Tour de France: It all comes down to this

In less than eight hours the climatic finish to a great Tour de France will begin. In the overall GC, Ullrich will be chasing Armstrong's lead of 1'07", but on the ground it will be Armstrong chasing Ullrich with the two slated to be the last two riders off the ramp.

Weather predictions call for early rain that may subside, with tail winds pushing the riders towards the finish in Nantes.

Ullrich will be steaming along in a beefy 56x11. This race is all set to be sickeningly fast, with Armstrong predicting a record time for this TT. Regardless, this TdF will go down in the books: * Stage 1-5: Petacchi dominating the early stages, then dropping out in the first mountain stage * Stage 4: US Postal getting their first ever TTT win, with all nine riders crossing the line * Stage 8: Dramatic attacks all the way up Alpe d'Huez that dropped Ullrich but ultimately gave the stage to Mayo * Stage 9: Beloki's awful crash followed by Armstrong's offroading * Stage 12: Ullrich beating Armstrong in the first Time Trial with the only sub-hour performance on the day * Stage 15: Luz-Ardiden - Attack, Attack, Attack, Crash, Slip, Attack * Stage 16: not content to merely finish the TdF, Hamilton picks up a stage win (staying in front for 140km) and is now in position to shoot for a top five overall finish tomorrow * a green jersey competition that will come down to the last day (again) * possibly the fastest TdF ever (not a bad feat for the 100th TdF)

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