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Stage Stats: Stage 19 by the numbers

WeatherSunny to partly sunny, warm, humid, afternoon breezes, highs 30-34C Stage winnerSergei Gontchar (T-Mobile), 1h07:45, 50.480kph – The Ukraine won his second time trial of this year’s Tour, finishing 41 seconds ahead of teammate Andreas Kloden and to Floyd Landis (Phonak) at 1:11. Race leaderFloyd Landis (Phonak), 3,502.6km, 85h42:30, 40.861kph – Landis erased a 30-second deficit to Oscar Peirero (Caisse d’Epargne) to grab the maillot jaune going into Sunday’s finale into Paris. Pereiro slipped to second while Kloden bumped onto the podium with Carlos Sastre (CSC) dropped to fourth.

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Stage 19, Le Creusot to Montceau-les-Mines, 57km (individual time trial)

By Andrew Hood

Weather
Sunny to partly sunny, warm, humid, afternoon breezes, highs 30-34C

Stage winner
Sergei Gontchar (T-Mobile), 1h07:45, 50.480kph – The Ukraine won his second time trial of this year’s Tour, finishing 41 seconds ahead of teammate Andreas Kloden and to Floyd Landis (Phonak) at 1:11.

Race leader
Floyd Landis (Phonak), 3,502.6km, 85h42:30, 40.861kph – Landis erased a 30-second deficit to Oscar Peirero (Caisse d’Epargne) to grab the maillot jaune going into Sunday’s finale into Paris. Pereiro slipped to second while Kloden bumped onto the podium with Carlos Sastre (CSC) dropped to fourth. Australia riders Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers secured top 10s, with fifth and 10th respectively.

Green jersey
No major changes as Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) will ride into Paris assured of his third green jersey. He leads former six-time green jersey winner Erik Zabel (Milram), 254-175.

King of the Mountains
Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) will be crowned Sunday with his second consecutive polka-dot jersey, leading 163-131 points to Floyd Landis (Phonak).

Best Young Rider
Damiano Cunego (Lampre) surprised everyone with the time trial of his life with 10th to widen his advantage to Marcus Fothen (Gerolsteiner) to 36 seconds.

Best team
T-Mobile was best on the day and widens its hold on the overall team’s classification, 17:20 ahead of Team CSC.

Lanterne Rouge
Wim Vansevenant (Davitamon-Lotto) retained his last place, 141st at 3h50:36

The peloton
140 riders – Robert Hunter (Phonak) missed time cut

Medical report
Christophe Moreau (Ag2r) crashed with cuts to right shoulder … Florent Brard (Caisse d’Epargne) crashed with cuts to right hand … Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) bloody nose

Jury decisions
Robert Hunter (Phonak) eliminated for not making the time cut, missing the 25 percent limit by 1 minute, 12 seconds.

Forecast
Sunny to mostly sunny, highs in mid-30s