A bit of a surprise to see Nocentini in yellow now, but with Contador and Lance less than 10 seconds behind, it won't be long until one of the Astana boys take over. Also a surprise to see Brice Feillu win the stage.
Contador's acceleration on the attack was amazing and I'm not sure anyone will be able to keep up with him. I think Lance decided to mark Cadel Evans and let Contador go, so if there is one guy who might still be able to hang with Contador is Lance.
In the final ascent, Armstrong hugged the wheel of Australia’s Cadel Evans, who briefly attacked Armstrong and Contador.
“When you’ve got a rider away, my obligation is to the team,” Armstrong said. “I had to stay on his wheel. You just got to stay on his wheel.”
“That’s not my specialty,” he added. “But it’s not bad at all, all things considered.”
Is this Armstrong saying he's going to go into a supporting role for Contador? I'm confused why he would say this.
Yeah, I don't know. Contador is the leader of Astana and everyone on that team would be undoubtedly be working for Contador had Lance not joined them. I still think they will be working for Contador until they can't ignore Lance anymore. It was only the first stage on the mountains, so there is still a long way to go. Lance obviously wants to win and he will be working with Astana to support Contador, but if he has the opportunity to win a stage and leave Bert behind, I'm sure he'll take it.
Alberto Contador made it quite clear that he is, again, the man to beat in the Tour. Armstrong is still in second, and if he finishes in the top five I think that would be impressive, but he (Armstrong) has admitted that he cannot beat Contador this year. And you can't blame him, after being out of the sport for four years and at 37 years old. Armstrong has said he'd be happy to be Contador's domestique (helper) in the rest of the race. As a teammate on Astana, that's exactly what Armstrong should do.
Here's hoping for a Contador win, helped out by Armstrong.
Great stage today. The Schleck brothers had a great ride and the only man left standing was Contador. Bert made a bit of a tactical error when he attacked on the last climb of the day and couldn't drop Andy and Frank Schleck, but dropped Kloden. It shouldn't change the winner of the tour, but it allowed the brothers to get 2nd and 3rd overall now.
Tomorrow there is another individual time trial and it should shake up things a bit again. Lance is still riding well, but the homerism of Versus is starting to annoy me.