Beyond all expectation a Frenchman (Thomas Voeckler) keeps yellow on Bastille day. Dragged up by teammates. Jubilation.
Sammy Sanchez wins the first Pyrenees stage in front of Basque flags. Jubilation. The Basque based Euskaltel-Euskadi team was once described by Matt Lloyd as “bleeding carrots” in reference to their crash-ability.
(This is a weedy GC rider’s impression of the Incredible Hulk)
In Cadel’s insightful words:
“On the first real mountain top finish, there’s always something you don’t expect and something you do expect,” Evans said, although he was reluctant to discuss the specifics of the overall picture. “There are some who do and don’t make it, some who do more or less, but I’ll have to see the results.”
He later blogged:
“From where I sat, it looked like very good Sanchez, and a good Fränk Schleck and Basso. So that will be interesting to see over the next few days for the General.”
Interesting who he doesn’t mention. From where I sit Andy Schleck looks like Cadel’s biggest threat. The Schleck brothers toyed with Contador, Andy says “look, over there…” and Fränk launches a withering attack on the other side.
Of course this is the reason that Cadel is perfecting the deathstare. He’ll be ready for Andy’s look when it comes.
The supremely confident Andy Schleck:
“I would like to win the Tour but if my brother wins the Tour I’ll be as happy as if I had,” he said. “The question is not if we can win the tour, but how can we.”
The adjusted top 10 after stage 12: