60+ stitches in his knees and elbow, a 9 minute deficit off the yellow jersey, and a slick rainy course could not keep Alexandre Vinokourov down in today's stage of the Tour de France. Vino took the stage win in the individual time trial today beating the closest competitor (Cadel Evans, Team Predictor-Lotto) by 1 minute and 10 seconds. He closes his lead on the yellow jersey (still with Michael Rasmussen who had the time trial of his life today) to 5 minutes and 10 seconds. Starting with tomorrow's stage the next three stages are in the Pyrenees Mountains where we will see Levi Leipheimer make his attacks if he is going to do it at all. By Thursday we should know who will wear the final yellow jersey in Paris next Sunday.
Come on Vino!