Stage 9: Live update summary

17:35 Top Five Overall...
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano will wear the yellow jersey in the 10th stage! The overall standings after the 52km time trial for stage nine are:
1. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (ONCE-Eroski)
2. Lance Armstrong (US Postal Service) @ 26"
3. Joseba Beloki (ONCE-Eroski) @ 1'23"
4. Sergei Honchar (Fassa Bortolo) 1'35"
5. Santiago Botero (Kelme-Costa Blanca) @ 1'55"

17:33 The Top Three...
The top three in the stage are:
1. Santiago Botero (Kelme)
2. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) @ 11"
3. Sergei Honchar (Fassa Bortolo) @ 18"
(Sorry that we couldn't report this earlier, there was an power-surge which shorted out the administration van as Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano passed under the 1km to go banner.)

17:16 Gonzalez Still In Yellow
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano will wear the yellow jersey in the 10th stage after finishing just 9" behind Armstrong at the end of the 52km time trial.

17:11 Beloki's Finishing Time
At the end of his time trial, Joseba Beloki, has lost 1'38" to Botero. His time was 1h03'56" (racing at an average speed of 48.8kph).

17:08 The Final Top Five At 46km
With all riders now past the 46km mark, the top five is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 46km in 55'19"
2. ARMSTRONG (USA, USP) at 05"
3. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) at 08"
4. I. GONZALEZ GALDEANO (ESP, ONE) at 17"
5. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 28"

17:07 Igor Still In Yellow With Only 6km To Go
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano has lost just 12" to Armstrong at the 3rd time check of the day. Lance needed more than 34" to inherit the overall lead today.

17:06 Beloki Behind By 1'25" At 46km
Joseba Beloki has lost 1'25" to Botero at the 46km mark.

17:05 Millar The Best Young Rider!
Millar will wear the white jersey in stage 10 (not tomorrow, but the next day). Nozal finished with a time of 1h05'47"; Millar's time was 1h03'08"... David had to beat the Spaniard by just 1'13" to take the lead in the youth category.

17:02 Olano 26th At 46km
Olano has a time of 58'00" at the 46km mark. He is over 2 minutes behind the leading margin of Botero at the 3rd time check.

17:01 David Millar To Wear White Jersey Tomorrow...
Unless Isidro Nozal does something incredible in the final 5km, David Millar will take the lead in the Best Young Rider classification at the end today's stage. Millar finished with a time of 1h03'08". Nozal, the current leader of the youth category has lost 3'03" at the 46km mark to Botero. Millar began the day 1'13" behind Nozal.

16:55 Final Top Five At 35km
With Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano now past the 35km time check, the top five is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 00:42:16
2. ARMSTRONG (USA, USP) at ST
3. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) at 02"
4. I. GONZALEZ GALDEANO (ESP, ONE) at 07"
5. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 15"

16:53 Igor 4th At 35km Mark
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano is 4th at the 35km mark. He was 7" behind the time of Botero at the 2nd time check.

16:52 Armstrong's Final Time: 2nd Best!
Lance has finished his time trial with a time of 1h02'29" - he is 10.66 seconds behind Botero in the stage!

16:50 Hamilton At The Finish
Tyler Hamilton won't repeat his victory in the time trial stage of the Giro d'Italia. His final time was 1h04'14" - good enough for 9th at the moment.

16:49 2km To Go For Lance
Lance is continuing to spin a high cadence in his time trial. He has less than 2km to race - and to try and make up the 5" that he was behind Botero at the 46km mark.

16:48 Top Five At 46km
After Lance passed the 46km time check, the top five is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 46km in 55'19"
2. ARMSTRONG (USA, USP) at 05"
3. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) at 08"
4. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 28"
5. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 33"

16:47 Unlikely That Lance Will Take Yellow Today
Lance Armstrong needed to make up at least 34" to take over the lead of the Tour de France today. He is currently the 2nd-best rider in the stage, but Igor has the advantage of knowing what the defending Tour champion's times are... Igor was faster at the 19.5km mark.

16:45 Armstrong Still Behind Botero
At the 46km mark, Armstrong is in 2nd place - 5" behind the mark set by Santi Botero!

16:44 Hamilton In 9th At 46km
Tyler has passed the 46km mark 1'39" behind the lead of Botero - good enough for 9th place for the moment.

16:43 Jalabert's Final Time...
Laurent Jalabert has finished with a time of 1h05'50". He is in 33rd place 3'32" behind the time of Botero.

16:40 Jalabert 3'03" Behind At 46km
The puncture has cost Jalabert dearly. He is now 3'03" behind the lead of Botero at the 3rd time check (in 29th place!).

16:39 Armstrong's Chain In The Middle Of His Cluster...
Lance is riding a top gear of 55x11, but for the moment his chain is in the middle of his rear cluster. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, on the other hand is pedalling a slower cadence with his chain down on the 11-tooth sprocket (although we don't know what the Spaniard has up front).

16:37 The Final Top Five At 19.5km
With all the riders now past the first time check, the top five is:
1. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) 19.5km in 24':40"
2. BOTERO (COL, KEL) at 02"
3. GONZALEZ GALDEANO (ESP, ONE) at 05"
4. ARMSTRONG (USA, USP) at 06"
5. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 12".
If Igor can continue at this rate, he'll retain the yellow jersey at the end of the stage!

16:36 Igor Behind By 5"
At the 1st time check, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano is 5" behind Honchar's fastest time at the 19.5km mark.

16:35 Landis 10th At Finish
The rider who finished the Dauphine Libere stage race in 2nd place behind Armstrong, Floyd Landis, has the 10th best time at the finish for the moment.

16:34 Beloki 8th At 19.5km
At the 1st time check, Beloki has a time good enough for 8th place with just Igor to come past the time check at the 19.5km mark.

16:33 Top Five At 35km After Lance...
Lance is about .5 of a second behind Botero at teh 35km mark. The top five at the 2nd time check is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 00:42:16
2. ARMSTRONG (USA, USP) @ st
3. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) at 02"
4. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 15"
5. MILLAR (GBR, COF) at 22"

16:32 Armstrong At 35km...
Lance has posted a time of 42'16.77: he is now about half a second behind the time of Santiago Botero who still has the best time of the day at the 35km mark.

16:29 Hamilton 35km in 43'03"
Hamilton's time after 35km was 43'03" - enough for sixth place for the moment.

16:28 Peron 6th At 35km Mark
Jalabert's team-mate Peron has posted the 6th best time at the 35km mark. The next rider to pass the 2nd time check will be Tyler Hamilton who was 6th-best at the 19.5km mark.

16:25 Jalabert Loses At Least 25" With Bike Change
The mechanical problems have cost Jalabert at least 25". The mechanic attempted to change the rear wheel, but then Jaja threw his bike to the ground in disgust. The next option was a new bike. The whole process will only add to his deficit to the stage leaders...

16:23 Puncture For Jalabert!
Luarent Jalabert has punctured during the time trial. They attempted to change the rear wheel, but then opted for a new bike!

16:22 Hamilton 6th At 1st Check
Tyler Hamilton has passed the 1st time check in 6th place. He is 34" slower than Honchar at the same mark.

16:21 Jalabert At 35km Mark
After passing the 1st check in 9th place, Jalabert has recorded a time of 43'44" - and he remains the 9th best rider.

16:19 Honchar Now In 2nd
Honchar has pushed Millar into 5th place. The Ukranian's time was 1h02'36" - enough for 2nd place behind Botero.

16:18 Top Five After Millar's Ride...
The top five after Millar finished is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 01:02:18.620
2. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 24"
3. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 25"
4. MILLAR (GBR, COF) at 49"
5. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 01' 33"

16:17 Millar's Final Time...
David Millar has finished with a time of 1h03'08" - 49" slower than Botero. Millar's average speed was 49.72kph.

16:15 The Top Five At 19.5km After Armstrong
The top five at the 1st check after Lance passed is:
1. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) 24:40
2. BOTERO (COL, KEL) at 02"
3. ARMSTRONG (USA, USP) at 06"
4. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 12"
5. MILLAR (GBR, COF) at 24"

16:14 Armstrong's First Time Check
At the 19.5km mark, Lance Armstrong has posted a time of 24'46" - good enough for 3rd place at this stage of the race.

16:13 Honchar 2nd By 8" At 46km
Honchar is now 8" behind the mark of Botero at the 3rd time check. The Ukranian led at the 1st time check... but he's now in 2nd place.

16:12 Hamilton & Armstrong The Next Riders At 19.5km
Andrea Peron has just passed the 19.5km mark. The next two riders to pass the first time check are Tyler Hamilton and his former team-mate, Lance Armstrong. Hamilton's time is the 5th best of the day at the Redene time check.

16:11 Gonzalez de Galdeano Racing!
The last rider to start the stage, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano has started his time trial. His team manager, Manolo Saiz, is in the car behind the rider in 2nd overall, Beloki.

16:10 Millar's Time At 46km...
At the 3rd time check, David Millar has posted a time of 55'57" - enough to put him in 4th for the moment. He is 38" behind the rider who beat him into 2nd place at the world championships last year, Botero.

16:08 Sastre 48th At 19.5km Mark
Carlos Sastre, who started the day in 11th place overall, is in 48th place at the 19.5km mark.

16:07 Beloki About To Start
Joseba Beloki is now in the start house. He is the 2nd last rider to start the stage.

16:05 "Eki": 7th At 35km
Ekimov is currently in 7th place 1'19" behind the time set by Santi Botero at the 35km mark.

16:04 Jalabert's First Time Check...
At the 19.5km mark, Laurent Jalabert's time is 25'33" - enough for 9th place at the first time check.

16:02 Black & Gold Shoes For Abraham
Abraham Olano - the 4th-last rider to start - has begun the time trial. He is wearing a black Sidi shoe on his right foot and a gold shoe on his left foot.

16:00 The New Top 5 At 35km...
After Honchar passed the 2nd time check the top five at 35km is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 42'16"
2. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) at 02"
3. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 15"
4. MILLAR (GBR, COF) at 22"
5. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 33"

15:59 Honchar's Time At 35km
The 2000 world time trial champion, Sergei Honchar, has set a time of 42'18" at the 35km mark to pass the second time check 2" behind Botero. He was 2" ahead of Botero at the first time check.

15:56 Millar 3rd At 35km
David Millar has passed the 35km time check in 3rd place. He is 22" behind Botero...

15:54 The ONCE Seven Start...
Marcos Serrano is the latest rider to depart the start house. He is the first of the latter ONCE-Eroski riders to start... from hereon in, there are only ONCE riders yet to begin the 9th stage. Next to go is Azevedo, followed by: Nozal, Olano, Jaksche, Beloki and Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano.

15:52 The Top 5 At 19.5km...
Millar's time took a short while to be posted, but he is currently in 4th place at the first time check. The top five at the 19.5km mark is:
1. HONCHAR (UKR, FAS) 19.5km in 24'40"
2. BOTERO (COL, KEL) at 02"
3. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 12"
4. MILLAR (GBR, COF) at 24"
5. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 39"

15:50 Millar In 4th Place At 19.5km
At the 19.5km David Millar has posted the 4th best time of the day. The Scotsman is 24" behind the time of Sergei Honchar.

15:48 The Top Five After Botero's Ride
With Botero taking the average speed to 50.08kph, the top five is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 52km in 1h02'18.620
2. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 24"
3. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 25"
4. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 01'33"
5. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 02'07"

15:47 Hamilton Racing...
Tyler Hamilton is now racing. The American rider won the 11th stage time trial in the Giro d'Italia this year (a different race at a different time of year, but proof that he has the talent to beat some of the world's best riders!).

15:45 Botero's Finishing Time... Fastest!
At the end of the 52km stage, Botero has set a time of 1h02'18" - an average speed of 50.08kph - to lead the stage for the moment.

15:44 The New Top 5
After Rumsas's time trial, the top five are:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 52km in 1h02'43"
2. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 00"
3. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) 01'08"
4. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 01'43"
5. TAULER (ESP, KEL) at 01'49"

15:43 Honchar 2" Better Than Botero
Botero's time at the 19.5km mark has been beated by Sergei Honchar (who posted a time 2" better than the Colombian).

15:42 Lance Still In Blue Jersey
Lance Armstrong is currently in the final phase of preparation for the time trial. He starts his race at 3.49pm. He is currently 34" behind the overall lead of Gonzalez de Galdeano. Can the Postal rider make up that deficit to the rider who finished in 2nd place in the final time trial of last years Tour? We'll know in a little over an hours' time.

15:40 Botero Leads By 28"
At the 46km mark, Botero has set a new best time. He leads Rumsas by 28" and Bodrogi by 33".

15:39 Botero Catches Six Minute Man
Santiago Botero - who has led at the first two checks of the stage - has just passed Cedric Vasseur who began the stage six minutes in front of him.

15:37 Rumsas Beat's Bodrogi's Time Again
At the 46km mark, the top five has changed again thanks to the efforts of Rumsas. The current standings at the 3rd check are:
1. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) 46km in 55'47"
2. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 5"
3. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 1'01"
4. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 1'20"
5. BELOHVOSCIKS (LAT, LAM) at 1'32"

15:35 Heras Now Racing
The winner of the 2000 Vuelta A Espana, Roberto Heras, has started his race today. He is tipped by some pundits to finish this year's Tour in 2nd place overall... but it's very early days in a race which has yet to reach the mountains.

15:34 Kivilev in 60th Place
The rider who was 4th overall in the 2001 Tour has passed the 35km mark in 61st place. Andrei Kivilev's time at the 2nd check was 46'04". (The time of Botero, the current mark to aim for, is 42'16".)

15:32 Current Top Five At 35km
Santiago Botero's mark at the 35km isn't likely to be beaten until the arrival of Lance Armstrong (who is yet to start his time trial). Here is the current top five at the Guidel-Plages time check:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 35km in 42'16"
2. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 15"
3. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 33"
4. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 01'19"
5. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 01'25"

15:29 15 Riders Yet To Start
George Hincapie is the latest rider to leave the start house. The 15 riders who are yet to start are: Landis, Sorensen, Heras, Jalabert, Sastre, Peron, Hamilton, Armstrong, Serrano, Azevedo, Nozal, Olano, Jaksche, Beloki and Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano.

15:26 Botero At 2nd Time Check
At the 35km mark, Santiago Botero has set a time of 42'16" to post a new best time at the 2nd intermediate check. His average speed is 49.68kph!

15:23 Rumsas Fastest At 2nd Check
Raimondus Rumsas has passed the 35km time check in 42'31" - 18" better than Bodrogi's time. We can now expect to see today's stage raced at over 50kph.
Bodrogi's time - still the fastest at the finish - was set by racing at an average speed of 49.747kph.

15:21 Ekimov Racing
The Olympic time trial champion, Viatcheslav Ekimov has started the 9th stage. He said yesterday that he would like to keep racing through to the 2004 Olympics (when he'll be 38-years old).

15:20 O'Grady Home...
The Australian rider who rode as part of the winning Credit Agricole team in last year's team time trial (while in the yellow jersey), Stuart O'Grady, has finished in 19th place with a time of 1h05'58".

15:17 Honchar Start His TT
The winner of the rainbow jersey of world time trial champion in 2000, Sergei Honchar, has started his time trial. He is the 164th rider to start the 9th stage. His title was won near the site of today's stage, when Plouay was the host city of the world championships.

15:15 Sevilla At Finish
Oscar Sevilla is in 10th at the moment after finishing the course in a time of 1h'05'15" - he is 2'32" behind the mark of Bodrogi.

15:14 Leipheimer's Time At 35km
At the 35km mark, the time of Levi Leipheimer is 1'22" behind the mark of Bodrogi. It now seems unlikely that the American Rabobank rider will be able to match his 2nd place in the first two time trials of the 2001 Vuelta.

15:10 New Top 5 At 19.5km
The new top five at the first time check is:
1. BOTERO (COL, KEL) 19.5km in 24'42"
2. RUMSAS (LTU, LAM) at 10"
3. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) at 37"
4. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 43"
5. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 50"

15:09 Botero's Time At 19.5km...
At the first time check, Santiago Botero has set a time of 24'42" - 10" faster than Rumas' time. The Colombian Kelme rider has just flown passed his 2-minute man, Marco Velo.

15:06 Rumsas Takes 27" Off Bodrogi's Time At 19.5km
The Lampre rider who finished 3rd in the prologue, Rumsas, has set the fastest time of the day at the 1st check. He was 27" faster than Bodrogi with a time of 24'52".

15:05 55 x 11 Gearing For Lance
Johan Bruyneel has confirmed the top gear which is on the bike of Lance Armstrong. The US Postal rider traditionally rides his time trials with a very rapid cadence, so it's not too likely that he'll spend all of today's race in his top gear, a 55 chainring, and 11-tooth sprocket... but with patches of the course with a tailwind you can bank on him hitting the 55/11 in some stages.

15:03 The New Top Five
After Wauters' ride, the top five at the finish is:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 52km in 42'49"
2. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 46"
3. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 52"
4. BELOHVOSCIKS (LAT, LAM) at 01'10"
5. HORILLO (ESP, MAP) at 01'16"

15:01 Green Jersey Racing...
Erik Zabel has started his time trial in a green skinsuit. The Telekom rider last began a time trial - the team test of stage five - in a yellow skinsuit.

15:00 Wauters In 3rd For Now
Marc Wauters has finished his time trial in 3rd place with a time of 1h04'26". The Belgian was 2nd at the first check and 3rd and both the 2nd and 3rd intermediate checks. He is 1'43 behind the best time of the day.

14:59 At 3-Minute Intervals Now
The last 28 riders will start at three minute intervals. The latest rider to start is Francisco Mancebo - the Best Young Rider two years ago. He was the 157th rider to leave the start house.

14:57 Sevilla 12 At 35km Mark
Oscar Sevilla has passed the 2nd time check in 12th place (1'39" behind the lead of Bodrogi).

14:56 McGee In 6th At Finish
McGee has finished his time trial in 6th place for the time being. The winner of stage 7 was 5th at the first check, but he's finished the 52km race 2'19" behind Bodrogi's mark.

14:55 Julich 18th At Finish
Bobby Julich can't seem to match his form from 1998. He has finished today's race in 18th place (for the moment). The rider who finished 3rrd overall four years ago was 3'31" behind the time of Bodrogi.

14:54 Sevilla Catches Renier
The rider who finished the 11th stage time trial last year in 5th place, Oscar Sevilla, has caught his 2-minute man, Franck Renier.

14:48 Armstrong Due To Start At 3.49pm: Igor At 4.10pm
The two favourites for today's time trial, the defending champion Armstrong and the current yellow jersey are due to start their time trials shortly. Armstrong is shceduled to leave at 3.49pm and Igor at 4.10pm.

14:46 McGee 8th At 46km Mark
The Australian rider who finished 4th in the Dauphine Libere time trial (after winning the prologue), Brad McGee, has passed the 46km check in 8th place (1'57" behind Bodrodi's time).

14:44 Dauphine TT Winner Starts...
Santiago Botero has started his race looking relaxed and with a cap on his head (rather than the aerodynamic helmet he used in the prologue). The Colombian time trial specialist won the stage four time trial of this year's Criterium du Dauphine Libere.

14:42 The New Top 5 At 35km
After Wauters' passed the 2nd time check, the top five is:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 35km in 42'49"
2. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 46"
3. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 52"
4. BELOHVOSCIKS (LAT, LAM) at 01'10"
5. HORILLO (ESP, MAP) 01'16"

14:40 Rumsas Starts His Race
The rider who finished 3rd in the prologue, Raimondas Rumsas, has started his time trial. He was the 151st rider to leave Lanester.

14:39 Wauters 3rd At 35km Mark
Marc Wauters has pushed his way into 3rd at the 2nd time check. He is 52" behind Bodrogi's time at the 35km mark.

14:37 Sevilla 9th At 19.5km Mark
The Kelme rider who lost the 2001 Vuelta in the final stage time trial in Madrid (when he was beaten into 2nd overall by Angel Casero), Oscar Sevilla, has passed the 1st time check in 9th place.

14:34 Leipheimer Starts His TT
The rider who finished fourth in the time trial at last year's world championship, Levi Leipheimer, is the latest rider to start today's stage.
The Rabobank rider finished the 2001 Vuelta time trials in 2nd, 2nd and 3rd - en-route to a third place overall in his first 'Grande Tour', while riding for the US Postal team.

14:31 9'23": The Difference Between First & Last
The leading time for the day so far is held by Bodrogi (1h02'43"). This is 9'23" faster than the rider in 112th place, yesterday's stage winner, Karsten Kroon.

14:28 McGee 5th At 35km Mark
Brad McGee has recorded a time of 44'08" at the 2nd time check. He was 30" behind Bodrogi at the 19.5km mark. The Australian is 1'19" behind at the 35km mark.

14:26 Millar Due To Start In Less Than An Hour...
The winner of the first stage time trial two years ago, David Millar, is due to start his race today at 3.13pm. The Cofidis time trial specialist is currently in 2nd place in the 'Best Young Rider' classification, 1'13" behind Isidro Nazol of ONCE-Eroski.

14:23 The Current Top Five At 19.5km
After Wauters' passed the 19.5km time check, the top five is:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 19.5km in 25'19"
2. WAUTERS (BEL, RAB) at 06"
3. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 13"
4. McGEE (AUS, FDJ) at 30"
5. HORILLO (ESP, MAP) at 31"

14:22 Wauters In 2nd At 19.5km
The winner of the 2nd stage of the 2001 Tour, Marc Wauters from the Rabobank team, has recorded a time of 25'25" at the first check. This is good enough for 2nd place at the moment.

14:20 Bodrogi 10th in Prologue
The rider who currently has the best time of the day, Lazlo Bodrogi, finished the prologue of this year's Tour in 10th place.
His time trialing skills are well supported with good results which include a world championship bronze medal from the titles in Bretagne in 2000.

14:18 Current Top 5 At Finish
After Frigo's ride, the top five at the finish is:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 52km in 1h02'43"
2. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 1'08"
3. TAULER (ESP, KEL) at 1'49"
4. PENA (COL, USP) at 2'09"
5. ZUBELDIA (ESP, EUS) at 2'25"

14:16 Frigo Now 2nd
Dario Frigo has finished his time trial in 1h03'53". The winner of the 2001 Paris-Nice stage race is 1'08" behind the time of Bodrogi at the 52km mark. The new top 5 will follow...

14:15 Julich Currently 8th At 19.5km
Bobby Julich has posted a time of 26'08" at the 19.5km mark. For the moment he's in 8th place at the first check.

14:13 Frigo 2nd At 46km
Frigo has been second in all the intermediate time checks. At the 19.5km mark he was 13" behind Bodrogi; at 35km he was 46" behind and at the 46km check he was 56" behind the rider with the current best time.

14:12 McGee 3rd At 19.5km Mark
The winner of stage seven, McGee is currently in 3rd place at the 19.5km mark. He was the 123rd rider to start the stage and he is now 30" behind the leading time of Bodrogi.

14:11 Air Transfer For Riders Tomorrow
The feature of tomorrow's rest day is the transfer from Lorient to Bordeaux. For most of the Tour's staff, the trip will be made by road. For the riders, however, the transfer will be done aboard two planes. They are due to leave Lorient at about 10.00am.

14:08 Olympic MTB Gold Medallist Finishes
Miguel Martinez, the winner of the gold medal in the mountain bike race at the Sydney Olympics, hasn't quite repeated the efforts of Cadel Evans (another off-road rider now focussing on the road) in today's time trial. Martinez is currently 6'23" behind Bodrogi's time.
In his first 'Grande Tour', this year's Giro d'Italia, Evans finished 3rd in the first long time trial. They both now ride for the Mapei team.

14:01 Bodrogi's Average Speed
The average speed of Lazlo Bodrogi's ride is 49.747kph. If he wins the day - a big call with so many champions still to follow - it's enough for him to make him the 9th fastest time trial rider in the history of the Tour (not including prologues).

13:58 Current Top Five At 19.5km
With 52 riders yet to start the 9th stage, the top 5 at the first time check is:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 19.5km in 25:19
2. FRIGO (ITA, TAC) at 13"
3. HORILLO (ESP, MAP) at 31"
4. PRADERA (ESP, ONE) at 37"
5. TAULER (ESP, KEL) at 42"

13:57 Frigo Still Behind Bodrogi
At the 35km check, Dario Frigo is still the next-best rider. He is 46" behind the best time of the day which was set by Lazlo Bodrogi.

13:56 Julich On His Way To 1st Time Check
Bobby Julich, the other American rider at Telekom, was the 125th rider to start. Julich, who finished 3rd overall in the 1998 race, began the day in 58th place (3'16" behind the overall lead of Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano).

13:54 Livingstong 3'43" Behind At 35km Mark
One of the two American riders on the Telekom team, Kevin Livingston, is 3'43" behind at the 2nd time check. He was the 104th rider to start and he's currently 44th best at the 35km mark.

13:48 Zubeldia Pushing His Way Into 3rd At 35km
Haimar Zubeldia of the Euskaltel team is now 3rd at the 2nd time check (at 35km). He was the 96th rider to start and he is currently 1'27" behind the time of Bodrogi.

13:40 Frigo Moves Into 2nd At the 19.5km Mark
There has been little change to the top five at any of the intermediate checks since Bodrogi's ride. But the 107th rider to start, Dario Frigo of the Tacconi team, has just ridden his way into 2nd at the 19.5km mark.

13:38 A Rest Day After Stage 11 Last Year
This is the second Tour in a row when a rest day has followed the time trial. The first of the Tour's two rest days in 2001 was after the 11th stage time trial to Chamrousse.

13:36 First Rest Day Follows The Time Trial
Today's time trial is a big challenge for all the riders involved, but with a rest day to follow, we can expect to see many riders giving their all in the 52km test. Often riders like Bodrogi, who currently leads the stage, may hold back a little in the knowledge that they have to back up for a stage the next day.

13:32 Bodrogi's Leading Margins...
Lazlo Bodrogi has set the fastest time at every check. At the 19.5km mark he was 37" ahead of Pradera; at 35km he was 1'19" ahead of Tauler; at 46km he was 1'30" ahead of Tauler... and in Lorient he currently leads Tauler by 1'49"!

13:30 Top 5 After Bodrogi
After Lazlo Bodrogi's superb ride, the top five at the finish is:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 52km in 1h02'43"
2. TAULER (ESP, KEL) at 1'49"
3. PENA (COL, USP) at 2'09"
4. MORIN (FRA, C.A) at 2'34"
5. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) at 2'53"

13:29 Bodrogi's Finishing Time...
Lazlo Bodrogi has set the best time of the day so far. His time is 1'02'43 - enough to put him ahead of Tauler by 1'49" after the 52km stage!

13:23 Bodrogi Continues To Lead...
At the 46km mark, Lazlo Bodrogi has posted the fastest time of the day. His time of 55'52" is 1'30" better than Tauler and 1'44" better than Pena at the 3rd time check.

13:22 Bertogliati At 46km Mark
The winner of stage one of the 2002 Tour, Rubens Bertogliati, has passed the 46km mark. He is currently in 44th place at the 3rd time check.

13:21 110th Starter...
Ivan Gotti, the 110th rider to start today, began the day in 73rd place, 3'55" behind Gonzalez de Galdeano. The Italian Alessio rider has won a 'Grande Tour' twice before (the Giro d'Italia), but his real strength is on the climbs which the Tour begins in stage 11 when the race goes from Pau to La Mongie.

13:13 The Top Five At 35km After Bodrogi...
After Bodrogi muscled his way into the lead at the 35km mark, the top five at the 2nd check is:
1. BODROGI (HUN, MAP) 35km in 42'49"
2. TAULER (ESP, KEL) at 01'19"
3. PENA (COL, USP) at 01'36"
4. PRADERA (ESP, ONE) at 01'53"
5. BRUSEGHIN (ITA, BAN) at 01'59"

13:11 Bodrogi Continues Winning Ways...
Lazlo Bodrogi, who finished the world championship time trial in Plouay in 3rd place, has again posted the leading time at an intermediate check. At the 35km mark, he was 1'19" ahead of Antonio Tauler's time.

13:03 The New Top Five
After Tauler's ride, the top five at the finish is currently:
1. TAULER (ESP, KEL) 1h04'32"
2. PENA (COL, USP) at 20"
3. MORIN (FRA, C.A) at 45"
4. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) at 01'04"
5. BRUSEGHIN (ITA, BAN) at 01'13"

13:02 Tauler New Leader
Antonio Tauler has finished the time trial in 1h04'32" - he now leads the stage by 20" (ahead of Pena).

13:01 Luttenberger At 19.5km
The Austrian rider who finished 5th in the 1996 Tour de France, Peter Luttenberger, has posted a time of 27'35" at the 19.5km mark (good enough for just 40th place at this stage of the time trial).

12:58 100 Riders...
Serge Baguet, the winner of a stage of the 2001 Tour, has begun his race today. He is the 100th rider to start the 52km time trial from Lanester to Lorient.

12:57 Top Five At 46km Mark After 70 Riders
With 70 riders now past the time check at the 46km mark, the top five is:
1. TAULER (ESP, KEL) 46km in 57:22
2. PENA (COL, USP) at 14"
3. MORIN (FRA, C.A) at 43"
4. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) at 01'01"
5. DIERCKXSENS (BEL, LAM) at 01'06"

12:56 Tauler Best At 46km Mark
Antonio Tauler has continued to set the early standard today. He now has the best time at the 46km mark with 57'22", 14" better than Pena.

12:55 Two French In Top 3...
At the finish, Anthony Morin has set a time of 1h05'17", the 2nd best of the day so far. The top five for the moment is: 1. Victor Hugo Pena, 52km in 1h04'52"; 2. Morin @ 24"; 3. Durand @ 44".

12:53 Bodrogi Beats Pradera's Time At 19.5km
The 84th rider to start, Lazlo Bodrogi, has recorded the best time of the day at the 1st check. The Hungarian rider raced the first 19.5km in a time of 25'19" - 37" better than Pradera!

12:51 100 Riders Yet To Post A Time At 19.5km Mark
So far 82 riders have passed the first time check of the day at Redene, which means there are still 100 riders to post a time at the 19.5km mark. The best time in Redene was set by Mikel Pradera of the ONCE-Eroski team.

12:49 Time Trial Winners In French Races This Year
The recent winners of time trials in France this year are: Jens Voigt (who won the 8.5km stage of the Criterium International in March); Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (who won the 19km time trial at the GP Midi Libre); Brad McGee (who won the 3.6km prologue of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere); and Santiago Botero (who won the 41km third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere).

12:46 Tauler Was 5" Behind Pena At 19.5km Mark
The rider who is now setting the fastest time in the latter stages of the time trial, Tauler, was 5" slower than Victor Hugo Pena at the first time check.

12:44 Tauler Beats Pena's Time
At the 35km mark, Antonio Tauler of the Kelme team has beaten the time set by Pena. The Kelme rider leads the US Postal rider by 17" with a time of 44'08".

12:39 Top Five At Finish After Pena's Ride
With 55 riders now having finished the 52km race, the top five is:
1. PENA (COL, USP) 1h04'52"
2. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) at 44"
3. BRUSEGHIN (ITA, BAN) at 53"
4. DIERCKXSENS (BEL, LAM) at 55"
5. PRADERA (ESP, ONE) at 01'01"

12:37 Pena At The Finish
The first US Postal rider to finish the time trial, Victor Hugo Pena, has recorded a time of 1h04'52". This is the fastest time of the day. The Colombian rider who has won a time trial in the Giro d'Italia (in 2000), is 44" faster than the previous best rider, Durand.

12:35 Moreau Complains of a Headwind...
Christophe Moreau has finished with a time of 1h06'58" - to put himself in 7th at the moment. The rider who finished 4th overall in the 2000 Tour says there was a headwind for the closing kilometers of the 52km stage. He claims he tried to ride the race with the same vigour with which he's ridden Tour time trials before, but his legs aren't quite the same this year (which has been plagued by falls).

12:32 Pena: Best Again...
At the 46km mark, Victor Hugo Pena has recorded the best time of the day with 57'36". He leads Durand by 47" at the site of the 3rd time check.

12:23 Bertolgiati Starts His Time Trial
The rider who won the first stage - and wore the yellow jersey for two days - Rubens Bertogliati is about to start his time trial. In the last long time trial of the Tour, stage 18 last year, Rubens was 14th (4'28" behind Armstrong's winning time).

12:21 Moreau Improving
At the 46km mark, Christophe Moreau has improved his position. He was 18th fastest at both the 19.5km and 35km marks (1'18" behind Pradera). He has the 6th fastest time at the third check, 1'09" behind Durand's effort in Larmor-Plage.

12:18 Pena: New Best Time At 35km Mark
The first US Postal rider to start the time trial, Victor Hugo Pena, has posted the best time at the 2nd check. He is 17" faster than Pradera's time at the 35km mark.

12:15 Lance Arsmtrongs Recent Tour Time Trials
In the past three years, Lance Armstrong has won seven time trials in the Tour de France. His most recent was the prologue this year. His results in the other races against the clock are:
1999: 1st in the 6.8km prologue; 1st in the 56.5km stage in Metz; 1st in the 57km stage in Futuroscope.
2000: 2nd In the 16.5km stage in Futuroscope; 1st In the 58.5km stage in Mulhouse.
2001: 3rd in the 8.2km prologue in Dunkirk; 1st in the 32km climbing stage to Chamrousse; 1st in the 61km stage to Sant-Amand-Montrond.

12:06 Top 5 After 50 Riders Pass 35km Check
With 50 riders now past the 35km time check, the top five at the 2nd intermediate check is:
1. PRADERA (ESP, ONE) 44:42
2. BRUSEGHIN (ITA, BAN) @ 06"
3. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) @ 07"
4. MAGNIEN (FRA, BJR) @ 41"
5. SEIGNEUR (FRA, DEL) @ 54"

12:03 Pradera Finishes 17" Behind Durand
The rider who set the fastest time at the first two time checks, Mikel Pradera, has finished his time trial in 1h05'54" - 17" behind the time of FDJeux.com's Jacky Durand.

11:53 King of the Climbs Racing
Christophe Mengin - the rider in the polka-dot jersey of King of the Climbs - is the latest rider to start. The FDJeux.com rider is the 67th rider to begin the 52km stage.

11:49 Moreau 1'18" Behind At 19.5km Mark
Christophe Moreau's Tour of Woe continues. The rider who has enjoyed success in a Tour time trial before (when he won the prologue last year) is currently in 18th place at the 19.5km mark - 1'18" behind the standard set by Mikel Pradera.

11:48 Pradera Slips Behind At 46km Mark
Mikel Pradera - who has the fastest time of today's stage at the first two checks - is the 2nd-best at the 46km mark. He is 7" behind the time of Jacky Durand.

11:47 Results of Previous Flat Tour Time Trial
The last flat time trial of the Tour de France was the 18th stage of the 2001 Tour. The top five then was:
1. Lance Armstrong 61km in 1h14'16"
2. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano @ 1'24"
3. Jan Ullrich @ 1'39"
4. Didier Rous @ 2'25"
5. Marcos Serrano @ 2'25"

11:44 Results of Stage 11 Time Trial Last Year
The top five finishers in the 11th stage time trial last year (a climbing test to the ski resort at Chamrousse) were:
1. Lance Armstrong 1h07'27"
2. Jan Ullrich @ 1'00"
3. Joseba Beloki @ 1'35"
4. Roberto Laiseka @ 2'03"
5. Oscar Sevilla @ 2'24"
Laiseka is the only rider of this lot to have finished his race today. His time is already 3'22" behind the best time of the day.

11:38 Top Five After 25 Riders' Finish
With 25 riders now having finished their race today, the top five is:
1. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) 1h05:36.800
2. MAGNIEN (FRA, BJR) @ 57"
3. SEIGNEUR (FRA, DEL) @ 01'01"
4. SANCHEZ (ESP, EUS) @ 01'21"
5. DEKKER (NED, RAB) @ 01'25"

11:35 Vaughters Over 5 Minutes Down At Finish
After his time trial, Credit Agricole's American rider Jonathan Vaughters, is 5'20" behind the best time of the day (1h5'36", for Durand).

11:34 Pradera Continues Rapid Pace
Mikel Pradera has posted the best time at the first two checks. At the 35km mark his time of 44'42" is 6" better than the previous best (of Bruseghin) at the 2nd check.

11:31 First "Postie" Due Soon...
The first rider from Lance Armstrong's US Postal team is due to start his time trial at 11.31am. Victor Hugo Pena has a proven record against the clock - he won the 11th stage time trial of the Giro d'Italia in 2000 when he was racing for the now-defunct Vitalicio team.

11:27 Top 5 After 40 Riders At the 19.5km Mark
With 40 riders now past the time check in Redene (at the 19.5km mark), the top five is:
1. PRADERA (ESP, ONE) 25:56
2. BRUSEGHIN (ITA, BAN) @ 19"
3. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) @ 21"
4. MAGNIEN (FRA, BJR) @ 44"
5. SANDSTOD (DEN, CST) @ 48"

11:25 Top 5 After 30 Riders At 35km Mark
With 30 riders now past the 2nd time check, the top five at the 35km mark (in Guidel-Plages) is:
1. DURAND (FRA, FDJ) 44:49
2. MAGNIEN (FRA, BJR) @ 34"
3. SEIGNEUR (FRA, DEL) @ 47"
4. SANCHEZ (ESP, EUS) @ 56"
5. SANDSTOD (DEN, CST) @ 58"

11:23 Pradera At 19.5km Mark
The ONCE rider who punctured during the fifth stage team time trial, Mikel Pradera (ONCE) is proving that he's a talent in the race against the clock when he's not hindered by bad luck. His time (25'56") at the 19.5km mark is the fastest of the day.

11:22 'Manu' Magnien Beats Dekker's Time
At the finish of the stage, Emmanuel Magnien has the best time of the day so far. He was 27" faster than Erik Dekker over the 52km course.

11:19 Dekker Posts Best Time Of Day
At the finish Erik Dekker has posted the best time of the day so far (with 1h07'02"). The rider who finished stage eight in 3rd place now leads his Rabobank team-mate Bram De Groot by 6" and Thor Hushovd by 11".

11:18 The Countries With Stage Winners...
Riders from the following nations have won a stage of this years Tour de France:
USA Lance Armstrong (Prologue)
Switzerland Rubens Bertogliati (Stage One)
Spain Oscar Freire (Stage Two) & ONCE (Stage Five)
Australia Robbie McEwen (Stage Three) & Brad McGee (Stage Seven)
Estonia Jaan Kirsipuu (Stage Four)
Germany Erik Zabel (Stage Six)
The Netherlands Karsten Kroon (Stage Eight).

11:14 Oriol Finishes 4'03" Behind Hushovd
The second rider to finish the stage, Oriol, is 4'03" behind Hushovd.

11:12 Hushovd's Final Time
The first rider to start has posted a time of 1h07'13" at the end of his race today.

11:11 Start Times For Previous Stage Winners...
There are now six riders who have won a stage in this year's race at the start today. (Freire, the winner of stage two, retired after the seventh stage.)
The start times of these riders are as follow:
Lance Armstrong (prologue winner) starts at 3.49pm
Rubens Bertagliati (stage 1 winner) starts at 12.19pm
Robbie McEwen (stage 3 winner) starts at 1.59pm
Jaan Kirsipuu (stage 5 winner) starts at 1.03pm
Erik Zabel (stage 6 winner) starts at 3.01pm
Brad McGee (stage 7 winner) starts at 1.43pm
Karsten Kroon (stage 8 winner) starts at 12.39pm.

11:04 Top Five At 35km Mark...
With 15 riders now past the 2nd time check (at 35km), the top five are:
1. MAGNIEN (FRA, BJR) 45:23
2. HUSHOVD (NOR, C.A) @ 26"
3. DE GROOT (NED, RAB) @ 31"
4. BERGES (FRA, A2R) @ 33"
5. DEKKER (NED, RAB) @ 34"

11:03 Hushovd At 46km Mark
The first rider to start has posted a time of 59'51" at the 46km time check.

10:55 Durand With Best Time At 19.5km Mark
Jacky Durand now has the best time at the first check (at 19.5km). His 26'17" is 23" better than Manu Magnien.

10:54 Three Riders At 35km Mark
The first five riders to start the stage have passed the time check at the 35km mark. Currently Hushovd has the best time (45'49"). He is followed by Berges (at 7") and Nazon (by 1'05").

10:52 Moreau The 51st Rider To Start
One of the time trial specialists in this year's race, Christophe Moreau, who won the prologue in 2001, is the 51st rider to start today's stage. He has been involved in numerous falls in this year's Tour and his position in the general classification is 132nd (10'23" behind Igor Gonzelaz de Galdeano's lead).

10:49 Pradera Due Next
The ONCE rider who punctured during the team time trial (which was won by his squad), Mikel Pradera, is the next rider to take the start today. He and Alvaro Gonzelez de Galdeano are the only two ONCE riders who aren't at the top of the general classification at the start of the stage.

10:47 Hushovd's Time At 35km Mark
The first rider to start today, Hushovd, has posted a time of 45'49" at the 35km time check.

10:46 'Seb' Hinault Next To Start
The local rider who finished the 8th stage in 5th place, Sebastien Hinault, is the next rider to start the time trial.

10:44 "Manu" Magnien: Not Nazon
The previous flash was incorrect. The Bonjour rider with the best time at the 19.5km mark is, in fact, "Manu" Magnien.

10:43 Nazon With Best Time At 19.5km
Bonjour's sprinter, Damien Nazon, has the best time of the day so far at the 19.5km mark. His time at the first check is 25'55". He currently leads Bram De Groot by 9" and Thor Hushovd by 13".

10:41 Eight Time Trials Raced At An Average Over 50kph
There have been eight long time trials of the Tour where the winner has posted an average speed in excess of 50kph. The riders to achieve this include four overall winners (LeMond, Armstrong, Indurain and Ullrich). The only other rider to have won a time trial with a speed over 50kph is Tony Rominger (who finished 2nd overall in 1993).

10:39 Five Fastest Tour Time Trials
The defending Tour champion, Lance Armstrong, is also in the record books with the second-fastest Tour tiem trial average speed.
The five fastest time trials in the previous 88 editions of the Tour de France are:
Greg LeMond (in 1989) when he raced the 24.5km stage to Paris in 54.545kph.
Lance Armstrong (2000) 58.5km in 53.986kph
Miguel Indurain (1992) 64km in 52.349kph
Miguel Indurain (1994) 64km in 50.539kph
Tony Rominger (1993) 48km in 50.495kph

10:35 Times Of First Five Riders At 19.5km Mark
With the first five riders now all passed the 19.5km mark, the standings at the 19.5km time check are:
1. HUSHOVD (NOR, C.A) 26:53
2. NAZON (FRA, BJR) @ 45"
3. PAGLIARINI (BRA, LAM) @ 1'05"
4. ORIOL (FRA, A2R) @ 2'08"
5. GONZALEZ (ESP, EUS) @ 2'10"

10:33 Oriol 2'08" Behind Hushovd
The second rider to start the stage has posted a time of 29'01", 2'08" slower than Hushovd's time at the 19.5km.

10:32 Heppner The Last Winner In Lorient
The last time that Lorient hosted a stage finish of the Tour was in 1998. Back then Jens Heppner, of the German Telekom team, was the winner of the stage (which was raced on Bastille Day).
The stage win by Heppner was on the first stage of the 1998 Tour to be raced in France - after the 'Grande Depart' was in Ireland.

10:29 Hushovd At 19.5km Time Check
The first time recorded at the 19.5km mark, that of former 'Espoir' time trial world champion, Norway's Thor Hushovd, is 26'53".

10:26 Riders Now At 2-Minute Intervals
The riders are now starting at two-minute intervals. The latest rider to start the time trial is Gorka Arrizabalaga of the Euskaltel team. The 25-year-old from the Basque region is the 23rd rider to begin the stage from Lanester to Lorient.

10:20 The Lone Venezualan Rider Due Next
Unai Etxebarria - the Venezualan rider with the same surname as the two-time Tour stage winner, Davide - is the next rider scheduled to start the time trial. The Euskaltel rider finished 2nd in this year's Fleche Wallone Classic (behind Mario Aerts) and 46th in the prologue in Luxembourg.

10:18 The Tour's Tallest Rider The Latest Starter
Andy Flickinger of the AG2R team is the latest rider to start the 52km time trial. He is the tallest rider in this year's race (at 193cm).

10:16 Three Intermediate Time Checks For Stage Nine
To see the results of the three intermediate time checks - at Redene (19.5km), Guidel Plages (35km) and Lamor-Plage (46km) - be sure to click on the link for "Intermediate Timing" (on the Tour's 'tribune' and website). The names which appear in red are the most recent to pass each check.

10:13 10 Riders Underway Today
The 10th rider to start the day, Thierry Marichal, has started his time trial. For the for 22 riders, there is only a one-minute gap between start times. None of the riders have yet reached the site of the first time check.

10:02 Racing!
Thor Hushovd has begun the ninth stage on time at 10.00am. He is the first of the 182 riders still in the race to tackle the 52km time trial course.

10:00 Perfect Weather For Stage Nine
Today's 52km time trial will be raced under clear blue skies. The temperature at the time of the first rider's start in Lanester is about 20 degrees with a light breeze blowing. The forecast is for a maximum temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius (at 1.00pm).

09:56 Seven ONCE Riders To Finish The Stage
The ONCE-Eroski team dominate the general classification. The squad which won the team time trial hold down the first seven places overall. The Spanish manager, Manolo Saiz, will have to consider just how he manages his troops today, because these seven will be the last riders to begin the time trial - because the starting order is the reverse of the placings in the general classification.

09:54 One Minute Intervals For First 22 Riders
The first 22 riders of the time trial will leave at one minute intervals. Once the 2nd rider, Jonathan Vaughters, starts, the time between starters will be two minutes. The final 30 riders of the ninth stage will leave have a gap of three minutes.

09:50 Welcome To Stage Nine!
The ninth stage of the 2002 Tour de France - a 52km time trial from Lanester to Lorient - is scheduled to start at 10.00am. The first rider to start his race against the clock is Thor Hushovd, the rider who currently holds the title of 'Lanterne Rouge', the last rider in the overall classification.


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