Le Tour grimpe

Todays was the first mountain stage of this year's Tour de France and it sure was interesting. Olympic golden boy did what he wanted and took a stage in the Pyrénées but behind, Like a snake, Ivan Basso crawled from under his rock and suddenly seems more credible as a solid candidate. The Schlecks worked well with Frank gaining some time and Andy sitting in with Evans and Basso.

But something we rarely see occured today, Contador was dropped and lost a few seconds to those three. Is Mr. Grand Tour hopes over? Certainly not. Basso and the Schlecks need to put loads of time before the TT if they want to be in yellow in Paris as Alberto can easily erase his deficit to them in a single TT. But Cadel Evans is perfectly placed, looks strong and can beat them all in the TT. This race ain't over yet for once. Too often lately, the Tour was pretty much over at the first mountain top...

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