The Champs-Elysees is in sight for Ben as the Tour reaches a thrilling climax

Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, his brother Frank, Thomas Voeckler of France, and Cadel Evans of Australia, from right to left, climb Telegraohe pass during the 19th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 109.5 kilometers (86 miles) starting in Modane Valfrejus and finishing on Alpe d'Huez, Alps region, France, Friday July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, his brother Frank, Thomas Voeckler of France, and Cadel Evans of Australia, from right to left, climb Telegraohe pass during the 19th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 109.5 kilometers (86 miles) starting in Modane Valfrejus and finishing on Alpe d'Huez, Alps region, France, Friday July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

The reward for Ben Swift after battling his way through three brutal days in the Alps is a an hour or so doing his least favourite activity - time-trialing.

In his first Tour de France it is now almost certain that 23-year-old Swift from Dinnington will achieve his main goal of finishing the race.

After the time-trial today he has his eye on a greater prize tomorrow - victory on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

He told The Star: “I just need to ride out the time-trial but I’m looking forward to Paris. I’ll find out in the team meeting on the morning of the stage whether I’m the man that day. If I am then I’ll go for it.”

Before the charge down Paris’s most famous boulevard the yellow jersey will be decided during today’s time-trial round Grenoble.

Yesterday France’s Pierre Rolland celebrated his first Tour success on the 109.5-kilometre ride from Modane Valfrejus to Alpe-d’Huez,

However, Andy Schleck assumed the overall race lead from Thomas Voeckler and will take a 53-second lead over elder brother Frank into the time-trial.

Lurking dangerously is Cadel Evans. The Australian is 57 seconds behind and widely considered superior to the Schleck brothers in the race against the clock.

Schleck junior from Luxembourg, runner-up to Alberto Contador in each of the last two years, said: “Many riders say that the yellow jersey gives you wings and I hope that will be the case tomorrow. I count on myself for the time-trial - I’ll do a good ride. I think I can hold onto the yellow jersey.”