Alberto Contador Wins Algarve Time Trial; Has GC Lead

PRESS RELEASE - TEAM ASTANA Team Astana’s Alberto Contador took an early season-victory by winning the 4th stage in the Tour of Algarve (Portugal), a 33.7 kilometer individual time trial in Tavira. On a long and challenging route between Castro Marim and Tavira, Contador was 33 seconds faster than Sylvain Chavanel . Team Astana’s Andreas Klöden finished third, 33 seconds behind. … [Read more...]

Stage 20 Recap Video by Versus

This stage 20 recap video is brought to us by our friends at Stats Lie By Paul Sherwen Statistics, maths and history all pointed to Cadel Evans winning the Tour de France in the final individual time trial. However history also predicts that the man who leads the Tour at the Alpe d'Huez always runs out the overall winner- and it proved right again this year. … [Read more...]

Schumacher Powers To Second TT Win

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France, July 26, 2008 (AFP) - Germany's Stefan Schumacher claimed his second time trial victory from this year's Tour de France when he dominated the 20th penultimate stage here on Saturday. Proving that he is a rider to be reckoned with when it comes to the art of the time trial. A new day has dawned, as the guard is changing. The Gerolsteiner rider clocked a time of … [Read more...]

Evans Has The Skills, But Sastre Has The Jersey

by Justin Davis MONTLUCON, France, July 25, 2008 (AFP) - Rabobank team manager Erik Breukink is not alone in hoping for Australia's Cadel Evans to have on off-day when the Tour de France's 20th stage decides who wins the yellow jersey on Saturday. Carlos Sastre of the CSC team will go into the 53km race against the clock from Cerilly to St Amand Montrond with the race lead and the … [Read more...]

Sastre Primed For Yellow Jersey Challenge

MONTLUCON, France, July 25, 2008 (AFP) - With the emergence of a new generation of potential champions, Carlos Sastre is well aware his chance to secure the Tour de France yellow jersey may be his last. The 33-year-old Spaniard goes into the penultimate stage time trial on Saturday with a 1min 34sec lead on his main yellow jersey rival Cadel Evans of Australia. Evans is a far more … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 20 Time Trial Preview Video

This final individual time trial along rolling roads in the Allier and the Cher will fine-tune the individual and team overall placings. A last battle between the top riders could still take place here. … [Read more...]

Scott Sunderland Satisfied As Cadel Evans Fights To Beat Carlos Sastre

by Justin Davis MONTLUCON, France, July 25, 2008 (AFP) - Australian Scott Sunderland has spent three weeks trying to make sure compatriot Cadel Evans loses the Tour de France. Now Sunderland, a co-team manager with CSC, is preparing for the distinct possibility that Evans will upset his race leader Carlos Sastre in Saturday's penultimate stage time trial. Sastre goes into … [Read more...]

Cadel Evans Tipped For Yellow Jersey Ahead Of TT Decider

by Justin Davis SAINT ETIENNE, France, July 25, 2008 (AFP) - Cadel Evans has been tipped to overhaul his 1min 34sec deficit to Spanish rival Carlos Sastre ahead of their duel for the Tour de France yellow jersey in the final time trial on Saturday. Sastre, who rides for the CSC team run by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis, stole the limelight on the final day in the Alps Wednesday … [Read more...]

CSC Aims To Rip Cadel Evans Apart Leading Up To The Time Trial

CUNEO, Italy, July 21, 2008 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis doesn't need to dig too deeply into his memory to know that the next two stages of the race will be crucial for his CSC team's yellow jersey chances. For the man who ended the five-year yellow jersey reign of the Spanish time trial specialist Miguel Indurain with decisive attacks which began in the Italian Alps in … [Read more...]

Tour de France Through Stage 4 — All You Really Need To Know

There's little exciting about a time trial unless you're the guy on the bike. For fans, it's just "there goes one, there goes another."  But we all know the Tour actually started today.  Everything before has been about pageantry and trying not to fall off the bike or otherwise embarrass yourself with stinkin' thinkin' (ahem, Menchov).  Not to dwell further, we'll break this down for you … [Read more...]