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Tour de France Stage 7: Post-Stage Thread

Tour-post-stage-sm_mediumAction! Climbing! Intrigue! Attacks! And an upset winner!

  1. Brice Feillu, Agritubel
  2. Christophe Kern, Cofidis, at 0.05
  3. Johannes Froehlinger, Milram, at 0.25
  4. Rinaldo Nocentini, AG2R, at 0.26
  5. Egoi Martinez, Euskaltel, at 0.45
  6. Christophe Riblon, AG2R, at 1.05
  7. Jerome Pineau, Quick Step, at 2.42
  8. Gutierrez, Caisse d'Epargne, at 3.13
  9. Alberto Contador, Astana, at 3.26
  10. Cadel Evans, Silence, at 3.47
  11. [rest of the leaders, s.t.]

And the General Classification:

  1. Rinaldo Nocentini, AG2R
  2. Alberto Contador, Astana, at 0.06
  3. Lance Armstrong, Astana, at 0.08
  4. Levi Leipheimer, Astana, at 0.39
  5. Bradley Wiggins, Garmin, at 0.46
And an editorial comment... Might makes right! The best thing that can happen to this race just happened, where Alberto Contador accelerated on a climb and found nobody had an answer. Were he not also a former Tour winner I might be looking up the French spelling of "polemic" today, but he has earned the right. And if -- as we all suspect -- nobody else can match his accelerations in the mountains, then it becomes crystal clear who the leader of Team Astana, and probable winner of the Tour, must be. I don't think Lance would complain in any event, but there simply is no argument against a team leader accelerating away from his rivals on other teams and putting time into them. The race is being won on the road, and so too is the question of Astana's priorities.