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TDF Stage 8 Into high mountains

The day started relatively uneventful, no one abandoned overnight and only one crash early on, until Armstrong crashed shortly before the lead group reached the first big climb. He’s had a series of crashes all season, and took a hard roll on this one. Now, he must chase the peloton, whereas he had been comfortably in front. Radio Shack quickly rallied to pull him ahead. If he cannot succeed today, the team lead could switch to Levi. But, JMHO, Levi is no Lance.

Lance has to pick his way through the peloton to catch up with the GC contenders before the lead pack hits the first of two Cat 1 climbs. Amazingly enough, he has managed to catch up and needs to get back in with the front of the pack. Question is, having expended so much energy to catch up, what will he have left on the climb?

Back soon…watching the live broadcast…

Contador has lost a man on Team Astana. Chavanel is in trouble with around 5km to climb on this very steep summit. Big George has dropped off. I’m sure the Radio Shack boys are feeling the pain, as well.

I’ll be back…

Armstrong is in trouble on the climb and not positioned where he’d probably like to be; he may have to try to make up his 1 minute (or so) deficit on the descent. He’s not looking very happy. Astana has already started down and around Contador, who’s looking pretty good. The finish is uphill, so there may be the first big shakeout to the finish.

Can’t sit still…When you think about it, Astana has the advantage of cyclists who have ridden with Armstrong AND directed by Bruyneel – what an edge!

Armstrong crashed again, and wasn’t in any great hurry to remount. There’s no way he can regain lost time; this Tour is just not looking good for him! So, the team leadership will most likely switch to Levi, and – no disrespect to Levi, he’s a good rider – this is not a happy day for Armstrong or his fans.

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[…] The day started relatively uneventful, no one abandoned overnight and only one crash early on, until Armstrong crashed shortly before the lead group reached the first big climb. He's had a series of crashes all season, and took a hard roll on this one. Now, he must chase the peloton, whereas he had been comfortably in front. Radio Shack quickly rallied to pull him ahead. If he cannot succeed today, the team lead could switch to Levi. But, JMHO, L … Read More […]


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