Cérilly-Saint Amand Montrond, 53km ITT

What will happen?

Put simply, Cadel Evans will get back all the time he lost to Carlos Sastre in the Alps – and some – to win the 2008 Tour de France.

Today is the day of reckoning – the penultimate stage of the 2008 Tour is a 53km test against the clock. As a reminder, the top four in the overall standings currently looks like this:


1. Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC-Saxo Bank

2. Frank Schleck (Lux) CSC-Saxo Bank at 1m 24secs

3. Bernhard Kohl (Ger) Gerolsteiner at 1m 33secs

4. Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto at 1m 34secs

Evans is by far and away the best man against the clock in the top four, and will easily make up that 94 second deficit against Sastre. Schleck and Kohl are also not great in time trials, so they are out of the picture.

This is going to be one of the closest Tours ever, and whoever wins the final, overall classification it is going to come down to seconds rather than minutes.

What’s the course like?

There have been several lengthy discussions on internet forums regarding the nature of today’s time trial course. Some are saying that it is twisty and hilly, and will suit Sastre more than Evans.

Not so. CW’s Ed Pickering went around the course with Garmin-Chipotle manager Jonathan Vaughters yesterday, and says that it is one for the rouleurs. It’s a bit draggy, with wide straights and hardly any corners that someone of Evans’ calibre will even have to touch the brakes for.

There’s one small hill about 2/3 of the way in, but the riders will barely even notice its presence.

“It has Evans’ name all over it,” is how Vaughters put it.

What about Dave?

British TT specialist David Millar has had a fairly quiet final week in the Tour, perhaps he’s been saving his energy for today – the course is one that would suit him as much as anyone. He should be on for a top ten ride.

Will Sastre stay in yellow?

No. Sastre should enjoy his last day in yellow. It’ll be Cadel Evans’ after today.

Who’s wearing the jerseys?

Carlos Sastre (CSC)

Green Oscar Freire (Rabobank)

Polka-dot Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner)

White Andy Schleck (CSC)

CW’s tip for the win

If Evans is going to win the overall it would be a nice finish for him to do it by winning a stage. In all likelihood he’ll get beaten by one or more of the TT specialists. We reckon the winner will come from one of the following: Christian Vande Velde or Fabian Cancellara. Despite having an ominously relaxed day yesterday, we think that Cancellara has been nailing it too much in the hills for CSC and must be running on empty. We’ll go for Vande Velde.

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Stage 19: Chavanel wins, time trial showdown looms

Stage 18: Burghardt shows that Columbia can win without Cav

Stage 17: Sastre wins on Alpe d’Huez, takes lead

Stage 16: Dessel wins

Stage 15: Schleck takes lead in the Alps

Stage 14: Oscar Freire wins in Digne-les-Bains

Stage 13: Cavendish takes fourth win

Stage 12: Cavendish makes it three

Stage 11: Arvesen wins

Stage 10: Evans takes yellow jersey by one second

Stage nine: Ricco wins in the Pyrenees

Stage eight: Cavendish wins again in Toulouse

Stage seven: Sanchez takes action-packed stage

Stage six: Ricco storms to win

Stage five: Cavendish takes first Tour win

Stage four: Schumacher wins TT and takes race lead

Stage three: Dumoulin wins stage from break

Stage two: Hushovd wins chaotic sprint

Stage one: Valverde wins


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Comment: Why Cav is right to go home today

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Ricco speaks on Italian television

Cavendish joins the all-time greats

Saunier Duval sack Ricco and Piepoli

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Ricco denies doping at the Tour

Saunier Duval pull out of Tour

Tour’s top ten changes

Ricco positive for EPO at Tour

Analysis: Tour de France rest day summary

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Evans suffers but takes yellow jersey [stage 10]

Analysis: Hautacam shakes up 2008 Tour

Ricco silences critics with solo attack in Pyrenees [stage nine]

Cavendish talks about his second stage win [stage eight]

Beltran heads home but doubts remain about other Tour riders

David Millar: the dope controls are working

Manuel Beltran tests positive for EPO at the Tour

Comment: How the Tour rediscovered its spirit

Doping back in Tour de France headlines

Millar: close but no cigar in Super-Besse [stage six]

Super-Besse shows form of main contenders [stage six]

Millar to go for yellow [stage six]

Team Columbia’s reaction to Cavendish’s win [stage five]

Cavendish talks about his Tour stage win

Tour comment: Why Evans should be happy [stage four]

Millar: Still aiming for Tour yellow jersey [stage 4]

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Cavendish disappointed with stage two result

Millar too close to Tour yellow jersey

Stage 2 preview: A sprint finish for Cavendish?

Millar happy after gains precious seconds in Plumelec

Valverde delighted with opening Tour stage win

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