Cadel Evans was close to tears as he sat on the steps of the BMC team bus and tried to explain what had happened during his miserable stage 9 of the Tour de France. Evans was still wearing the yellow jersey but finished eight minutes behind Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador and admitted that his chances of victory in the Tour were now over.
Andy Schleck took possession of the Tour de France yellow jersey in dramatic fashion Tuesday after an epic day of racing that virtually ended Cadel Evans’s victory hopes. Frenchman Sandy Casar took the stage honours after a thrilling 204km ninth stage from Morzine which included the gruelling 25.5km ascension over the Col de la Madeleine, the fourth and last climb of the race.
Team Saxo Bank owner Bjarne Riis confirmed that his team’s future is assured for another two years in a Tour de France press conference on Monday. The team will have two new sponsors, says Riis, one of which he confirmed as US software giant SunGard, the other will be revealed at a later date.
Johan Bruyneel said RadioShack will rally its forces around Levi Leipheimer after Lance Armstrong lost all hope of winning the 2010 Tour de France. Armstrong lost 11:45 after a crash at the base of the Col de la Ramaz knocked him out of contention, but Leipheimer kept RadioShack’s podium options alive after he finished safely with the elite group of 13.
Dan Atherton is in Shrewsbury hospital after fracturing two vertebrae earlier this week. Atherton had been riding dirt jumps at Llanfyllin, United Kingdom, on Tuesday when he sustained the injury after landing awkwardly on his head in a crash.
Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) made a great comeback in stage 5 and showed he still has the speed to win sprints at the Tour de France with a perfectly timed and perfectly executed late charge to the line in Montargis.
After the manic days of the opening week so far, stage 4′s 153.5km jaunt from Cambrai to Reims would serve as a chance for riders to lick their wounds and take a little rest amongst friends in the peloton. This was aided by an early break which went after two kilometres, when Dmitri Champion (AG2R-La Mondiale) sparked a quintet of riders into action and formed the escape group that was allowed to get away early.