Carlos Sastre came in twelth today, two minutes and thirty found seconds behind stage winner Stefan Schumacher, to seal up his Tour de France victory. Sastre was able to hold off his top rivals to stay a minute and five seconds ahead of Cadel Evans in the General Classification.
For Stefan Schumacher, he wins his second TT this tour, besting world champion Fabian Cancellara by 21 seconds.
Stage 20 Results
1 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner - 1.03.50
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC - Saxo Bank - 0.21
3 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - 1.01
4 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 - 1.05
5 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 - 1.37
6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 1.55
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto - 2.05
8 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner - 2.19
9 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner - 2.21
10 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - 2.28
General classification after stage 20
1 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC - Saxo Bank - 84.01.00
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto - 1.05
3 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner - 1.20
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 2.00
5 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 - 3.12
6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC - Saxo Bank - 4.28
7 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi - 6.32
8 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - 7.02
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 7.26
10 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale - 9.12
Full results here..
Links to news sites...
"Sastre retains Tour lead after 20th stage
SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France (AP) - Carlos Sastre has closed in on a victory in the Tour de France by retaining the overall lead after a time trial in the next-to-last stage of the three-week race.
The 33-year-old Spaniard held off his top rivals in Saturday's 20th stage from Cerilly to Saint-Amand-Montrond won by Stefan Schumacher of Germany." Read more from The Associated Press...
"Sastre withstands a challenge from Evans to hold the overall lead
CSC's Carlos Sastre withstood a challenge from Cadel Evans on Saturday to hold his yellow jersey entering the final stage of the 2008 Tour de France.
Sastre ceded just 29 seconds to Evans over the 53km time trial. He enters the Tour's final stage Sunday with a 1:05 lead over Evans, who is on track for his second consecutive second place in the Tour." Read more from VeloNews.com...
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