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Tour heating up as true contenders emerge in time trial

Updated: July 8, 2008, 6:07 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

Now it is time to get serious! After a stressful few days of the Tour de France, Tuesday was the day we got to see who are the pretenders and contenders.

The Stage 4 individual time trial (18.3 miles) was much shorter than a normal time trial in the Tour de France. So, going in, time gaps wouldn't be as big and it was important to have a good ride for your team's morale.

At the top of the contenders list is Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), who threw down the favorite ...

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