June 25, 2007
Karpets is last Vladimir left at TdS
Caisse d'Epargne's Vladimir Karpets emerged victorious from the Tour of Vladimirs, as his teammate and former race leader Vladimir Efimkin faded in the time trial at the Tour of Switzerland Sunday.
CSC's Fabian Cancellara looks like a pretty good bet for the Tour de France prologue in London, as he took the day's 33.7-km time trial by 20 seconds ahead of Astana's Andreas Klöden. Cancellara also took the Swiss prologue, but Sunday was sweeter, coming in Bern, his hometown.
Gerolsteiner's Stefan Schumacher was 3rd on the day, at :33, ahead of Discovery's Stijn Devolder at 1:04, Discovery's Vladimir Gusev, who won Stage 7, at 1:05, and Karpets 6th at 1:06.
Efimkin could manage only 38th, dropping 3:22 to Cancellara.
Frank Schleck had promised to go all out to take the race lead, but he fell to 7th overall with a 29th-place finish on the day, 2:50 back.
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Nice win in the TdSuisse for big, bad Vladdy "Shag" Karpets yesterday. I really wish Versus Network would compress their "what happened in the past 6 stages, a.k.a. 'The Race'" segment into just a little more than 6 minutes (I timed it), though. Except for a few individual rider highlights, TTs don't exactly make for riveting viewing. They have loads of footage of the gorgeous scenery, interesting weather and exciting mountain stages, they compress that into less than one minute per stage, then show 1 hour and 50-odd minutes of an ITT. Sheesh.
Posted by: ewmayer at Jun 25, 2007 12:27:01 PM