Sandy Casar Wins Stage 9 and Andy Schleck Grabs Overall Tour de France Lead
Saxo Bank rider steals yellow from BMC Racing Team's World Champion Cadel Evans, who fought bravely but faded on Stage 9's Col de la Madeleine climb with fractured arm.
stage on Sunday - when he captured the coveted yellow shirt. He said Evans' teammates didn't know about his fracture on Monday and BMC staff didn't tell them so as not to disrupt "the morale of the team."
Andy Schleck now leads the Tour de France 2010. Need we remind him that if the rest of the peloton hadn't waited for him when he and his brother crashed in stage two, he would have lost 4-5 minutes in that stage. Who waited for Evans and his fractured elbow in today's stage? Schleck for sure didn't. So much for "fair play".
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong fared relatively well as many other riders dropped off the title contenders on the Col de la Madeleine - one of the toughest climbs in cycling. The United States rider finished 18th, 2:50 behind Casar.
Armstrong rose in the standings to 31st, from 39th, but lost time in the overall title chase. He's now 15:54 behind Schleck.
The peloton faces three medium- to high-level ascents in Wednesday's 10th stage, a 179-kilometer ride from Chambery to Gap. The race ends on July 25 in Paris.
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