Here is Alberto Contador wearing yellow in the time trail.
Since Lance is a teammate of Contador, he hasn’t been able to attack and I can’t help but think that the situation would be different if they weren’t on the same team. Lance said going in that if he weren’t the leader, he would ride in support of Contador. That was evident on all of the stages in the mountains when he sat back on the wheel of other teams and made them do all the work to close the gaps on Contador. If they were on different teams, Lance certainly would have attacked and the standings could be totally different. Here is Lance riding a his custom painted Trek in the time trail.
There are only three stages left (including today’s stage) until they reach Paris and I am confident that Contador will roll into Paris wearing yellow. But there is still a monster climb up Mont Ventoux tomorrow that could change the standings for second and third overall. A good ride by Lance could move him up to 2nd overall but that won’t be an easy task since the man he needs to beat is one of the best climbers in the peloton. I think that if Lance finishes 3rd and will get to stand on the podium in Paris, he will be happy, but not satisfied. That is why he announced that next season he will be riding for a different team (Team Radio Shack) where he would be the leader and not have to ride for someone else. That also means that he will be back at next years Tour de France and with a full year to train, I would look out if I were in the peloton.