Stage 7 Barcelona >> Andorre Arcalis 224km
This was the day that other than Ventoux would decide the tour. This stage made the peleton finish 2010 metres above were it started making for a tough day of racing. Unfortunately for Christiann Pruddome this stage was not like the stage that climbed to Arcalis 12 years ago. That day Jan Ullrich climbed his way into the yellow jersey on route to collecting his only title.
A early breakaway again got away and stayed away. Brice Felliu ended up winning and I imagine he would have got a little bit of a shout from the sponsor Agritubel for not doing his jersey up as he crossed the line. If you watched the stage you would have got to witness a truly extraordinary descent from the yellow jersey of Fabian Cancellara after being dropped from the peleton. The highlight of the day though was going to occur on the climb to Arcalis were we saw a unsuccessful attack from Cadel Evans before Alberto Contador blew away the front group with around two kilometres to go. This was Contador stamping his authority over the rest of the peleton. He reminded everyone of how Armstong used to attack and dance on his pedals. The chase was started by Andy Schleck but no one could have caught Contador. Unfortunately the mallot jaune was not waiting for Contador with the honour going to a breakaway man Rinaldo Nocetini. So after the first mountain stage we don't have a winner but we know Contador is on form and is going for it. The suprise of the day was Bradley Wiggins who charged home with the front group. At the moment Contador is holding a two second advantage over Lance. That most likely won't change until the summit finish in Verbier on Stage 15.