Saturday, July 28, 2007

Stage 19 - Saturday, July 28: Cognac - Angoulême, 55.5km

Maillot jersey Alberto Contador guts it out in the time trial to finish 4th and keep his overall lead by 23 seconds
Levi Leiphemier in full flight as he storms to the TT win. Leiphemier is 3rd at 31 seconds.
Cadel Evans failed to take the yellow jersey from Contador.
Yaroslav Popovych finishes in 4th in the Time Trial.
Alberto Contador has conquered the 94th Tour de France with a race-saving time trial ride from Cognac to Angoulême. The 24 year-old Spaniard finished 2'18" behind stage winner, Levi Leipheimer, and fought hard to hold off a superb effort by Aussie Cadel Evans to maintain his maillot jaune. The American of Discovery Channel nearly stole the show by covering the 55.5-kilometre parcours in Western France with a time of one hour, two minutes and 44 seconds. Predictor-Lotto's Evans finished 51 seconds behind Leipheimer and will remain in second overall 23 seconds behind 'Kid Contador.'

A tight finish concluded the Tour's second time trial through the French department of Charente and most likely the 2007 Tour de France as Contador now leads the overall classification by 23 seconds on Evans. The 30 year-old Australian acknowledged that taking bonus seconds in the final stage to Paris is unlikely but wasn't discounting the possibility. His Predictor-Lotto team may try to pull off an upset since it is within reach of grabbing the world's biggest Grand Tour.
Stage 19
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel, 1:02:44
2. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:51
3. Vladimir Karpets (Rus), Caisse d'Epargne, at 0:56
4. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel, at 2:01
5. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, at 2:18
1. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 87:09:18
2. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:23
3. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, at 0:31
4. Carlos Sastre (Sp) CSC, at 7:08
5. Haimar Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 8:17

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