Saturday, July 28, 2007

TIme Trial to Levi, the Tour to Contador

Levi Leipheimer strains on his way to win the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 55.5-kilometer (34.52-mile) individual time trial between Cognac and Angouleme in central France on Saturday. Overall leader Alberto Contador of Spain retained the yellow jersey by 23 seconds over Cadel Evans of Australia and by 31 seconds over Leipheimer.
(AP photo/Peter Dejong)

A brief look at the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday:

Stage: Saturday's time trial took riders over 34.52 miles of flat roads from Cognac to Angouleme to the finish in Paris.

Winner: American rider Levi Leipheimer of the Discovery Channel team won in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds. It was his first stage win in the Tour.

Yellow Jersey: Alberto Contador of the Discovery Channel team kept the overall lead. The 24-year-old Spaniard will likely win the Tour on Sunday barring a crash. He leads Cadel Evans of Australia by 23 seconds.

Quote of the Day: "I don't think it's fair, but if I have to then I'll take it." -- Contador when asked if he would take a blood test to prove that his DNA is not linked to the Operation Puerto blood-doping case.

Next stage: Sunday's 20th and final stage is a 90.7-mile ride starting from France's rugby center in Marcoussis and ending on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Often mostly a processional spin for the rider wearing the yellow jersey, the final stage this year could offer more drama given Contador's slim margin over Evans. Leipheimer said after the time Trial that he would not challenge Evans [or in Robbie Ventura's words, "Pull a Vinokourov," which Levi echoed] for second place and was happy just to be on the final podium.

-- AP: Vinokourov backup sample tests positive
-- Reuters: Tour de France triumph in Contador's grasp

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

TIme Trial to Levi, the Tour to Contador

Levi Leipheimer strains on his way to win the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 55.5-kilometer (34.52-mile) individual time trial between Cognac and Angouleme in central France on Saturday. Overall leader Alberto Contador of Spain retained the yellow jersey by 23 seconds over Cadel Evans of Australia and by 31 seconds over Leipheimer.
(AP photo/Peter Dejong)

A brief look at the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday:

Stage: Saturday's time trial took riders over 34.52 miles of flat roads from Cognac to Angouleme to the finish in Paris.

Winner: American rider Levi Leipheimer of the Discovery Channel team won in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds. It was his first stage win in the Tour.

Yellow Jersey: Alberto Contador of the Discovery Channel team kept the overall lead. The 24-year-old Spaniard will likely win the Tour on Sunday barring a crash. He leads Cadel Evans of Australia by 23 seconds.

Quote of the Day: "I don't think it's fair, but if I have to then I'll take it." -- Contador when asked if he would take a blood test to prove that his DNA is not linked to the Operation Puerto blood-doping case.

Next stage: Sunday's 20th and final stage is a 90.7-mile ride starting from France's rugby center in Marcoussis and ending on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Often mostly a processional spin for the rider wearing the yellow jersey, the final stage this year could offer more drama given Contador's slim margin over Evans. Leipheimer said after the time Trial that he would not challenge Evans [or in Robbie Ventura's words, "Pull a Vinokourov," which Levi echoed] for second place and was happy just to be on the final podium.

-- AP: Vinokourov backup sample tests positive
-- Reuters: Tour de France triumph in Contador's grasp

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