94th Tour de France - ProT
France, July 7-29, 2007
Results & report
Stage 13 - Saturday, July 21: Albi - Albi, 54km
Live commentary by Shane Stokes and Bjorn Haake
Complete live report
Live coverage starts: 13:00 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:30 CEST
Contre la Montre individuel at the Tour and Cyclingnews brings you all
the action live from France. The race of the truth today is 54 kilometres long
and features a cat 4 climb. The top of the climb is located 15.5 kilometres
from the finish, and the riders want to make sure they save a little bit, but
not too much, for the final run-in to the line.
With 45 riders now finished their
race against the clock, British TT and track specialist Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis)
holds the early lead. The world points race and team pursuit champion covered
the 54 kilometres in 1 hour 8 minutes and 48 seconds; that's 42 seconds better
than Predictor-Lotto's Leif Hoste.
Quick.Step - Innergetic's Sébastien
Rosseler is third, 1'21 back.
The big news is that the big Swiss
engine Fabian Cancellara appears to be out of steam today; he was second at
the first time check, 29" behind Wiggins, and faded to fourth, 2'06 back by
the second (km 35.6).
By the third point (km 38.5) he had
dropped to tenth and then slipped further to eleventh by the last intermediate
check, 49 kilometres from the start. He had lost 4'24 to Wiggins at this stage.
Points leader Tom Boonen is taking
it easy today. He was a massive 4'05 down at the first time check. He's probably
decided to give himself a recovery ride today; either that or he overdid the
champagne after his second stage win yesterday.
Ouch; Cancellara finished 29th, 6'31
back. We are unsure if he has fallen sick overnight or what happened, but he
certainly intended aiming for a good time. In fact he dropped off the back of
the bunch towards the end of yesterday's stage to save his legs.
It's very wet out there today, so we hope that everyone stays upright.
Axel Merckx (T-Mobile) is next to
go. He's riding his final Tour and once he retires, is likely to move to Canada.
His wife is from there.
Stefan Schumacher has gone through
the first time check 57th, 3'38 back. It's his birthday today but he's been
suffering from a stomach problem in recent days, so his priority is to recover
and then chase a stage win before Paris.
Okay, some more information. Cancellara
fell on the course and that is why he finished so far back. We don't know his
condition but hope he is not too badly hurt.
David Millar is on the course but
he too is off the pace; he passed the first time check in fifth place, 1'45
behind his compatriot Wiggins.
Tour of Flanders winner Alessandro
Ballan (Lampre-Fondital) has finished and performed solidly; he was fourth,
Wiggins was actually 1'06" ahead
of Hoste at the first time check, but then slipped back a little relative to
that. He was 25" ahead at the second so he either started too hard or encountered
a problem between those two points.
Millar was fourth at the second time
check but was 1'50 behind Wiggins at that point, so the stage win won't happen
Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) has had
a very good ride; he is the youngest in the race at 21 years of age and is doing
his first Grand Tour, but is nevertheless ninth in the standings thus far. That's
very solid going by a guy so young.
It's really raining heavily today.
This could affect the overall in a couple of ways; firstly, there is a greater
risk if crashes. In addition to this, if the weather does clear up later on,
that will favour the later starters. Of course, it could go the other way and
become even worse!
Millar improves a little in the second
half of the race, finishing third. He crossed the line 1'13 slower than Wiggins.
The Scot won the final time trial in 2003.
Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) is on the
course and could do a good time. He can be handy at these tests, but it very
much depends on his form. So far he hasn't shown much in this year's Tour.
Here's the start times of the top
23 riders in the general classification:
15.12: Chris Horner (Predictor
15.18: Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d’Epargne)
Popovych (Discovery Channel)
15.24: Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
15.27: Denis Menchov (Rabobank)
15.30: Mauricio Soler (Barloworld)
15.33: Linus Gerdemann (T-Mobile Team)
15.36: Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Euskaltel
15.39: Christophe Moreau (AG2r Prévoyance)
Pereiro Sio (Caisse d'Epargne)
15.45: Frank Schleck (Team CSC)
Andrey Kashechkin (Astana)
15.51: Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Euskaltel
15.54: Kim Kirchen (T-Mobile Team)
15.57: Levi Leipheimer
(Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team)
16.00: Andreas Klöden (Astana)
16.03: Carlos Sastre Candil (Team CSC)
16.06: Alberto Contador Velasco
(Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team)
16.09: Cadel Evans (Predictor – Lotto)
16.12: Iban Mayo Diez (Saunier Duval – Prodir)
16.15: Alejandro Valverde
Belmonte (Caisse d'Epargne)
16.18: Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank)
Wiggins continues to lead. The weather
really is dire; Savoldelli nearly lost it. Cancellara's earlier crash was replayed.
What happened was that he went through a tunnel and then once out the other
side, needed to make a left hand sweep. His bike slid out, though, sending him
to the ground.
He got up quickly and continued, but the fall clearly
ruined any chance he had of posting a good time today.
Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) gets underway. He could do a very good time.
Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) goes through the 38.5 kilometre time check in 71st
place. When speaking to Cyclingnews earlier this year he said that he was hoping
to go for the white jersey of best young rider, but things haven't worked out
that way in the race.
Savoldelli looks nice and aero, but
isn't really enjoying himself out there. He was 105th at the first time check.
To recap, Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis
- Le Crédit par Téléphone) is leading , 42 seconds ahead of Leif Hoste (Predictor
- Lotto). David Millar (Saunier Duval - Prodir) is third, 1'13" back, then Sébastien
Rosseler (Quick.Step - Innergetic) and Andriy Grivko (Milram).
Van Summeren comes in and takes 11th. He caught and passed Martin Elmiger (Ag2r
Prévoyance) just before the line, and looked about twice his height.
George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) starts now. He's wearing the new style Oakleys,
rather than the more distinctive/unusual ones he preferred in the past.
The rain is easing off slightly.
The roads will continue to be very wet, though.
the 15 km to go point. He may have been under team orders not to push it today,
to stay fresh for the three crucial mountain stages.
Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) is next
to start. He's a former French champion at this discipline and is a strong rider.
Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
finished but narrowly misses the top ten. He gets 12th for now, but will likely
slide down the rankings further, not because of the slippery roads, but all
the favourites are still to come.
Jens Voigt (CSC) has started his
TT. He's a pretty solid 31st overall and will be a valuable asset to Carlos
Sastre if he does take yellow.
Vladimir Gusev (Discovery Channel)
now starts. He's clad in the distinctive colours of the Russian national TT
There has been very little change
in the top times, either at the intermediate points or at the finish. Does that
indicate that the earlier conditions were more favourable? We are not sure as
Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) now starts. He could
do well today.
Chavanel looks smooth as he pedals
We spoke too soon - Thomas Dekker has now gone third best
at the first intermediate check. He was exactly one minute behind Wiggins there.
David W. Beever wrote in yesterday
with his predictions for the GC after today’s stage. He said that he has used,
“TT data over last year (principally from '06 Tour and Vuelta, '07 Dauphine
and Tour de Suisse) in addition to other (proprietary) weighting factors.” So
it’s an approximation, in other words.
He thinks that tonight, the
GC could look like this:
1 Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne)
2 Cadel Evans (Predictor Lotto) at 26”
3 Andreas Klöden (Astana) at 34”
4 Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) at 57”
5 Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel)
6 Carlos Sastre (CSC) at 2’47”
7 Levi Leipheimer (Discovery
Channel) at 3’01”
8 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) at 3’19”
9 Kim Kirchen
(T-Mobile) at 4’35”
10 Iban Mayo (Euskaltel Euskadi) at 4’45”
Vinokourov (Astana) at 5’09”
12 Christophe Moreau (Ag2r Prévoyance) at
Iban Mayo is a dark horse, of course. He's suddenly back
to decent form after several years in the wilderness. He could ride strongly
today, or he could flop; there is no way of knowing. We think he will do quite
If Alexandre Vinokourov continues
to recover from his injuries, he could start to take back time on some of his
rivals. He has seemed stronger in recent days.
Now Chris Horner gets the countdown
and rolls down the starting ramp. We are into the final 23 riders...
He gets onto the aero bars straight away and starts whipping the gears around.
When he's on form he can do a good TT.
Horner is rolling along nicely, picking
the drier lines on the road. That's a good idea, needless to say. There have
been several fallers today, including Fabian Cancellara and Nicolas Jalabert
(Agritubel). We believe JaJa Jr is okay.
Enigmatic Russian Vladimir Karpets
(Caisse d'Epargne) gets going. He did a great ride in the Tour de Suisse and
should be up there today. Flying Karpets? We will see soon..
Horner has a very good TT style;
he's pedalling smoothly and has a rock-still upper torso.
Dario Cioni (Predictor Lotto) comes
to the 38.5 km check. He's pretty far back.
Popovych starts now.
He started the day 20th overall. Next off? Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), who
can begin his comeback today. He told reporters that he is very motivated.
He does some last minute stretching, then gets into the start house.
He's about to go...concentration
apparent as he lunges down the ramp. He's immediately out of the saddle, pushing
to get to top speed.
Dekker goes through the 38.5 km point
and is going well.
Juan Mauricio Soler (Barloworld) is getting ready
for his start. He's in the polka dot jersey of KOM leader, although Rasmussen
is the leader in that classification. But he's wearing yellow, so the Colombian
has it on his shoulders for now.
Wiggins continues to lead; he's
been at the top of the leader board for quite a while. Good ride from the Cofidis
rider, who has really improved a lot this season.
Dekker was fourth at that time check.
He's seen by some as a future winner of the Tour. He can certainly climb and
time trial well.
Cedric Vasseur (Quick.Step - Innergetic) comes
home for 55th place.
Meanwhile Soler gets his TT underway. Normally
riders from Colombia don't do good time trials, so it will be interesting to
see how he fares. Of course, Santiago Botero was able to turn the pedals well,
so there are exceptions.
There are some changes now as regards
the intermediate checks. Chavanel, Gusev and Dekker are third, fourth and fifth
at the first such check, 18 km after the start.
is fourth at the second.
At the finish, it's as it was before; Wiggins
leads, Grivko is fifth.
Linus Gerdemann starts. He's had the yellow
jersey in this race and is one of those fighting it out for the best young rider
classification. He's a solid TT rider and will be motivated today.
Cyclingnews' Brecht Decaluwé reports
that the weather is terrible at the finish.
Hincapie goes through the 38.5 km
check in third place. He's going well.
Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel Euskadi)
starts his TT. He's not bad at these tests.
Moreau is now in the start house,
gathering his thoughts before the big effort. He lost time on the transition
stage this week; he's probably still kicking himself over that. He had a broken
cleat and was at the back of the bunch to change shoes, being caught out when
the echelons formed.
Moreau is a good time trialist; he
won the prologue several years ago and will be given a lot of encouragement
by the roadside today. He gets a huge roar from the crowd as he starts.
Chavanel is riding well; he is third at the 38.5 km check, bumping Hincapie
down a place.
Oscar Pereiro starts and nearly creases
himself on the white line in the middle of the road. It's slippery out there,
He rolled down the start ramp and the back wheel then slid
out a bit when he hit the white line.
Vinokourov is fully committed, driving
the pedals around as he heads towards the first time check.
This will show what kind of shape
he is in.
Meanwhile, Frank Schleck is ready
to go. Unlike Pereiro, he stays well clear of the white line. It's not your
friend on a day like this.
Gusev has caught and passed Voigt.
The two are on the climb now. Voigt
looks less comfortable, and is in and out of the saddle going up the hill. However
he's coming back on Gusev a little.
The Russian is fourth at the
38.5 km point.
Vinokourov is ten seconds quicker
than Wiggins at the first check!
Dmitriy Fofonov (Credit Agricole)
comes to the finish and is good enough for ninth. However, almost immediately
afterwards Hincapie finishes fifth, pushing Fofonov down to tenth.
Vinokourov comes to a long, sweeping
right turn. He takes it cautiously, knowing that it's not worth taking crazy
risks in this weather.
He's on the descent now and will pay it safe.
Chavanel finishes, taking second behind his Cofidis team-mate Wiggins. He's
just 24" slower; not bad at all.
Gusev crashes on a roundabout!
He slides along the ground and then runs up the curb, hitting it hard with his
Vinokourov is really taking it slowly
on this descent. It must be very slippy out there.
is in the start house, and takes one last drink from his bidon before getting
his TT underway.
Klöden gets going. He did a very
good prologue and if he is on that kind of form, will make up time today.
Boogerd did a good TT; he comes in
Rasmussen won't be encouraged by
the weather. He had all sorts of misfortune in the 2005 time trial and will
be nervous about how he does today. Of course, he is under additional pressure
due to the events of the past day and a half, when it emerged that he has been
removed from the national team after missing some out-of- competition tests.
Carlos Sastre is now out on the course. He's a solid rather than spectacular
time trialist but should be able to limit his losses today.
comes in to the line with a decent time. He's a very solid fourth. Wiggins continues
Vinokourov is whipping the pedals
around and appears to be going very well. The next time check will be important.
Cadel Evans starts; he's one of the
favourites to be in yellow tonight.
Vinokourov lost a lot of time on
the descent due to his caution, but he is still fastest.
He was 52" ahead at the second time
Vinokourov is now on the climb. He
stays on the aero bars and remains in the saddle. He's first at the top, 1'19"
up on Wiggins!
Cobo finishes in sixth. Meanwhile, back at the start
house, a very fired up Valverde starts.
Klöden is racing towards the first
time check. A photographer comes alongside him to take a photo, but the German
wave him angrily away.
Rasmussen now starts, wearing the
maillot jaune skinsuit with an orange Rabobank helmet.
Menchov is on the climb, heading
towards the third check.
Horner's been going quite well; he's
finished and is 15th...
Karpets comes in with a good time;
Klöden was third at the first time
check, 34" behind Vinokourov. He nearly crashed on the descent after that point,
but was moving quite a bit quicker than his team-mate. He'll make up time there
(as long as he stays on the road for the rest of the TT, of course!)
Popovych comes to the finish with
ripped shorts. He was either attacked by a bear or he fell; we'll opt for the
latter. Nevertheless, he takes second.
But not for long..here comes
Vinokourov comes in for the clear
best time, 2'13" better than Wiggins...
We don't know if he crashed, or is
simply on a shocker of a day. Christophe Moreau is not having a good TT; he
was 62nd at the first check, and 94th at the next. He'd already lost 5'44 by
Levi Leipheimer is also struggling;
he was 21st at the first check, 1'31" back..
Klöden has crashed on the descent...
it was on the fast right hand bend where Vinokourov was taking it very slowly.
Prudence pays off at times..
Menchov, meanwhile, comes to the
finish. He's 11th at the moment; not a great showing for him.
Cadel Evans was 6th at the first
time check, 57" back..
Kashechkin is third fastest at the
top of the climb. We think he also crashed during the first part of the stage.
He was only 19th at the first check, and had improved to 5th at the second.
It will be interesting to see if
Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) also went a-sliding.. He was 34th at the first
time check, but improved to 16th and then 13th at the next two.
Linus Gerdemann (T-Mobile) finishes
seventh...very good effort from the young rider...
Cadel Evans is on the descent and
is hammering along. He's using the road well but needs to be careful. His wheel
slides a little on a sweeping left hand curve but he stays upright...
Alejandro Valverde is struggling;
he was 41st at the first time check, 2'18 back.
We expect the time cut today at 1
hour 19 minutes and 54. This would spell bad news for Ventoso and Jalabert,
who would be out. Oops. Considering the bad weather conditions and that Jalabert
is French, we'll expect the cut will be slightly extended. One year Miguel Indurain
almost put his brother out of the Tour. Prudencio finished very close to the
time cut in a time trial that became known as the "Indurain Sandwich".
Michael Rasmussen is going pretty
well thus far (for a non-TT lover). He was 29th at the first check, 1'42" back.
Klöden comes to the third time check,
at the top of the climb. He was third at the first two; how will he do here?
He lost time in that crash so to
recover as he has done is very good.
Oscar Pereiro comes to the
finish, taking 11th. He's not in the same form as last year.
Moreau certainly isn't either..he is only 113th at the finish. The curse of
the Dauphine strikes again.
Kashechkin comes to the line and
takes the second-best time... So it is one-two for the Astana squad thus far.
Carlos Sastre (CSC) is losing time.
He was 28th at the first check and 26th at the second.
is coming to the top of the hill, driving it towards the third intermediate
Evans is on the climb, and is currently lying third overall
in the TT.
Evans has a good TT style. He could
be riding into yellow this evening...
He is second at the 38.5 km point,
just over a minute behind Vinokourov...
Astarloza finishes for sixth-best...that's
a good ride from the Euskaltel rider.
Klöden has a bloodied knee
from his fall.The roads are certainly dryer than they were earlier so that will
help a) stay upright, and b) take time out of those who started earlier.
We are not sure if Kim Kirchen fell,
or just started conservatively. He was 30th at the first check, then 21st, 17th
and 13th. He was also 13th at the finish.
Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval - Prodir)
is not enjoying himself too much. He was 51st at the first check, 2'38 back.
Leipheimer finishes 6th... So he's
a lot quicker towards the end. He was 21st, 20th, 15th and 9th in the intermediate
Here comes Klöden... He is racing
for second place. Both he and Kashechkin crashed but they are fighting it out
for the runner-up position today.
Of course, there are others to finish,
such as Evans..
Klöden takes second for now, 5 seconds
faster than Kashechkin.
His helmet straps are waving all
over the place; not much use if he fell off.
Valverde is struggling...
He is only 45th at the time check
at the top of the La Baize climb. He's already lost 4'34"!
is, by contrast, going quite well.
Evans pushes on towards the finish.
He is running quicker than Klöden thus far and should take second.
Sastre finishes...he is 23rd.
Rasmussen looks strong...he's very focussed. At the third time check he is still
ahead of Evans in the virtual general classification!
Contador finishes 6th, 2'18 back..that's
not bad. These riders appear to be faring quite well as regards the drier conditions.
Evans finishes...he is coming in
for second, a very good time.
Evans takes second, and will be second
on the stage; he is 1'14 behind Vinokourov. Great ride!
Rasmussen was 17th at the third time
check, only 2'37 back. Is he going to end the day in yellow? That would be unexpected,
to say the least...
Mayo will be next, then Valverde
and Rasmussen. The Dane is certainly going well.
In fact, he had taken 1'57 out of
Valverde by the third time check...few would have envisaged that prior to the
Valverde will be happen when this
TT is over. Any longer and he risks being caught by the maillot jaune!
Evans started the stage 2'41" behind
Rasmussen. He was 1'14" behind Vinokourov at the finish. So if Rasmussen finishes
3'55" or less behind Vino, he will keep yellow...
He was 2'37 back at the 38.5 km point,
so it's very possible!
Not only that, Rasmussen has caught and thundered
Valverde has really fallen apart
Remember, 3'55" is the time gap for
Rasmussen to keep yellow. Anything more than this, it goes to Evans. Anything
less, he holds on..
Here comes Rasmussen...
He will keep it...
He takes the eleventh best time,
2'54...so he remains in the yellow jersey!
Valverde comes home for 47th place.
His Tour hopes have been severely dented, if not scuppered, today..
So Vinokourov takes the win by 1'14
over Evans. The Astana leader is on the way back, but he still has a lot of
work to do if he is to win this Tour de France.
Rasmussen ends the
day one minute exactly ahead of Evans, with Contador now 2'31 back in third
and Klöden a further 3" back in fourth.
Levi Leipheimer, Andrey
Kashechkin and Carlos Sastre end the day fifth, sixth and seventh.
What a ride by Rasmussen. That was,
to say the least, very unexpected. Evans will have mixed feelings about today;
he was second on the stage and second overall but misses out on the first maillot
jaune of his career. However, given the lack of overall GC strength on his
team, the ideal situation would be for him to take it later in the race.
There were some clear winners and
losers today. The Astana contenders fared strongly, although Klöden and Kashechkin
will rue their crashes and the time lost there. Rasmussen will be very happy,
while Evans and Contador will also be satisfied with how things turned out.
Leipheimer and Sastre are now fifth and seventh overall; both would have liked
to have done better today, but they remain in the running.
(46th) and Valverde (47th) each lost over six minutes, while Moreau performed
very poorly, losing 9'26" and placing only 125th.
Michael Rasmussen has given his reaction
to his performance. He looked very satisfied with how the day went.
"I guess this is the TT of my life," he said. "I went out and did the course
this morning and I liked it a lot. I was lucky with the weather, too, as I had
better conditions than some of my rivals. Of course, when I saw Valverde ahead
that gave me extra motivation.
"Like I said [earlier] today, starting
in the yellow jersey is a huge motivation and for the first time in my life
I really did a time trial at 100 percent. Everything went every well today."
He was reminded of his disastrous showing two years ago. "Today was a bit better
than St. Etienne," he said with a laugh. "Erik Breukink [Rabobank DS] spoke
to me this morning, telling me to be careful on the descents and not to take
any risks. It worked out very well."
That completes our live coverage
of the 13th stage time trial. It was unlucky for some due to crashes and time
lost, but also of great benefit to others.
Tomorrow, the mountains
await! This Tour is still wide open, so make sure to come back then for more
live action from the race. Before then, we will will have results, reports and
news from the race a little later on today.
Thanks for reading!
Provisional standings at Finish
1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 1.06.35 (48.661 km/h)
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 1.14
3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 1.39
4 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana 1.44
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 2.13
6 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 2.15
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 2.18
8 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 2.37
9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 2.38
10 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2.41
1 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto 1.00
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel 2.31
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 2.34
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel 3.37
6 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana 4.23
7 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 4.45
8 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 5.02
9 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 5.10
10 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile 5.29
Intermediate Time Check 1 (km 18)
1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 23.09 (46.652 km/h)
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 0.10
3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0.34
4 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 0.39
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 0.40
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 0.57
7 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1.05
8 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1.06
9 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 1.10
10 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir 1.11
Intermediate timecheck 2 (km 35.6)
1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 44.00 (48.545 km/h)
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 0.52
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 1.12
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 1.16
5 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor - Lotto 1.17
6 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1.29
7 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana 1.36
8 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1.39
9 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 1.42
10 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir 1.57
Intermediate timecheck 3 (km 38.5)
1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 50.07 (46.062 km/h)
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 1.01
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 1.19
3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana
5 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana 1.36
6 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor - Lotto 1.42
7 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1.45
8 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1.49
9 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 2.01
10 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir 2.10
Intermediate timecheck 4 (km 49.0)
1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 1.00.38 (48.488 km/h)
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 1.17
3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 1.38
4 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana 1.53
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 1.57
6 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 2.08
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 2.11
8 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 2.27
9 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor - Lotto 2.36
10 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2.38
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