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TDF Stage 17 The Tourmalet takes no prisoners

The telling statement after the last day in the Pyrenees: “…it was Schleck winning the battle, but Contador most likely winning the war.” (Brian Pinelli, Versus)

The weather was ridiculous for the 11.5 mile climb into the clouds – cold, foggy, wet. What a day for the final high mountain climb for Lance. Tourmalet takes no prisoners, though, nearly claiming Spanish E-E rider, Samuel Sanchez in a crash that left him stunned and motionless for a few minutes, then he finished in 5th place; pushing Levi down 6 notches to 13th place.

The battle between Andy Schleck and Contador has taken a different turn, both claiming that all is again well between them. So, did Contador “allow” Andy to take the stage win? Oh, who knows, and who really cares, anymore.

Think about this: Johann Bruyneel, who had a less than spectacular Tour career as a cyclist (although he did wear the yellow jersey after Stage 7 in 1995), has proven to be the most brilliant of modern day Tour team directors, winning 9 out of 10 participations (7 of those with Lance, 2 with Contador), and that’s just the TDF. Lance, who’s not having the best farewell Tour he could have hoped for, holds the record for consecutive wins. Contador, whether or not you agree with his behavior or attitude, could very well claim a third consecutive Tour win.

And then, there are the mountain sheep…

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2 Comments»

  Tim wrote @

Whatever you think of Contador – and despite his classy gesture yesterday I still find it difficult to warm to him, he is indisputably a great rider. Assuming he retains the yellow jersey now, you don’t win 5 Grand Tours out of 5 by being lucky!

Not sure about the sheep, though – no chain-guards and they didn’t appear capable of the big accelerations on the steeper gradients …

  gonecycling wrote @

The mist and rain really added to the atmosphere yesterday – a real ‘Twilight of the Gods’ feel to the final showdown. I’m not a Contador fan either, but I think the best man’s going to win the Tour this year, which is what matters. Great bog, by the way.


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