Meanwhile the race for the top of the GC played out in a similar fashion to yesterday's battle. The big blue train led Lance through the base of the penultimate climb. Then it came down to Lance, Ulrich and Basso. Basso attacked, Lance covered and Ulrich dropped. Rasmussen was not able to hang with the leaders but caught back up with Ulrich at the top of the climb. That moved Basso into second place but Rasmussen has three minutes on Ulrich for the last spot on the Podium. In the opening TT, Ulrich finished 2:06 ahead of Rasmussen a stage less than half the distance compared to the TT in Stage 20. It would seem that Ulrich still has a very good chance to get on the podium in Paris.
The tour claimed two more riders today.
One week to Paris!
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