Saturday, July 17, 2010

Final Thoughts-Stage 13

Alexander Vinokourov felt he missed a golden opportunity yesterday. TODAY, he made sure he was holding the 'golden ticket'.

Throughout the day, the sprinters were licking their chops as they kept contact with the breakaway, but their hopes would be dashed by a bold move off the front.

Alessandro Ballan made the first move on the last climb, but the final blow was delivered by Vino. Officially, it becomes his 4th win at the Tour, but emotionally, it means much more. Finally allowed back into the 'Grand Boucle', he's hoped and dreamed for a win like this.

The first to congratulate him was his teammate, Alberto Contador, who still sits 31 seconds behind Andy Schleck, and his ultimate goal of the yellow jersey. Contador holds most of the cards by virtue of his time-trialing strength, but the Pyrenees will play no favorites. Starting tomorrow, there is no where to hide.

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