Alberto Contador won the stage 18 time trial in Annecy and confirmed he is the rider to win this year’s Tour de France. Contador completed the 25-mile course in 48-minutes, 30-seconds, three seconds faster than world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara and a minute and a half faster than Lance Armstrong.
Armstrong moved into third place in the overall standings only two precious seconds ahead of Britain’s Bradley Wiggins.
The Schleck brothers Andy and Frank had respectable finish times. “We want to have two Schlecks on the podium in Paris – that’s the goal of the team and we haven’t given up yet,” said the younger Andy Schleck, who is in second place overall with brother Frank in sixth.
There are still three stages to go. Friday’s Stage 19 is a relatively flat race, but Saturday’s race up Mont Ventoux will be a ball-buster and could change the overall standings once again. Sunday is the last day of the Tour in Paris, generally a parade and not much of a competition. But, we’ll see!
–Le Tour Babe