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Tour de France 2006

Belgian Wim Vansevenant is the first rider to start the time trial

Belgian Wim Vansevenant, the last man in the Tour's general classification, gets the stage under way at 1015 BST

Bradley Wiggins briefly leads the time-trial

British rider Bradley Wiggins is one the first to get to the end and briefly takes the lead with a time of 1:15:21

Team CSC's David Zabriskie

Team CSC's David Zabriskie leaves Le Creusot and begins the 57km ride to Montceau-les-Mines, as the Tour nears its end

Gerolsteiner rider Sebastian Lang prepares himself at the start

Sebastian Lang adjusts his sunglasses before recording a quick time at the first check-point in Monchanin-le-Haut

Discovery's Viatceslav Ekimov

Viatceslav Ekimov, the oldest man in the race, powers towards the line to post a new best time of 1:11:27

British cyclist David Millar crosses the line in fifth, with more riders to come

Time-trial specialist David Millar is pessimistic before the start and his time of 1:11:46 sees him finish behind the leaders

T-Mobile's Serhiy Honchar powers into the lead to knock Lang into second

With Lang and Zabriskie edging Ekimov into third, T-Mobile's Serhiy Honchar comes in 3:18 ahead of the German

Andreas Kloden is now likely to finish in the top three overall

His team-mate Andreas Kloeden also completes an excellent time-trial, coming home second, 40 seconds behind

A time of 1:08:56 puts Landis in the yellow jersey

Floyd Landis catches his breath after completing the stage in third to put real pressure on overall leader Oscar Pereiro

Pereiro drops to second after the time-trial

The yellow-jersey wearer is the last home and sees his lead turned into a 59-second defecit by the Phonak rider

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