July 08, 2006
Stage 7 ITT preview
Riders will be rolling out at 2-minute intervals until 10:30 a.m. Eastern, on a course that should see a winning time around 1:02:00. It's a fast course from Saint Gregoire to Rennes, where Greg Lemond won a 73km TT in the 1989 Tour.
Among the stage favorites are a mix of GC contenders and time trial specialists: overall hopefuls Floyd Landis, Michael Rogers, Cadel Evans, George Hincapie, Carlos Sastre, and Vladimir Karpets and TT specialists Dave Zabriskie and David Millar.
One thing to watch for today is the biggest test yet of the “Praying Landis,” the high, steeply angled position Landis is using for time trials this year. Landis and his coaches believe it's significantly cleaner aerodynamically than a lower, more traditional position, but Landis says he has to practice it every week, since the position is so different from his regular position.
You can track the intermediate checkpoint timing, and current standings, at letour.fr.
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