TdF, 2010, Week One

2010-07-12, , , , Comments

So, a rest day today, after a week of quite literal thrills and spills. Yesterday provided a fitting finale.

Remember last year, that final mountain stage on Mont Ventoux? It was meant to decide the general classification but by then Contador, already in yellow, had enough of a lead to ride defensively and cover the attacks. Andy Schleck couldn’t shake him off. The stage was effectively neutralised. Yesterday, on the first Alpine stage, it looked like Schleck hadn’t stopped at the summit of Ventoux at all. There he was, still poised on Contador’s shoulder, a fresh-faced skinny executioner kitted out in white. This time Contador didn’t look so clever. Schleck may not have taken much time out of his rival but he beat him convincingly.

Schleck the skinny executioner