SPOILER – Stage 18 Winner and Standings

July 24, 2008

Nice finish overall by the two breakaway riders and Cunego. Cunego found a way to pull back a little time, but he’s still back a lot further than he was at the beginning of the day.

How horrible it must be to stand in 14th position with three or four days to go in the Tour and now be somewhere down in the middle of the pack.

Here’s how the top five crossed the line in today’s 18th Stage…

1. Marcus Burghardt (GER) COL – 196.5km in 4h30’21″ (43.61km/h)
2. Carlos Barredo (ESP) QST – at same time
3. Roman Feillu (FRA) AGR – at 3’33″
4. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA) C.A – at 3’33″
5. Mikel Astarloza (ESP) EUS – at 3’35″

YES, Team Columbia won ANOTHER stage. This might hurt the CSC team lead, but I THINK they measure team points or position based on the cumulative times of all the riders. I don’t know what they do if a rider drops out.

Be nice if someone would comment and let me know.