Ricco Wins Stage 9 of Tour
Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) has joined Mark Cavendish (Columbia) as a two-stage winner in this year's Tour de France.
The peloton will break up as the result of a torrid chase on the Tourmalet. Stage 10 will not be like Stage 9, with many riders getting back on before the day's final climb. The peloton will be down to no more than 40 riders at the base of the climb to Hautacam. Look for a barroom brawl on the ascent. The break might stay away, but that will not be important. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Evans, Denis Menchov (Rabobank), the Schleck brothers and Carlos Sastre (all from CSC) will be ready for action. Do not expect a French winner on Bastille Day. Anything else is anyone's guess. Check out www.roadcycling.com to see how things shake out.