Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Israel and the Palestinians: How to Break the Cycle of Violence?

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Somalia : Al Shebab attack on presidential palace

Read more

FOCUS

Sharia law to be enshrined in British legal system?

Read more

ENCORE!

How a comedy dud became one of France's biggest box office hits

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya: Clashes at anti-government rally in Nairobi

Read more

WEB NEWS

ISIS leader challenged over expensive-looking wristwatch

Read more

  • Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Will Brazil’s bitter foes Argentina salvage Latin American pride?

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

  • Israel pummels Gaza in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks

    Read more

  • Alps Murder wife had ex-husband who died on same day

    Read more

  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says

    Read more

  • Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • China’s first Tour de France cyclist chases his dream

    Read more

  • Ukraine imposes new conditions on peace talks with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

  • Sarkozy's UMP party 'almost €80 million in debt'

    Read more

  • Typhoon Neoguri turns deadly as it batters Japanese islands

    Read more

  • Somali forces repel al Shabaab assault on presidential compound

    Read more

Spain's Juan Manuel Garate wins prestigious Ventoux stage

©

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-26

Rabobank climber Juan Manuel Garate won the Tour de France 20th and most prestigious stage at the top of Mount Ventoux. Contador is now a step away from winning his second Tour. Armstrong keeps his third place in the standings.

REUTERS - Alberto Contador was poised to win his second Tour de France after controlling his main rivals in the 167km and penultimate stage to Mont Ventoux on Saturday.

 

Spain's Juan Manuel Garate won the most prestigious stage of the race on the slopes of the classic Tour climb, which failed to modify the race standings on the eve of the finale in Paris.

 

Garate won ahead of Germany's Tony Martin who, like him, belonged to a 16-man breakaway which was gone almost from the start in Montelimar.

 

The pair were the last two survivors from the break not to be caught on the last climb by the leading favourites, who held together until the finish line despite countless attacks by brothers Andy and Frank Schleck.

 

Andy finished third in the stage, ahead of Tour leader Contador and American Lance Armstrong, who salvaged his podium spot on the gruelling last ascent.

 

Each time the two Luxembourg riders moved they were immediately reined in by Contador, who maintained his lead of four minutes and 11 seconds over Andy and will most probably win his second Tour on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.

 

On one of the last strikes by the Schlecks, the 2007 Tour champion even helped his Astana team mate Armstrong bridge the gap and keep his third place.

 

The seven times Tour winner is 5:24 behind the Spaniard and will likely be back on the final podium for the first time since 2005.

 

Briton Bradley Wiggins was dropped in the final km of the Ventoux but kept his fourth place overall while Frank Schleck moved up to fifth in the standings.

 

The Tour finishes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday after a 164.5km ride from Montereau-Fault-Yonne.

Date created : 2009-07-25

Comments

COMMENT(S)