My delight at Andy Schleck's superb stage victory over roads my brother and I rode together some twenty four years ago was surpassed only by seeing a battered Armstrong lose over eleven minutes and slump out of contention for the overall. Dare we look forward to the sight of Schleck in yellow before too long? Dare we dream of him being in the maillot jaune in Paris? Gosh it's exciting!
So Powerman Petacchi notches up his second stage, and the mighty Thor pulls ever further ahead of Cav in the battle for the green. Of course I say ‘battle’, but is it now any more than a vague exchange of halfhearted shoves in the playground? I don’t see Cav coming back from such a deficit, especially as he looked so relatively lacklustre at the end of today’s stage. That’s not to say I don’t think he’s a great champion (I do), and I would love to proved wrong in saying his chances of green are gone for this Tour, but I just don’t see it happening for him. But still… what will tomorrow bring? (And Wendy Rene’s tune was my second choice for the song of the stage, incidentally. Maybe we’ll get a chance to spin it later in the Tour).
The Kinks - 'Powerman'