Sunday, July 19, 2009

TdF: El Pistolero

Today's stage 15 saw Alberto Contador take the yellow jersey back by winning the stage, 43 seconds ahead of 2nd place.
The Spaniard is called "El Pistolero" and fires an imaginary pistol when he wins big races.

Other Astana riders came in 8th and 9th, 1:30 behind Contador. Lance is now in 2nd place int eh general classifcation behind teammate Contador. He said today that his Tour is lost, and now he knows that Alberto is clearly stronger, so he'll only work for him.

General classification after stage 15
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 63:17:56
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0:01:37
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:46
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:02:17
5 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:26
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:30

Nocentini, who wore the yellow jersey for so long this year, has finally relinquished it. Expect Contador to stay in yellow till Paris.

Astana currently leads the teams classification, and could have 3 riders in the top 5 in Paris.

Lance tweeted:
St15 done. Ouch! Verbier was as hard as I thought. Alberto - super and had great punch/power. A heartfelt congrats to him. Rest day 2morrow!
Yes, today was hard, but there's a rest day tomorrow.

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