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Stage 20

Tour de FranceGrenoble

Distance: 42.5 kilometers.

The individual time trials are on tap today in a loop out from Grenoble. With less than a minute separating the top three in the general classification, people will be pushing it, especially Cadel Evans of Australia.

Tony Martin won the trials, but Cadel was only 7 seconds behind in second, and Alberto came in third at + 1′ 06″. Andy Schleck has to settle for second … again.

I saw a presentation on the bike that Cadel rode for the time trials. Wonderful piece of carbon fiber, and you can buy one for only €12,000 [$17,240 US - plus tax, tag, title, transportation, dealer prep]. Remember, it’s almost lighter than the cash it takes to pay for it, so even a small child can carry it.

Yellow Jersey Cadel Evans ( Aus – BMC – 141 ) [Yellow] 83h 45′ 20″
Green Jersey Mark Cavendish ( GBr – THR – 171 ) [Green] 280 points
Polka Dot Jersey Samuel Sanchez ( Esp – EUS – 021 ) [Polka Dot] 108 points
White Jersey Pierre Rolland ( Fra – EUC – 188 ) 11 [White]

Team: Garmin-Cervelo ( 051-059 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Tony Martin ( Ger – THR – 175 )
Combative: [Not awarded for time trial.]

They’ve gone 3,335.0 kilometers [2,072.3 miles] at an average speed of 39.8 kph [24.7 mph] →.

OVERALL STANDINGS:

1 Yellow Jersey Cadel Evans ( Aus – BMC – 141 ) [Yellow]
2 Andy Schleck ( Lux – LEO – 011 ) + 01′ 34″
3 Frank Schleck ( Lux – LEO – 018 ) + 02′ 30″
4 Thomas Voeckler ( Fra – EUC – 181 ) + 03′ 20″
5 Alberto Contador ( Esp – SBS – 001 ) + 03′ 57″
6 Polka Dot Jersey Samuel Sanchez ( Esp – EUS – 021 ) + 04′ 55″ [Polka Dot]
7 Damiano Cunego ( Ita – LAM – 161 ) + 06′ 05″
8 Ivan Basso ( Ita – LIQ – 091 ) + 07′ 23″
9 Tom Danielson ( USA – GRM - 052 ) + 08′ 15″
10 Jean-Christophe Peraud ( Fra – ALM – 108 ) + 10′ 11″
11 White Jersey Pierre Rolland ( Fra – EUC – 188 ) + 10′ 43″ [White]
12 Rein Taaramae ( Est – COF – 151 ) + 11′ 29″
13 Kevin De Weert ( Bel – QST – 124 ) + 16′ 29″
14 Jérôme Coppel ( Fra – SAU – 211 ) + 18′ 36″
15 Arnold Jeannesson ( Fra – FDJ – 134 ) + 21′ 20″
16 Haimar Zubeldia ( Esp – RSH – 079 ) + 26′ 23″
17 Christian Vande Velde ( USA – GRM - 058 ) + 27′ 12″
18 Ryder Hesjedal ( Can – GRM - 055 ) + 27′ 14″
19 Peter Velits ( Svk – THR – 179 ) + 28′ 54″
20 Jelle Vanendert ( Bel – OLO – 038 ) + 31′ 42″
21 Rob Ruijgh ( Ned – VCD – 208 ) + 33′ 04″
22 Hubert Dupont ( Fra – ALM – 103 ) + 36′ 54″
23 Vladimir Gusev ( Rus – KAT – 194 ) + 42′ 26″
24 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – SKY – 118 ) + 42′ 48″
25 Gorka Verdugo ( Esp – EUS – 029 ) + 43′ 06″
26 Nicolas Roche ( Irl – ALM – 101 ) + 46′ 23″
27 Sandy Casar ( Fra – FDJ – 131 ) + 50′ 28″
28 Vladimir Karpets ( Rus – KAT – 191 ) + 52′ 25″
29 Maxime Monfort ( Bel – LEO – 015 ) + 53′ 16″
30 Yury Trofimov ( Rus – KAT – 199 ) + 56′ 46″

31 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – SKY – 117 ) + 1h 00′ 48″
32 Levi Leipheimer ( USA – RSH – 075 ) + 1h 03′ 58″
33 Robert Gesink ( Ned – RAB – 041 ) + 1h 05′ 09″
34 Egoi Martinez ( Esp – EUS – 023 ) + 1h 08′ 28″
35 Carlos Barredo ( Esp – RAB – 042 ) + 1h 12′ 58″
36 David Arroyo ( Esp – MOV – 081 ) + 1h 14′ 40″
37 Chris Anker Sorensen ( Den – SBS – 006 ) + 1h 14′ 42″
38 Philippe Gilbert ( Bel – OLO – 032 ) + 1h 14′ 51″
39 Rémy Di Gregorio ( Fra – AST – 062 ) + 1h 22′ 04″
40 Julien El Fares ( Fra – COF – 155 ) + 1h 24′ 21″
41 David Moncoutie ( Fra – COF – 157 ) + 1h 24′ 52″
42 Sylvester Szmyd ( Pol – LIQ – 098 ) + 1h 25′ 37″
43 Cyril Gautier ( Fra – EUC – 183 ) + 1h 27′ 43″
44 Tony Martin ( Ger – THR – 175 ) + 1h 30′ 20″ [Stage Winner]
45 Andrey Zeits ( Kaz – AST – 069 ) + 1h 31′ 48″

53 Edvald Boasson Hagen ( Nor – SKY – 114 )
68 Thor Hushovd ( Nor – GRM - 051 )
74 Johnny Hoogerland ( Ned – VCD – 204 )
76 David Millar ( GBr – GRM - 056 )
86 Jérémy Roy ( Fra – FDJ – 138 )
130 Green Jersey Mark Cavendish ( GBr – THR – 171 ) [Green]

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3 comments

1 Kryten42 { 07.24.11 at 2:31 am }

As far as anyone here is concerned, especially the meda, Evans has won already! :lol:

He’s done extremely well. Kept to his game plan and kept out of trouble. :) I guess we will soon find out… :)

Cadel Evans to be Australia’s first Tour de France winner

Just shows what can be achieved with a good plan, and good preparation, and a little luck! ;) :lol:

2 Kryten42 { 07.24.11 at 2:44 am }

Actually, it’s amusing in a way… Evans team is really a Multinational team, even though Evans himself represents Aus, and Aus will take the credit, of course! :lol:His bike was designed by a team at BMC Switzerland, Oakley USA, Diadora Italy, and others…

BYW, you could win his bike if you want. ;)
The Official Site of Cadel Evans

His daily diary makes for interesting insight and the *between the lines* filler. :)

3 Bryan { 07.24.11 at 2:20 pm }

He has a couple of Lance Armstrong’s “body guards” on the BMC team, George Hincapie being the most important. George can smell trouble, even though he never finishes at the front. He may never be a winner, but George always finishes. Lance’s last race was without George, and Lance got taken out by the handles of a purse.

I thought that Cadel should have sought sponsorship from a manufacturer of first aid kits, because for the last few years he has made it to Paris wearing their products.