August 1/98 11:29 am - Ullrich Takes Stage, Pantani Third
Posted by Editor on 08/1/98
Ullrich Moves Into Second Place
As expected, Jan Ullrich (Telekom) won the 20th stage of the Tour today - a 52 kilometre time trial from Montceau-les-Mines to Le Creusot. His time of 1:03:52 was 1:01 ahead of Bobby Julich (Cofidis), who has dropped from second to third overall, and 2:35 ahead of Marco Pantani (Mercatone Uno), who has now effectively wrapped up his Tour victory. As the last riders were racing, rain began to fall again, which certainly hindered Ullrichâ€šs ability to take even more time out of Pantani. The strength of these three riders is evident, since they set the three fastest times of the day.