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Stage 9 …And They’re Off!

Lanester / Lorient 52 km

The real race for the maillot jaune started today as the yellow peloton set off one-by-one around the 52 km individual time trial course on this last stage in northern France. It was also a day of surprises as we saw the cream rise to the top of this Tour…
1. Lance Armstrong did NOT win the TT. He was 2nd at 0:11”.
2. Lance Armstrong did NOT take over the yellow jersey, he’s 2nd again at 0:26”
3. Santiago Botero (Kelme) won the TT, and became the first Columbian in eons to show any kind of time trialing prowess in the Tour.
4. Igor Gonzalez di Galdeano retained his overall leaders jersey, as a result of his awesome ride today, conceding only 8 seconds to Armstrong.
5. Lucky 7’s for David Millar who rode to 7th place today in both the TT and GC, and is having his best Tour ever.
6. Tyler Hamilton could do no better than 12th place today at 1’56”. We expected better from Tyler after his Giro performance.
7. Levi Leipheimer was 19th today at 2’35”, and is now 22nd overall at 4’39” – it’s a rare thing indeed to simply show up and win the Tour, so Levi is actually doing pretty well for his first try.

So now’s the time to start paying attention, especially if you’ve been dozing the past few days. Tomorrow we’ll have a full summary of the first week of racing, and then the action continues Wednesday as the riders head towards the base of the Pyrenees for Thursday.

Results Stage 9
1. BOTERO Santiago COL KEL en 1h 02′ 18″
2. ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP а 00′ 11″
3. HONCHAR Serhiy UKR FAS а 00′ 18″
4. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor ESP ONE а 00′ 19″
5. BODROGI Laszlo HUN MAP а 00′ 25″
6. RUMSAS Raimondas LTU LAM а 00′ 25″
7. MILLAR David GBR COF а 00′ 50″
8. FRIGO Dario ITA TAC а 01′ 34″
9. PERON Andrea ITA CST а 01′ 34″
10. BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE а 01′ 38″

Results Overall After Stage 9
1. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor ESP ONE en 33h 21′ 23″
2. ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP а 00′ 26″
3. BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE а 01′ 23″
4. HONCHAR Serhiy UKR FAS а 01′ 35″
5. BOTERO Santiago COL KEL а 01′ 55″
6. PERON Andrea ITA CST а 02′ 08″
7. MILLAR David GBR COF а 02′ 11″
8. RUMSAS Raimondas LTU LAM а 02′ 22″
9. HAMILTON Tyler USA CST а 02′ 30″
10. AZEVEDO Josй POR ONE а 02′ 45″

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