to 14 seconds. It was as much as 34
seconds. If they are caught, the attacks will begin anew.
rolls through for another turn in the chase group. Leipheimer looks back.
The peloton is falling further behind, now at 5'40.
16:35 CEST 172km/25km to go
The bunch rolls along,
up and down the little hills en route to the finish.
The two in front
haven't given up. They hold their gap at 15 seconds as they go under 25 km to
go, past a field full of Citroen Deux Chevaux.
16:37 CEST 174km/23km to go
Levi takes a bottle
from the water moto, drinking a bit and pouring a bit. Isasi follows him, getting
second hand spray.
In the peloton, Michael Rasmussen is taking it
easy at the back, looking quite relaxed.
The Liquigas car rides up beside
the chasing break, giving bidons to Quinziato and a few others.
has Ronny Scholz in the chase group, so maybe Gerolsteiner can pull something
out of this.
16:39 CEST 177km/20km to go
The two leaders are
slowly, but surely losing ground. They sit up a bit. Isasi does another turn,
but the gas has gone off. They are caught at 20 km to go. The bunch is now at
Maybe there's something to this throwing
water over your head trick. We've been trying it in the live commentary blimp,
but our keyboards are smoking for some reason. Hmm, maybe an exercise for after
the stage. Maybe it will work better with beer.
16:43 CEST 178.5km/18.5km to go
The bunch falls
back to seven minutes behind the leaders as Saunier Duval continues to set a
steady tempo. Pereiro's team actually has the yellow jersey. Maybe they are
interested in doing something.
16:43 CEST 179km/18km to go
Ronny Scholz attacks
the break next, and it's a good move. He had fresher legs. Vaugrenard chasing,
but gives up.
Moreni takes off after Scholz, and
16:45 CEST 181km/16km to go
The two chasers try
to catch Scholz, but the German keeps them at 3 seconds. Behind, Leipheimer
is spoiling all attempts to chase.
16:47 CEST 183km/14km to go
Three leaders now:
Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner), Cristian Moreni (Cofidis), Matteo Tosatto (Quick-Step-Innergetic).
Tosatto rolls through for a hard turn, then pours water on his head.
16:49 CEST 184km/13km to go
The gap between the
front three and the chasers is small. A splinter group is trying to get up with
Leipheimer, Quinziato, Flecha and a couple of others.
The bunch is
now 8'00 behind. Maybe Leipheimer can take yellow. Or get into the top 10 anyway.
16:50 CEST 185km/12km to go
The nearest chasers
are at 15 seconds: Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner - not working), Manuel Quinziato
(Liquigas), Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile), Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank), Jérôme
Pineau (Bouygues Telecom).
Finally Caisse d'Epargne gets to the front
of the bunch and starts working.
16:51 CEST 186km/11km to go
Two Italians and
a German are in front. They can all sprint a bit, so it could be an interesting
finish if they are not caught. Leipheimer is playing a good role in the chase
group of five behind. The other seven look beaten.
16:52 CEST 187km/10km to go
Moreni misses a turn
but Scholz fills the gap. Tosatto rolls through then gets on the back. Sinkewitz,
Quinziato, Pineau, Flecha and Leipheimer are at 22 seconds as they go under
10 km to go.
16:53 CEST 188km/9km to go
The first group is
at 24 seconds, the second at 30 seconds, the bunch at 8'21. This is looking
like a close finish. The first chasers look back and might be caught by the
second chase group.
There is a regrouping and Isasi,
Aerts and Hinault counter attack. Flecha follows them, and most of the rest
of the break. This won't work.
16:55 CEST 189.5km/7.5km to go
But the three
out in front won't mind that. Scholz, Tosatto and Moreni are still working well.
The peloton is strung out as it goes under 15 km to go, well behind the breakaway.
16:56 CEST 190km/7km to go
The trio in front
have 33 seconds, and this should be enough, unless the cooperation breaks in
Scholz is doing the bulk of the work,
while Moreni has missed a few turns.
16:57 CEST 191km/6km to go
Now Quinziato tries
to get across alone. But he is pursued at speed.
The Others let Quinziato go. He's
a good time trialist, but he'd be lucky to get up to the front group.
16:58 CEST 192km/5km to go
The leaders are under
5 km to go on the outskirts of Mâcon. Moreni is still soft pedaling a bit. But
now Scholz misses a turn.
16:59 CEST 193km/4km to go
Quinziato goes under
5 km to go as the leaders get to the inskirts of Mâcon. They ride over a bridge
and have 4 km left.
They have to keep the tempo up, but
Quinziato is now at 38 seconds. The rest of the chasers are at 52 seconds. They
won't come back.
Scholz looks to be the strongest, but...
17:01 CEST 194km/3km to go
Moreni leads as they
get to 3 km to go, then Scholz again around a roundabout that keeps on going.
17:01 CEST 194.5km/2.5km to go
Scholz gets a
little gap, sees it, and attacks. But Tosatto chases him down. Moreni in third.
17:02 CEST 195km/2km to go
Scholz keeps on riding,
then Moreni goes through for a turn. Tosatto misses it and Scholz obliges by
doing another turn under 2 km to go.
Tosatto sits in third wheel as Moreni
and Scholz swap off. Scholz looks fast. He's keeping the tempo up so the other
two won't attack.
17:03 CEST 196km/1km to go
Scholz goes through
again, Tosatto drops back, looks at Moreni, who shakes his head. 'No, really,
17:03 CEST 196km/1km to go
Scholz leads under
1 km to go. Now he'll have to slow down.
Scholz might be doing too much...
Scholz must be confident, but he
doesn't pull off. 500m.
17:05 CEST 197km/0km to go
Tosatto looks back
at Moreni, who gets ready. They go past Scholz at 400m. Then Scholz is gone.
It's Tosatto who wins!!!! Moreni second, Scholz third. Quinziato fourth.
Sébastien Hinault beats Pineau for
Scholz basically threw that away in the final kilometre.
He didn't even attempt to get Tosatto and Moreni to come past him. Oh well,
nice win by Tosatto, for sure, but it was a strange sprint.
and T-Mobile are driving the bunch home to protect their guys top 10 GC places.
Well, they couldn't win with Tom
Boonen, but Quick.Step has managed to save its Tour with Matteo Tosatto's win
in Mâcon. He used his experienced to outwit Scholz, who looked strong but didn't
get himself into the right position.
Eisel wins the sprint for 16th
about eight minutes behind the stage winner. McEwen didn't bother contesting
No changes to the GC, which means
tomorrow's time trial will more than likely decide the Tour de France, unless
it's that close that bonus seconds will count on Sunday. The final stage isn't
always a parade...
Join us again in the super-hydrated Hindenburg
V-1 for our live coverage of Stage 19!
1 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic 4.16.15
2 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis
3 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.02
4 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas 0.47
5 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole 1.03
6 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
7 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
8 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
9 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel
General classification after stage 18
1 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 84.33.04
2 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 0.12
3 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak 0.30
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile 2.29
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 3.08
6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 4.14
7 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance 4.24
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance 5.45
9 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 8.16
10 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile 12.13
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