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Armstrong apology to Sastre article

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It is here:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sastre-gets-direct-apology-from-armstrong

I read and reread the last paragraph and can't make sense of it.

"Sastre survived the windswept fifth stage to maintain 29th place overall, 2:44 down on yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), and is just fractions of a second closer to second placed Armstrong."

How can Sastre be 2:44 down and fractions of a second closer to Armstrong? Did he make up some fractional seconds on stage 5 and if so, how is it relevant when he's down 2:44? Or is it just really really bad writing by some CN writer?
 
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Max Cadence said:
It is here:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sastre-gets-direct-apology-from-armstrong

I read and reread the last paragraph and can't make sense of it.

"Sastre survived the windswept fifth stage to maintain 29th place overall, 2:44 down on yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), and is just fractions of a second closer to second placed Armstrong."

How can Sastre be 2:44 down and fractions of a second closer to Armstrong? Did he make up some fractional seconds on stage 5 and if so, how is it relevant when he's down 2:44? Or is it just really really bad writing by some CN writer?

He's just refering to the "fractions of a second" that separate Cancellara and LA, even though on paper they have the same time.
In other words, Sastre is fractions of a second closer to LA than he is to Cancellara.
 
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Still....

frizzlefry said:
He's just refering to the "fractions of a second" that separate Cancellara and LA, even though on paper they have the same time.
In other words, Sastre is fractions of a second closer to LA than he is to Cancellara.

That situation belongs to everyone from third place to last. It is not unique to Sastre. Seems odd to mention it at the end; completely untethered to the story. The author wrote it as Sastre moved closer to Armstrong by fractions of a second due to the "wind swept fifth stage" rather than in comparison to Cancellara's time differential to Armstrong. At least that was my initial read. Thanks for clearing it up; so obvious now.
 
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