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.
Heroic performances from Thor Hushovd saw him finishing the day wearing the yellow jersey, and the stage saw the first successful long-range attack of the 2011 Tour, but the race…
The points classification of the 2011 Tour has turned into a fascinating battle of racing styles.
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