TDF done and dusted?

Not in the slightest. Everything will be up to tonights TT.

1. Andy Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, in 82h 48′ 43″
2. Frank Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 00:53
3. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 00:57
4. Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, at 02:10
5. Damiano Cunego, Lampre-Isd, at 03:31
6. Alberto Contador, Saxo Bank Sungard, at 03:55
7. Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 04:22
8. Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale, at 04:40
9. Tom Danielson, Team Garmin-Cervelo, at 07:11
10. Pierre Rolland, Team Europcar, at 08:57

So F.Schleck isn’t a concern but A.Schleck is very much still in it to win. It all depends on if Andy has improved his TTing and whether Cadel gets a clear run. I wish him the best as he has shown that he has more than deserved victory at the biggest cycling race in the world. *strokesbmcslr01forgoodluck


As for yesterday’s race, what a race it was. Alberto Contador was the star of yesterday’s stage by far in my eyes. Clifton was saying i am Contador’s biggest fan yesterday and i have to say that if you don’t like the way he rides then you are just too involved with focusing on things other than riding. I can’t comment on his behaviours or doping antics but i am his fan based on his riding alone. He attacked the stage right at the start and for parts of the stage made me believe that he might actually still have a chance in this year’s race but it was a bit heart breaking to see the frenchman win it at the end of the day. That is racing. Maybe Contador can fight to stay on the podium with his TT efforts though so that will be a bit of consolation.

Cadel oh Cadel. You have your best chance now and tonight you will be playing on your own terms and more importantly on a one to one basis. Andy should be worried now and rightly so. Everytime Cadel puts in the power and grinds that big gear he closes in on Andy. He should be pretty confident by now that he can match it to any of the GC contenders in this years TDF and mentally he has the upper hand. When AC attacked near the beginning of the stage yesterday night Cadel followed suit but shortly had some bike problems. Reading up on reports this morning, Cadel said that he thought the wheel moved in the frame and hence why he was checking everything out. He handled the critical situation with coolness and it paid off as gradually he started clawing his way back to A.Schlecks group with some help for once. He never swayed from his goals of the day which was to mark the two Schlecks and make sure they do not gain any time on him and as such he has set himself up for a promising TT tonight.

More popcorn and group chats for tonight and finally i should be able to get some more sleep by next week.

Oh one more thing, here is a stream of Lance’s twitter on tonights TT

lancearmstrong Lance Armstrong

Last thing, 70% chance of rain tomorrow. . . This could be a real factor.
Lance Armstrong
lancearmstrong Lance Armstrong

The TT is also on the “short side” at 41km. It’s a toss up. I’m looking fwd to being in Grenoble and seeing some great bike racing.
Lance Armstrong
lancearmstrong Lance Armstrong

But don’t forget @andy_schleck‘s TT last year. Impressive. AND he’s in yellow tomorrow -worth more than a few seconds.
Lance Armstrong
lancearmstrong Lance Armstrong

4 those asking – no idea what is going to happen tomorrow. Basically 3 guys racing for the overall. On paper Cadel should be able to do it..

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