Landis Dominates Stage 17 of Tour, Approaches Yellow Jersey
Floyd Landis (Phonak) has battled back into contention at the Tour de France.
work. On the descent of the Colombiere, Landis and Sinkewitz led the field by 9:00, which made Landis the overall leader on the road. Only then did T-Mobile and CSC begin chasing.
Just before the base of the day?s last climb, the hors categorie Col de Joux Plane, Landis and Sinkewitz led the field by nearly 8:00. They led by 7:25 with 25 km left. Eventually, Landis dropped Sinkewitz, whom the peloton absorbed.
Behind, Leipheimer was dropped, as were Jose Azevedo, George Hincapie, and Yaroslav Popovych (all from Discovery Channel). Sastre attacked, and Evans and Moreau followed. Eventually, Moreau dropped the Australian. At the summit of the Joux Plane, Landis led Sastre by 5:08; Moreau by 5:58; Cunego by 6:19; Pereiro, Kloden, Frank Schleck (CSC), Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel), and Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) by 6:52; and Michael Rasmussen and Denis Menchov (both from Rabobank), Cadel Evans (Davitamon), and Sinkewitz by 7:19. On the descent to the finish, Landis extended his lead over Sastre.
In the overall, Pereiro leads Sastre by 0:12 and Landis by 0:30. Stage 18 will probably not change this state of affairs. The slightly downhill, 197-km run from Morzine-Avoriaz to Macon is hilly during its first 150 km. This will allow a break to form. Will it stay away? Who will be in it? For the answers to these questions and others, check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!