Limoux to Montpellier 120 miles.
Le. Tour. De. France.
So Alberto gives up another 2 Seconds to Andy. No big deal right? He’ll make it up in the Time Trial.
Time ticks on filled with wouldas, shouldas, and couldas.
This was Contador’s bread and butter on his home court, there is no reason to expect it gets any better. Who are the best of the rest?
Smart money is on the two Schlecks even though they’re not the trialers Alberto is reputed to be. Cadel Evans- Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oy, Oy, Oy! Basso. Sammy Sanchez if you simply must root for a Spaniard (you Alonso fans know who you are). Cunego is not too far behind.
But pretty much everyone else is and though the Alps are not very far away it’s the same legs as the Pyrenees.
A person who could surprise is Voeckler, he is after all actually wearing the maillot jaune and did much better than expected in the High Mountains. He’s 1:40 clear of the competition and it could be a magical year for the Frenchman even though fairytales are usually found in the fiction section.
Today’s Stage is the last flat before Paris with just one piddly category 4 so you can expect a sprinter show. The checkpoint is right before the finish and I expect that someone will gun for the double.
Tomorrow is the second rest day, but I’ll be posting on the results and setup for the Alps. At 2:45 ET the U.S. Women’s Football Team will be competing for the World Cup against Japan on ESPN and unless some kind and more knowledgeable person posts first I’ll be covering that later.
Vs. joins in progress at 8 am.