Imagine if after all we’ve ben through already that the Tour de France gets decided by a mis-shift?! So Schleck over-bakes a shift and comes to stop, then it comes off on the outside as he tries to grind it back on because he sees Alberto attacking like a lunatic. It was a crazy sight with only Menchov and Sammy Sanchez able to hang with Contador as he was streaking to the finish. And there’s Andy Schleck warping past all the guys that he had already dropped ages before.
So now Contador leads the race by eight seconds, but he did so with a really dishonorable move. If you attack a guy like he did Schleck you know the guy will risk his life to catch up. Look, the yellow jersey is a coveted icon in this sport and to win it based on others misfortune doesn’t give it the honor it deserves. We know Alberto is a great rider, but today he only proved that he’s willing to take advantage of an unlucky break.
I’m sure Alberto will spew all that disclaimer horse poop, but he saw it, he knew what was going down and he kept hammering. Racing for a mountain top finish is one thing, but they still had 20k to go. We’ll see how well Alberto can respond to the criticism – I have to say it’s odd to hear a guy getting booed when he’s being rewarded a yellow jersey! A big rule with the Tour is that you have to stay humble on your way to the coronation in Paris.