Thursday, July 21, 2011

Game Face On!

Hesjedal driving up to 10th.
(Michael Steele)



What a day today as Andy Schleck put on his game face (attacking on the Col du Izoard) and rode away to win and to nestle himself in second overall.

Thomas Voeckler, with his trusty lieutenant Pierre Rolland, did the unthinkable and rode his A game to stay in Yellow by only 15 seconds from Schleck. Cadel Evans moved down a notch to fourth place overall. Another day of reckoning in the beautiful and torturous Alps is promised for Friday. The riders will ride up the Galibier and finish on L'Alpe d'Huez.


More to come...


For Evans, who's in solid form, will have to pull out all stops and battle a rested Frank Schleck who I believe, will launch his attack. Evans' stinging and constant attacking with 10kms left was a fantastic effort. He was left to attack and no one wanted to play with him. He lost time from the Schlecks but he did drop Voeckler, Contador, Basso and Sanchez.

Special mention also goes to Ryder Hesjedal. He's looking comfortable in the mountains and produced another great ride with a tenth place in the hardest stage of the race. This is the second top 10 placing in three days after finishing third Tuesday. Hesjedal did well shepherding Tom Danielson to ninth place.

Tomorrow will bring more fireworks and with three days to go ...this Tour ain't over yet!


Schleck wins...

Voeckler ...fights on!
(Images: Casey Gibson)

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