Rasmussen's polka-dot jersey almost secured

Theoretically, five riders still have a chance of taking the polka-dot climbers' jersey away from Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank), but it seems very unlikely that the Rabobank rider will let the dots slip out of his grasp during the last week of the Tour.

"Mathematically, it is almost impossible to take it away from me," he said in his diary on www.feltet.dk/michaelrasmussen. "At this point there is only one rider to watch [Oscar Pereiro Sio], and that I can probably handle by myself, otherwise I have a team to back me up. The others are almost 100 points after me, so it looks really good. Right now it is a matter of staying on the bike,"

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