Cadel Evans knew the clock would not lie. His likely superiority over the Schlecks in the time trial shaped his tactics in the Alps. In Grenoble he delivered.
A spectacular day’s racing in the Alps saw a popular French winner and the battle for the yellow jersey narrowed to two men.
Andy Schleck outwitted and outrode his rivals with an incredible long-range attack to win atop the Col du Galibier.
For the second day running, the descent of a category two hill threw a hand grenade into the front group of the Tour.
Thor Hushovd won his second mountain stage of the Tour in Gap, while Andy Schleck faltered on the Col de Manse, perhaps losing his chance of winning the yellow jersey.
The favourites cancelled each other out on Plateau de Beille. Is Thomas Voeckler suddenly looking like a possible Tour winner?
Cadel Evans, very possibly. Here’s why.
The first mountain showdown of the 2011 Tour narrowed the list of potential winners down to half a dozen riders.
Crashes, and one of the strongest uphill sprinters ever seen in cycling, wrought carnage in the Vendée.
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