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But with a 32-mile time trial waiting on the Tour’s penultimate day, he’ll need to take much more time out of Contador in the remaining mountain stages. Contador is one of the top time trialists in the world and will have no problem up 31 seconds on Schleck, who has historically struggled in races against the clock. What’s more, the replica Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watches gamesmanship between the two at the end of the stage allowed Menchov and Sanchez, both strong time trialists in their own right, to gain time on them. Sanchez is now just 2:31 off Schleck’s lead, with Menchov a close fourth at 2:44. Such gaps can be erased in long TT’s like the one the rider’s will face on Saturday.—John Bradleyjohnwbradley
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