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Stage 18 – updates from the final time trial of the Tour

5:13[local time] Armstrong has finished in 1:14:16. He has won the stage by 1:23 over Igor González de Galdeano and beat Ullrich by 1:38. Wow. Click here to see preliminary finishing results and starting times for Stage 18 TT.2:15[local time] 5:10[local time] Ullrich has finished in second place -- a likely third -- at 1:15:55. 5:06[local time] Joseba Beloki has finished with a strong 1:16:48, good enough for fifth, but more importantly, he has locked in third place overall. At the third time check, Armstrong has crossed with a 1:07:27 - 1:14 better than Gonzales and 1:36 up on

Armstrong rocks at TT: ‘An effort they’ve never seen before’

With a five-minute lead, overall victory virtually assured, and three stage wins in his pocket, there wasn’t much left for Lance Armstrong to race for on Stage 18’s 61km individual time trial from Montluçon to Saint-Armand-Montrond. Except that, there’s always something for Armstrong to race for at the Tour. On Friday, it was about validating his worthiness to lead the Tour de France. As if that were ever in doubt. But in doing so, Armstrong took his game to another level, one that he said he’s never reached before. On a hot, humid day, over undulating forest roads, Armstrong knew from the

Armstrong wins Stage 18 Time Trial

Stage Winner Lance Armstrong (USA) U.S. Postal Service, 60.5km in 1:14:16---------------------------------- Overall Lead: Lance Armstrong (USA) U.S. Postal Service Sprinter: Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole Climber: Laurent Jalabert (F) CSC-Tiscali Under 25: Oscar Sevilla (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca Click below for full results and overall.

Tech Talk: Who rode what at the final TT

Here's a glimpse of the tools that U.S. Postal, Team Telekom, Cofidis and ONCE riders had at their disposal for the time trial to St. Amand Montrond on July 25. Armstrong's bike, like the other U.S. Postal time trial bikes, has a frame done in the OCLV process, rather than as a monocoque. In other words, each separate part is individually molded, and the whole thing is bonded together. Note Armstrong’s front Hed3 wheel, rear Mavic disc and Vision aero bar with little Dia-Compe-style plug-in brake levers. All of the Trek time trial bikes on U.S. Postal have the same length top tube – 54cm.

Tyler Tunes: Crying Uncle, and tales of Jebb

If things went according to plan, I would have ridden the first half of today's (Montluçom--St. Amand-Montrond) time trial hard to set splits for Lance. But it was apparent by about 5.2 seconds into the race that my body was still crying Uncle. Knowing that I wouldn't be setting any land speed records this afternoon, I opted for plan B, which was to ride steady while conserving a few matches for the next two days. This race won't be finished until Lance crosses the line in Paris. And we'll be on guard until that very moment. So I, along with my teammates, still need some strength. It's