July 23, 2009
Contador builds lead with time trial win
Alberto Contador, the final rider of the day, won Thursday's time trial stage at the Tour de France and extended his overall lead.
Contador finished second to Frank Cancellara in the time trial that opened this year's Tour de France and Thursday Cancellara, starting well before Contador, posted a time that held up through most of the day.
He finished in 48 minutes, 30 seconds, edging Cancellara by 3 seconds and third-place finisher Mikhail Ignatiev by 15 seconds.
The results pushed Contador's overall standings lead to 4:11 over Andy Schleck, who was 21st in Thursday's stage, while Lance Armstrong, 16th in the stage, moved up to third overall and is 5:25 back of Contador.
There are three stages remaining in the 96th Tour de France. Friday's 106.8-mile route includes a Category 2 climb just ahead of the finish line in Aubenas in southern France.