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TDF – Stage 10: Shakeout in the mountains

Pau – Hautacam 156k

We’ve been waiting for this day, when the “real” contenders will be revealed after the first truly hard mountain battle to shake and wake up the competition. Caisse d’Espagne took the lead early, not so smart in my opinion, on a day that otherwise should be all about the French. It is, after all, Bastille Day, but the Pyrenees, well, they *are* the Pyrenees.

Big George Hincapie (why can’t Craig Hummer pronounce his name!) and former teammate Popovych slid behind at 55km. Valverde has been fading, but one never knows what he has up his sleeve, and Di Gregorio takes Tourmalet.

Who will take Hautacam – toss out all predictions, this has been a bumpy ride! Kirchen already seemed ready to let go of the yellow jersey, but he’s no slacker. Evans is riding amazingly well after his nasty crash and is headed for the summit with an impressive group that includes Vandevelde, Sastre and Ricco, leaving Kirchen now 2.5 mins behind. BUT – it looks as though Frank Schleck will take the yellow today!

Saunier Duval takes the summit with a Peipoli and Cobbo 1-2 punch. Evans takes the yellow by a single second!

Stage 10 results
1. Leonardo PIEPOLI
2. Juan Jose COBO ACEBO
3. Frank SCHLECK
4. Bernhard KOHL
5. Vladimir EFIMKIN

GC Standings
1 001 Cadel EVANS AUS SIL 42h29’09” 00”
2 017 Frank SCHLECK LUX CSC 42h29’10” 01”
3 191 C VANDEVELDE USA TSL 42h29’47” 38”
4 115 Bernhard KOHL AUT GST 42h29’55” 46”
5 131 Denis MENCHOV RUS RAB 42h30’06” 57”
6 011 Carlos SASTRE ESP CSC 42h30’37” 1’28”
7 041 Kim KIRCHEN LUX THR 42h31’05” 1’56”
8 173 Juan Jose COBO ESP SDV 42h31’19” 2’10”
9 171 Riccardo RICCO ITA SDV 42h31’38” 2’29”
10 104 Vlad EFIMKIN RUS ALM 42h31’41” 2’32”

TDF 2008 – Stage 3: Feillu takes the maillot jaune for France

St. Malo – Nantes

I’m relegated to following live commentary today, so all I know is that the maillot jaune has passed to French cyclist, Feillu (AGR), and the stage won by Dumoulin (Cofidis), which should make their country proud and very happy. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the predictions for tomorrow’s time trial place Millar, Evans, Kirchen and Valverde at the top of the list of contenders to capture the golden fleece.

Can’t wait to watch the enhanced Versus broadcast tonight!

Sound off: Granted, Greg LeMond was the first American cyclist to win the Tour, and 3X; but, is he simply trying to re-establish his voice in Lance’s absence? Does anyone really care all that much? Is he a whiner, or what!?