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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.