Friday, July 22, 2005

The Grand Finale

Tomorrow is the most important day in this year's Tour de France. The individual time trial will determine the final overall standings. Will Lance win as predicted and solidify his seventh victory in a row? Will Ullrich finally surpass Michael Rasmussen for the last place on the podium? Will Ivan Basso live up to the precedent he set in the Giro as a born-again, top-of-the-heap time trialist?

Tomorrow will be as exciting as watching a time trial on TV can be.

The top 10, going into the final ITT:

1 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel 81.22.19
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 2.46
3 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank 3.46
4 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team 5.58
5 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 7.08
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 8.12
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 9.49
8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team 10.11
9 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 10.42
10 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 12.39