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94th Tour de France - ProT

France, July 7-29, 2007

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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.

13:15 CEST   
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.

13:17 CEST   
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).

13:19 CEST   
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.

13:25 CEST   
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.

13:28 CEST   
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.

13:29 CEST   
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.

13:31 CEST   
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.

13:32 CEST   
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.

13:35 CEST   
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.

13:37 CEST   
Tour of Flanders winner Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital) has finished and performed solidly; he was fourth, 3'17 behind.

13:44 CEST   
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.

13:47 CEST   
Millar was fourth at the second time check but was 1'50 behind Wiggins at that point, so the stage win won't happen today.

13:56 CEST   
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.

14:05 CEST   
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!

14:10 CEST   
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.

14:12 CEST   
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.

14:30 CEST   
Here's the start times of the top 23 riders in the general classification:

15.12: Chris Horner (Predictor – Lotto)
15.18: Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d’Epargne)
15.21: Yaroslav 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 – Euskadi)
15.39: Christophe Moreau (AG2r Prévoyance)
15.42: Oscar Pereiro Sio (Caisse d'Epargne)
15.45: Frank Schleck (Team CSC)
15.48: Andrey Kashechkin (Astana)
15.51: Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Euskaltel – Euskadi)
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)

14:35 CEST   
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.

Meanwhile 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.

14:37 CEST   
Savoldelli looks nice and aero, but isn't really enjoying himself out there. He was 105th at the first time check.

14:45 CEST   
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).

Johan 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.

14:47 CEST   
The rain is easing off slightly. The roads will continue to be very wet, though.

Savoldelli reaches 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.

14:48 CEST   
Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) is next to start. He's a former French champion at this discipline and is a strong rider.

14:54 CEST   
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.

14:57 CEST   
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 champion.

14:59 CEST   
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 yet.

Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) now starts. He could do well today.

15:00 CEST   
Chavanel looks smooth as he pedals along.

We spoke too soon - Thomas Dekker has now gone third best at the first intermediate check. He was exactly one minute behind Wiggins there.

15:10 CEST   
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) at 1’55”
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”
11 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) at 5’09”
12 Christophe Moreau (Ag2r Prévoyance) at 5’25”

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 well, though.

15:11 CEST   
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.

15:12 CEST   
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.

15:18 CEST   
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.

15:19 CEST   
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..

15:19 CEST   
Horner has a very good TT style; he's pedalling smoothly and has a rock-still upper torso.

15:22 CEST   
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.

15:24 CEST   
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.

15:28 CEST   
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.

15:31 CEST   
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.

15:33 CEST   
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.

George Hincapie 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.

15:34 CEST   
Cyclingnews' Brecht Decaluwé reports that the weather is terrible at the finish.

15:35 CEST   
Hincapie goes through the 38.5 km check in third place. He's going well.

15:36 CEST   
Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel Euskadi) starts his TT. He's not bad at these tests.

15:38 CEST   
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.

15:41 CEST   
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.

15:43 CEST   
Oscar Pereiro starts and nearly creases himself on the white line in the middle of the road. It's slippery out there, folks!

He rolled down the start ramp and the back wheel then slid out a bit when he hit the white line.

15:44 CEST   
Vinokourov is fully committed, driving the pedals around as he heads towards the first time check.

15:44 CEST   
This will show what kind of shape he is in.

15:46 CEST   
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.

15:48 CEST   
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.

15:49 CEST   
Vinokourov is ten seconds quicker than Wiggins at the first check!

15:54 CEST   
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.

15:58 CEST   
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 chest.

15:59 CEST   
Vinokourov is really taking it slowly on this descent. It must be very slippy out there.

Meanwhile Klöden is in the start house, and takes one last drink from his bidon before getting his TT underway.

16:00 CEST   
Klöden gets going. He did a very good prologue and if he is on that kind of form, will make up time today.

16:00 CEST   
Boogerd did a good TT; he comes in for sixth.

16:06 CEST   
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.

Gusev comes in to the line with a decent time. He's a very solid fourth. Wiggins continues to lead.

16:07 CEST   
Vinokourov is whipping the pedals around and appears to be going very well. The next time check will be important.

16:09 CEST   
Cadel Evans starts; he's one of the favourites to be in yellow tonight.

16:10 CEST   
Vinokourov lost a lot of time on the descent due to his caution, but he is still fastest.

16:11 CEST   
He was 52" ahead at the second time check....

16:16 CEST   
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.

16:17 CEST   
Klöden is racing towards the first time check. A photographer comes alongside him to take a photo, but the German wave him angrily away.

16:19 CEST   
Rasmussen now starts, wearing the maillot jaune skinsuit with an orange Rabobank helmet.

16:20 CEST   
Menchov is on the climb, heading towards the third check.

16:28 CEST   
Horner's been going quite well; he's finished and is 15th...

16:28 CEST   
Karpets comes in with a good time; he's 7th.

16:29 CEST   
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!)

16:30 CEST   
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..

16:31 CEST   
Vinokourov comes in for the clear best time, 2'13" better than Wiggins...

16:33 CEST   
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 that point...

16:36 CEST   
Levi Leipheimer is also struggling; he was 21st at the first check, 1'31" back..

16:36 CEST   
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..

16:37 CEST   
Menchov, meanwhile, comes to the finish. He's 11th at the moment; not a great showing for him.

16:38 CEST   
Cadel Evans was 6th at the first time check, 57" back..

16:41 CEST   
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.

16:42 CEST   
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.

16:43 CEST   
Linus Gerdemann (T-Mobile) finishes seventh...very good effort from the young rider...

16:45 CEST   
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...

16:46 CEST   
Alejandro Valverde is struggling; he was 41st at the first time check, 2'18 back.

16:47 CEST   
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".

16:49 CEST   
Michael Rasmussen is going pretty well thus far (for a non-TT lover). He was 29th at the first check, 1'42" back.

16:51 CEST   
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?

16:55 CEST   
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.

Christophe Moreau certainly isn't either..he is only 113th at the finish. The curse of the Dauphine strikes again.

16:56 CEST   
Kashechkin comes to the line and takes the second-best time... So it is one-two for the Astana squad thus far.

16:58 CEST   
Carlos Sastre (CSC) is losing time. He was 28th at the first check and 26th at the second.

Contador is coming to the top of the hill, driving it towards the third intermediate check.

Evans is on the climb, and is currently lying third overall in the TT.

16:59 CEST   
Evans has a good TT style. He could be riding into yellow this evening...

17:00 CEST   
He is second at the 38.5 km point, just over a minute behind Vinokourov...

17:01 CEST   
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.

17:04 CEST   
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.

17:05 CEST   
Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval - Prodir) is not enjoying himself too much. He was 51st at the first check, 2'38 back.

17:07 CEST   
Leipheimer finishes 6th... So he's a lot quicker towards the end. He was 21st, 20th, 15th and 9th in the intermediate checks.

17:08 CEST   
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.

17:08 CEST   
Of course, there are others to finish, such as Evans..

17:08 CEST   
Klöden takes second for now, 5 seconds faster than Kashechkin.

17:09 CEST   
His helmet straps are waving all over the place; not much use if he fell off.

Valverde is struggling...

17:12 CEST   
He is only 45th at the time check at the top of the La Baize climb. He's already lost 4'34"!

Rasmussen is, by contrast, going quite well.

17:12 CEST   
Evans pushes on towards the finish. He is running quicker than Klöden thus far and should take second.

17:14 CEST   
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!

17:15 CEST   
Contador finishes 6th, 2'18 back..that's not bad. These riders appear to be faring quite well as regards the drier conditions.

17:16 CEST   
Evans finishes...he is coming in for second, a very good time.

17:17 CEST   
Evans takes second, and will be second on the stage; he is 1'14 behind Vinokourov. Great ride!

17:18 CEST   
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...

17:19 CEST   
Mayo will be next, then Valverde and Rasmussen. The Dane is certainly going well.

17:20 CEST   
In fact, he had taken 1'57 out of Valverde by the third time check...few would have envisaged that prior to the stage.

17:22 CEST   
Valverde will be happen when this TT is over. Any longer and he risks being caught by the maillot jaune!

17:24 CEST   
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...

17:25 CEST   
He was 2'37 back at the 38.5 km point, so it's very possible!

Not only that, Rasmussen has caught and thundered past Valverde...

17:25 CEST   
Valverde has really fallen apart today..

17:26 CEST   
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..

17:26 CEST   
Here comes Rasmussen...

17:27 CEST   
He will keep it...

17:27 CEST   
He takes the eleventh best time, 2'54...so he remains in the yellow jersey!

17:28 CEST   
Valverde comes home for 47th place. His Tour hopes have been severely dented, if not scuppered, today..

17:30 CEST   
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.


17:34 CEST   
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.

17:42 CEST   
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.

Mayo (46th) and Valverde (47th) each lost over six minutes, while Moreau performed very poorly, losing 9'26" and placing only 125th.

17:47 CEST   
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."

17:50 CEST   
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.

17:51 CEST   
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

General classification

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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