Cheapau! Alberto and Andy (stage results within)

Posted: July 22, 2010 in It's All Important Stuff

Andy Raymond Schleck and Alberto Contador made up prior to the serious throw down today on the Tourmalet.  Perhaps the settling of Andy’s anger tips the scale back toward Alberto.  Even this may be a bit of a calculation on Contador’s part.

Andy Schelck best tells the story – I’m satisfied with the stage win but I also wanted to turn white into yellow but unfortunately it wasn’t possible. I really tried hard, you have to believe me about that. I changed rhythm and I tried everything but I think we’re on the same level on the climbs. Alberto attacked and I could go with him – it was a quick response – but in the end he didn’t sprint to win the stage because I did the most work.  I have a lot of respect for that, it shows that he’s a great champion. I tried to find out how he was feeling. You need to look at someone to see how he was coping. I think you can find out a lot if you look someone in the eyes. He didn’t have the sunglasses on today so it was possible to see, that’s why I looked so many times. But he always looked good and that’s kind of what killed me.   El Pistolero is strong, huh? I could not drop him. He was always there. I wanted to find out if he was getting weak but he didn’t succumb. He even attacked me to show, ‘Hey, listen young boy, I’m still here! You better stop playing these games with me.’ I’m super happy to win this stage today – it’s the Queen stage of this year’s Tour. To win on the Tourmalet is like a win on Alpe d’Huez.  When I turned to talk to him, I said: ‘You pass?’ And he didn’t. I would have done the same. Why should he pass me? In the end, he let me win the stage and I’m super happy.

It is fairly certain that the top two podium spots are now settled.  Alberto’s attack on Andy a few days ago may have cost him a stage today, as he felt compelled to gift the stage victory to Andy.  There is always justice in Le Tour.  Looking down the overall times after today it is very nice to see Ryder Hesjedal moving up to 8th and Chris Horner to 10th.  Both can time trial well and have great chances to move ahead with two Spaniards ahead of them on GC.


1. CONTADOR Alberto 1 ASTANA 83h 32′ 39″
2. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM SAXO BANK 83h 32′ 47″ + 00′ 08″
3. SANCHEZ Samuel 181 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 83h 36′ 11″ + 03′ 32″
4. MENCHOV Denis 191 RABOBANK 83h 36′ 32″ + 03′ 53″
5. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 101 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO 83h 38′ 06″ + 05′ 27″
6. GESINK Robert 195 RABOBANK 83h 39′ 20″ + 06′ 41″
7. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin 77 KATUSHA TEAM 83h 39′ 42″ + 07′ 03″
8. HESJEDAL Ryder 54 GARMIN – TRANSITIONS 83h 41′ 57″ + 09′ 18″
9. KREUZIGER Roman 44 LIQUIGAS-DOIMO 83h 42′ 51″ + 10′ 12″
10. HORNER Christopher 23 TEAM RADIOSHACK 83h 43′ 16″ + 10′ 37″
11. SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 161 CAISSE D’EPARGNE 83h 45′ 25″ + 12′ 46″
12. PLAZA MOLINA Ruben 168 CAISSE D’EPARGNE 83h 45′ 40″ + 13′ 01″
13. LEIPHEIMER Levi 25 TEAM RADIOSHACK 83h 47′ 03″ + 14′ 24″
14. KLÖDEN Andréas 24 TEAM RADIOSHACK 83h 47′ 23″ + 14′ 44″
15. ROCHE Nicolas 81 AG2R LA MONDIALE 83h 48′ 39″ + 16′ 00″
16. VINOKOUROV Alexandre 9 ASTANA 83h 50′ 36″ + 17′ 57″
17. GADRET John 85 AG2R LA MONDIALE 83h 50′ 38″ + 17′ 59″
18. LÖVKVIST Thomas 37 SKY PRO CYCLING 83h 51′ 09″ + 18′ 30″
19. DE WEERT Kevin 133 QUICK STEP 83h 52′ 42″ + 20′ 03″
20. MORENO FERNANDEZ Daniel 107 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO 83h 58′ 02″ + 25′ 23″
21. SASTRE Carlos 91 CERVELO TEST TEAM 83h 58′ 29″ + 25′ 50″
22. MOREAU Christophe 166 CAISSE D’EPARGNE 84h 05′ 09″ + 32′ 30″
23. ARMSTRONG Lance 21 TEAM RADIOSHACK 84h 10′ 37″ + 37′ 58″
24. WIGGINS Bradley 31 SKY PRO CYCLING 84h 13′ 42″ + 41′ 03″
25. CASAR Sandy 62 FDJ 84h 15′ 35″ + 42′ 56″
26. EVANS Cadel 121 BMC RACING TEAM 84h 17′ 52″ + 45′ 13″
27. EL FARES Julien 174 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 84h 21′ 35″ + 48′ 56″
28. RIBLON Christophe 89 AG2R LA MONDIALE 84h 23′ 06″ + 50′ 27″
29. CUNEGO Damiano 201 LAMPRE – FARNESE 84h 24′ 35″ + 51′ 56″
30. BASSO Ivan 41 LIQUIGAS-DOIMO 84h 26′ 25″ + 53′ 46″
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