Thor Hushovd Blasts to Stage 16 Victory as Cadel Evans Reduces Thomas Voeckler's Overall Tour de France Lead
Alberto Contador caught most of his rivals napping with a brash climbing attack to reduce his deficit to Tour de France leader Thomas Voeckler in today's Stage 16 - won by Norwegian God of Thunder - and now God of the Tour - Thor Hushovd.
more prepared for things on the downhill actually because it was a little bit dangerous and narrow."
"George (Hincapie) and (Marcus) Burghardt got me in good position at the bottom of the last climb," he said. "From there, I just had to play my cards. I took my time and looked around to see what was going on," Evans added.
Voeckler and Andy Schleck's older brother Frank crossed 21 seconds after Evans. Andy Schleck, Contador's Tour runner-up each of the last two years, was 1:09 slower than the Australian - and 1:06 behind Contador.
Overall, Evans leapfrogged Frank Schleck to take second, trailing Voeckler by 1:45. Frank Schleck, now in third, remains 1:49 back. Contador moved up a notch to sixth, and is 3:42 back.
Andy Schleck remains fourth, but is 3:03 back overall - compared to 2:15 back when the stage began. Italy's Ivan Basso, who crossed 51 seconds after Evans, fell to fifth from seventh overall - and is now 3:49 back.
The three-week Tour de France heads into Italy for tomorrow's Stage 17 - a 179-kilometer (111.2-mile) ride over mid-to-high grade mountains from Gap to the Italian town of Pinerolo - again featuring a very interesting descent.