Tour de France 2009 stage 17 results and standings Contador keeps yellow Armstrong slips to fourth
Posted Jul 22 2009 10:06pm
Stage 17 of the Tour de France was all about the Schleck brothers.
Andy and Fränk Schleck (Lux Team Saxo Bank) worked together to try to grab the yellow jersey away from team Astana and in the process grabbed a win for Frank Schleck.
On the last climb of the day both brothers took turns trying to breakaway from Alberto Contador, but in the end only managed to pull the Spanish rider away from his competition and into a stronger overall first place.
While the two brothers did rocket up the General Standings (GC) to second and third, they also now trail Cantador by well over two minutes for the lead of the race
In the second chase group Lance Armstrong took on the role of team player as he clung to Bradley Wiggin' s back wheel to make sure the British rider could not threaten for the lead. However in the process he lost big chunks of time that put him into fourth place with now an almost four minute gap to make up to get into the yellow jersey in Paris.
There are still two stages left that could determine the race including tomorrow' s stage 18 individual time trial.
Top Riders Stage 17 Results:
1. Frank Schleck Team Saxo Bank in 4:53:54
2. Alberto Contador Astana
3. Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank at 00:00
4. Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas in 4:56:12 at 02:18
5. Lance Armstrong Astana in 4:56:12 at 02:18
6. Andréas KlÖden Astana in 4:56:21 at 02:27
7. Bradley Wiggins Garmin - Slipstream in 4:57:01 at 03:07
8. Christophe Moreau Agritubel in 4:58:03 at 04:09
9. Christian Vande Velde Garmin - Slipstream in 4:58:03 at 04:09
10. Rémi Pauriol Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne in 5:00:04 at 06:10
GC Standings after Stage 17:
1. Alberto Contador Astana in 72:27:09
2. Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank in 72:29:35
3. Frank Schleck Team Saxo Bank in 72:30:34 at 03:25
4. Lance Armstrong Astana in 72:31:04 at 03:55
5. Andréas KlÖden Astana in 72:31:53 at 04:44
6. Bradley Wiggins Garmin - Slipstream in 72:32:02 at 04:53
7. Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas in 72:32:18 at 05:09
8. Christian Vande Velde Garmin - Slipstream in 72:35:17 at 08:08
9. Christophe Le Mevel Francaise Des Jeux in 72:36:28 at 09:19
10. Mikel Astarloza Euskaltel - Euskadi in 72:37:59 at 10:50