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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

2010 Le Tour de France: Andy Schleck in Yellow – Alberto 41 seconds behind

Yesterday's toughest Alpine mountain stage brutally exposed the fragility of many of the favourites for overall victory. Three days racing in the Juras and the Alps have left Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador as the only real contenders, as things stand, to win the 2010 Tour de France. Although Schleck has perhaps looked strongest in the mountains and Contador has yet to try an attack, the advantage for the moment remains with Alberto as hitherto Andy is not great at time trials. The penultimate stage is a 51 km individual time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac and Contador should easily be able to take 41 seconds and more out of Schleck here. The Pyrenees will be decisive but something might happen on the  lumpy 16th stage (this Friday) from Bourg-de-Péage to Mende. Incidentally this stage passes by Le Gerbier de Jonc, the source of La Loire.

Two very courageous rides yesterday – Cadel Evans with a fractured elbow defending his yellow jersey in vain and David Millar's long solo ride at the back weakened by crashes the the first week and now by illness. On the bike Lance Armstrong had a better day but off the bike the news is less good: the investigation into the doping allegations made by Floyd Landis appears to be gathering pace. See here.

Today is a less difficult Alpine stage to Gap. Overall there may be a truce between the two As with the possibility of a breakaway group succeeding.    

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