Astana displayed it's team dominance with a powerful win in the the Team Time Trial at the Tour de France today. Besting Garmin-Slipstream by 18 seconds, but more interestingly, beating Saxo Bank by just 40 seconds. Putting Lance Armstrong in second, right behind tour leader Fabian Cancellara by fractions of a second.



Stage 4 Results
1 Astana - 0:46:29
2 Garmin - Slipstream - 0:00:18
3 Team Saxo Bank - 0:00:40
4 Liquigas - 0:00:58
5 Team Columbia-HTC - 0:00:59
6 Team Katusha - 0:01:23
7 Caisse d'Epargne - 0:01:29
8 Cervelo Test Team - 0:01:38
9 AG2R-La Mondiale - 0:01:49
10 Euskaltel - Euskadi - 0:02:10





General classification after stage 4
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank - 10:38:07
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:19
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:00:23
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0:00:31
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:00:38
7 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana - 0:00:51
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:00:52
9 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:06
10 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:07


Full results here..



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Fabian Cancellara
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Mark Cavendish
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Jussi Veikkanen
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"Team Astana asserts its dominance in TTT

Garmin-Slipstream settle for second, Cancellara remains in yellow by fractions of a second

Michael Jordan came back to win another three championships with the Chicago Bulls after coming out of retirement, Muhammad Ali looked an impossible victor against George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. And after more than three years out of the limelight, Lance Armstrong almost made a similar mark on history by coming so close to taking another yellow jersey after his Astana team won today's team time trial in Montpellier." Read more from CyclingNews.com...

"Astana steamrolls team time trial
Cancellara keeps the jersey by a fraction of a second over Armstrong

Team Astana blazed through the team time trial to win stage 4. Astana came across the line 40 seconds ahead of the Saxo Bank squad of race leader Fabian Cancellara - the exact margin by which Cancellara led Lance Armstrong on general classification. After some careful math by race officials, Cancellara now holds the yellow jersey by a fraction of a second over Armstrong.

Garmin-Slipstream finished second on the day, 18 seconds down." Read more from VeloNews.com...

"Armstrong just misses yellow as Astana dominate TT

MONTPELLIER, France (AFP) - Lance Armstrong dramatically missed out on the yellow jersey by the slimmest of margins here on Tuesday after his Astana team smashed their rivals apart in the Tour de France's fourth stage time trial.

Astana came over the finish line of the 39km race against the clock 40secs ahead of the Saxo Bank team of Fabian Cancellara, who began and finished the race in the yellow jersey." Read more from the AFP...

"Armstrong just fails to take yellow jersey

(CNN) -- Lance Armstrong has failed by under a second to take the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, after the American's Astana team powered to victory in the 39km fourth stage team time-trial around Montpellier.

Seven-times winner Armstrong began the day 40 seconds behind race leader Fabian Cancellara in third position on general classification -- and his Astana team duly beat Cancellara's Saxon Bank team by that very margin, with the Garmin team splitting them in second position.

The result means Swiss Cancellara keeps hold of the race lead by the slenderest of margins, with 2007 champion and Armstrong's team-mate Alberto Contador in third place, 19 seconds behind the leading two." Read more from CNN International...