Alberto Contador still won't be happy that he has 90 seconds to make up on most of his rivals and a little less than that on Andy Schleck and Bradley Wiggins, but he appears to have taken the first step to getting back some of that time today. The other stars of the 2011 Tour de France won't be taking off for quite some time, but they will all have a seriously tough time to catch up to. Saxo Bank finished the 23 kilometer team time trial in just over 25 minutes, a blistering pace.
In their effort to bring Contador back into the race, Saxo Bank set an absolutely blistering pace and ended up dropping just under half of their team. Only the fifth man who crosses the line counts in the team time trial and that's the number that crossed for Saxo Bank, as they had dropped four of their original nine.
Saxo Bank's time was good, but it doesn't look invincible. AG2R have crossed the line with a time 30 seconds slower than Saxo Bank's, while Rabobank crossed the nine kilometer time check in a faster time than Saxo Bank.
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