By Bjorn Haake
Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank) won his fifth Critérium International with another solid time trial, finishing fifth on the day, 18 seconds behind Tony Martin (Columbia-Highroad). But Frantisek Rabon (Columbia-Highroad) gave Voigt a run for his money, finishing the weekend's racing only two seconds behind the German.
Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) ended the day a close second to Martin, six seconds back. Danny Pate added to a good day for the American team, defending his overall podium position by placing seventh in the time trial.
Voigt had a slim seven-second lead over Pate entering the time trial and even the 18th placed rider, Evgeni Petrov (Katusha), was only 12 seconds back, setting the race up for an exciting finale.
Martin set the best time early, as he had lost too much time in the morning stage, seven minutes to be exact. His time of 10:05 for the 8.3-kilometre course would stand until the end, however.