Tour de France: Sandy Casar wins stage 18
Friday, July 27, 2007
Alberto Contador of Spain, who finished with the peleton keeps the yellow jersey. This 211 km long stage, with a few small climbs near the start, was considered by many as the last chance for any surprises.
"I hope I don't lose because of three seconds," said Contador. "This yellow jersey is very important. It's important that I have it tonight. I'm not a time-trial specialist but I'll do all I can not to lose one minute, 50 seconds."
Tomorrow's stage is the second time trial stage, with long straight stretches, some beautiful sections of unbending road, some slight inclines and again favours the soloists. It is 55.5 km long and runs from Cognac to Angoulême. Sunday, will be the grand finale, as the race enters Paris to complete the eight laps of the traditional circuit around the Champs-Élysées.
Meanwhile, former yellow jersey leader, Michael Rasmussen, insists that he did not lie about his whereabouts. "I feel I've won the Tour de France... but victory has been stolen from me." He also said that he will not retire, but continue his career.
Stage 18 result
|1||Sandy Casar||Française des Jeux||5h 13'31"|
|2||Axel Merckx||T-Mobile Team||+01"|
|3||Laurent Lefevre||AG2R Prévoyance||s.t."|
|5||Tom Boonen||Quick Step-Innergetic||+8'34"|
|7||Erik Zabel||Team Milram||s.t."|
|8||Sébastien Chavanel||Française des Jeux||s.t."|
|9||Bernhard Eisel||T-Mobile Team||s.t."|
|10||Thor Hushovd||Crédit Agricole||s.t."|
General classification after stage 18
|1||Alberto Contador||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||86h 04' 16"|
|2||Cadel Evans||Predictor-Lotto||+1' 50"|
|3||Levi Leipheimer||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+2' 49"|
|4||Carlos Sastre||Team CSC||+6' 02"|
|5||Haimar Zubeldia||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+6' 29"|
|6||Alejandro Valverde||Caisse d'Epargne||+10' 18"|
|7||Kim Kirchen||T-Mobile Team||+11' 36"|
|8||Yaroslav Popovych||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+12' 47"|
|9||Mauricio Soler||Barloworld||+13' 31"|
|10||Mikel Astarloza||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+13' 42"|