Monday, July 19, 2010

Tour De France: Stage 15

Finally we have some good ole controversy at the Tour.  With 2km left on the big mountain of today's stage Andy Schleck put in a big attack on his rivals, only to have his chain pop off.  As he scrambled to fix his bike his biggest rivals road away and eventually put 39 seconds on the Luxembourger.  Traditionally if the yellow jersey rider has a technical problem you wait for them.  This did not happen today, and now we have a new leader of the Tour.  A lot of people actually booed Contador at the yellow jersey ceremony at the end of today's stage.

By the way I should point out that today's stage was the 5th won by a Frenchman this year.  This has been an incredible Tour for the French so far.

After watching clips of the stage I have to say I can't blame Contador.  It would be easy to see that he missed what happened to Schleck.  Let me know what you think.

General classification after stage 15
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 72:50:42
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:08
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:02:00
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:02:13
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:39
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:05:01
7 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:05:25
8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:05:45
9 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:07:12
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:07:51


  1. I say let's have a race and whoever wins, wins. If your bike breaks down -- well, that's too bad, you should have used a bike that works.