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It was an amazing finish with all three of the top riders delivering the time trials of their careers. Levi Leipheimer, who's ridden near the top but never ahead this Tour, started almost a minute behind Cadel Evans. Levi delivered a smashing time trial, winning the stage and having us audience members thinking that he might have closed the gap with Evans. Evans rode strong over the final distance, pulling on the handlebars in the final straight to just save his second place podium spot. Alberto Contador, climber not time trialer, saved his yellow jersery and held off both Evans and Leipheimer.

Discovery Channel had an amazing day with Lance in attendance. They finished 1-4-5-7 on the stage and will head into the final Paris stage tomorrow in 1-3 overall. Levi will start 8" behind Evans, so the final standings are not settled yet. Contador has a 23" lead and should be able to cruise to the top podium spot tomorrow.

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Tour de France Stage 19: Pornic-Nantes

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-- My Summary -- armstrong photoullrich photoThe stage is set for a dramatic stage today. Millar currently has the fastest time but has said that the last portion of the race should be neutralized as the conditions are glacial and not safe for Armstrong and Ullrich. There have certainly been several crashes already on the day with the road looking extremely slippery in the rain.

Checkpoint 1: Ullrich and Armstrong dead even at 15'41" (Ullrich has the fast time check overall)

armstrong ridingullrich riding25km to go: Armstrong appears to be gaining time on Ullrich with the overall gap at 1'07"

Approaching the second time check: Ullrich has now gained time on Armstrong and the gap is at 1'02"

Checkpoint 2: Ullrich (35'19") is 2 seconds ahead of Armstrong (35'21"). Ullrich still has the fastest time check

Hamilton finishes with the second fastest time so far at 54'14", 9 seconds behind David Millar

ullrich crashULLRICH DOWN! Going through the second half of the roundabout he slips his wheel (it didn't seem like he was taking it too steep) on slippery pavement and sparks fly up from the rear wheel. Ullrich's bike slides into the protective bales on the side of the road. Ullrich quickly gets up and is on his way again.

Armstrong comes through in the same area and manages to fishtail a bit while accelerating but it okay

Checkpoint 3: Ullrich has really lost his pace. He now slips into third behind Millar for the stage. Ullrich's 45'39" is 22" behind Millar. Armstrong seems to have slowed as well - he comes in at 45'29"

Mayo loses 2'02" to Hamilton at the finish line, HAMILTON IS NOW IN 5th PLACE IN THE GC

Zubeldia finishes but not fast enough -> HAMILTON IS NOW 4th PLACE IN THE GC

Vinokourov finishes and loses time to Hamilton, but still retains his third place overall in the GC

Ullrich finishes at 54'30" behind Millar and Hamilton. Armstrong' yellow jersey is almost certainly confirmed

armstrong finishArmstrong finishes at 54'19" behind Millar and Hamilton, pumping his fist at the finish line as he knows that he will win his 5th Tour de France.