The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. - Wm. Blake

Thursday, July 13, 2006


OK, that was exciting. What's the upshot?

Well, Floyd's in yellow. He was 4:45 behind yesterday's stage winner and today's maillot jaune, Dessel of AG2R, and came in 4:46 ahead of him today. It's actually not quite as dramatic as that, since Landis also gets 0:10 (I think) for finishing third.

Yes, third, behind Menchov & Levi. After that, Evans & Sastre 0:17 back, some others, and Klöden 9th at 1:31 back. And I think that those are the riders to watch from here on out. There are certainly a few others who could do something (after all, 3 mountain stages are left), but these guys (apart from Sastre) were favorites going in, and today they showed that they deserved to be. Klöden, whose mettle has been questioned, I think showed something today, particularly holding reasonably close after being dropped with 6 km to go. Leipheimer, although he won't make up huge hunks of time today (and certainly not against Landis or Evans) at least showed strength for the first time all Tour. Better late than never. Discovery looks awful now, and the shine has come off T-Mobile - they may not have spent their energy ideally over the past 2 days.

And tomorrow, this could all change.

[Updated slightly to reflect some more accurate distances]



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