Dave's Dogmatic Tour de France Dribbles
2009 Tour de France - Stage 15
Fingers are still being pointed from yesterday. Today, I’m going to point mine at Evans and Schleck. They are the ones who need time. Astana doesn’t have to attack, but will they? It’s critical for someone to take advantage of the mountain top finish. You’re a fool if you don’t. If anything happens, the best Cadel will be able to do is play a passenger role while the big guns control the climb.
Tom Boonen didn’t start today. Seems he has a tummy ache. Maybe someone should give him some coke. Maybe coke is a European thing, but when I had a tummy ache my mom always gave me 7 Up.
Vladimir Efimkin ends his tour when he pulls out in the feed zone. He lost the battle with his injuries.
The initial break had 15 racers and things sorted out leaving 10 at the front. There always seems to be a racer from Euskaltel-Euskadi in the break. At the moment, it’s Mikel Astarloza. I’m just killing time waiting for someone to attack.
And there he goes. Contador blasts off! Alberto “can’t touch this” Contador should be wearing the green jersey because he accelerated like a sprinter. Yes, you can call that a move!
The Schleck brothers must have decided to go in alphabetical order today as Andy makes an attempt at countering, but isn’t getting close. Next (in alphabetical order) is Bradley Wiggins. His climbing skills are a new weapon for him. Frank is making an effort to help brother Andy. Cadel looks like he’s pedaling through wet cement. Dude, shift down! Alberto floats to victory. Lance has become super domestique.
Team Astana finishes one-two in GC. My tummy feels better already.
Send Dave your comments on email@example.com.
Two great ways to support us here at Roadcycling.com are to play our Tour de France Game and not least to sign up for the premium subscription version of our brand new training planner and training diary service.