Tour de France Stage 18 results reveal Alberto Contador as the time trial winner Thursday. Read more about the story plus see photos and video below.
Alberto Contador furthered his overall lead in the 2009 Tour de France Thursday by winning the Stage 18 time trial of the 26 stage event.
Contador, who finished Stage 18 in 48 minutes and 31 seconds, beat out Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, who came in second, and Mikhail Ignatieve of Russia, who took third. He said:
“I went all out. Of course, what I especially wanted was to think about general class. A stage victory was less important. I’m very happy. I didn’t expect it.”
Lance Armstrong is in third place overall, finishing 16th today. Armstrong, whose emotions were all over the place about his ride Thursday, said:
“Sixteenth in a time trial is not a good result. But my ambition is to get on the podium, so I have to be happy with that. I suffered. I probably started too hard and maybe I was just empty from yesterday and those cramps I suffered at the end of the (17th) stage.”
Check out video of the Tour de France Stage 18 results below.
Tour de France Stage 18 Results – Video