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Tour de France: Contador, Schleck look ahead of final 4 stages

07-22-2010 14:33 BJT

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Luxembourg's Team Saxo Bank rider Andy Schleck thinks he'll have to be wearing the yellow jersey going into Saturday's penultimate time trial stage if he's to have any chance of winning the 2010 Tour de France.

With only four stages left in the Tour de France, all riders took a very well earned rest day on Wednesday.

One thing that didn't stop was the continuing analysis of Monday's stage 15, when two-time winner and defending champion Alberto Contador of the Astana team wrested the coveted yellow jersey from Team Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck.

Contador took advantage of a mechanical failure and sprinted away up the Port de Bales to cause a 39-second swing in the overall standings.

Contador said, "Well, I'm in a great position for tomorrow, and will feel much better going into Saturday if I'm in front. Today we're going to take advantage of a day relaxing and get set for the rest of the race."

There was no change in the General Classification after Tuesday's 199.5 kilometers Stage 16, edging Contador ever closer to a third Tour de France title in four years.

Plus the Spaniard has Saturday's penultimate stage, a 52 kilometre time trial between Bordeaux and Pauillac, up his sleeve.

The situation is not lost on Schleck. The 25 year-old Saxo Bank rider must make his move before the time trial and have taken back the yellow jersey by then in order to have any chance of a first Tour de France title.

Schleck said, "I've been training good this morning and... I'm ready for tomorrow. It can come and I'm pretty sure we'll have a good race tomorrow."

On Thursday the peloton leaves Pau on a 174 kilometre trek to the Col du Tourmalet.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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