Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Final Thoughts- Stage 9

Two days after his worst day at the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong was back in fighting form. Although battered and bruised, his battling mentality served him well up the Col de la Madeleine.

His teammate, Levi Leipheimer was even better on the day, solidifying a spot just outside the overall Top 5.

For the 3rd day in a row, the roads were not kind to the yellow jersey. Cadel Evans was the latest to lose out on the 'maillot jaune', finishing over 8 minutes behind the winner.

The Col de la Madeleine confirmed one thing- in the mountains, it's a two-man race. Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador absorbed each other's blows and in the process, left the overall contenders in their wake.

Last year in Paris, Schleck looked at Contador and said, "I want that jersey". He now has it. And now, he'll try to hold onto it all the way to the Champs-Elysees.

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