Tour de France: Levi Leipheimer wins stage 19
Saturday, July 28, 2007
"I feel this is maybe the best day of my life," said Leipheimer. "It's my first Tour de France stage win and after this I think I deserve to stand on the podium in Paris."
Leipheimer is in third overall, only 31 seconds behind Contador and 8 seconds behind Evans. When were the top three this close heading into the final stage? As close as it is, there will probably be no change at the top tomorrow.
"I've done all I could," said Evans. "I lost 55 seconds in the ascent of the Col de Peyresourde - that is where I lost the Tour," he added, recalling stage 15.
"I'm not going to attack Cadel on Sunday. He's a better sprinter anyway." said Leipheimer, who seems to enjoy that his team Discovery Channel Pro Cycling has almost certainly won, not only the yellow jersey for Contador, but also the team classification where they hold a massive advantage. "We've won this Tour and have two stage wins," he said.
Stage 19 result
|1||Levi Leipheimer||Discovery Channel||1h 02' 44"|
|3||Vladimir Karpets||Caisse d'Epargne||+1' 56"|
|4||Yaroslav Popovych||Discovery Channel||+2' 01"|
|5||Alberto Contador||Discovery Channel||+2' 18"|
|6||José Ivan Gutierrez||Caisse d'Epargne||+2' 27"|
|7||George Hincapie||Discovery Channel||+2' 33"|
|8||Oscar Pereiro Sio||Caisse d'Epargne||+2' 36"|
|9||Leif Hoste||Predictor-Lotto||+2' 48"|
|10||Mikel Astarloza||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+2' 50"|
General classification after stage 19
|1||Alberto Contador||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||87h 09' 18"|
|3||Levi Leipheimer||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+31"|
|4||Carlos Sastre||Team CSC||+7' 08"|
|5||Haimar Zubeldia||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+8' 17"|
|6||Alejandro Valverde||Caisse d'Epargne||+11' 37"|
|7||Kim Kirchen||T-Mobile Team||+12' 18"|
|8||Yaroslav Popovych||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+12' 30"|
|9||Mikel Astarloza||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+14' 14"|
|10||Oscar Pereiro||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+14' 25"|