This needs its own space, at this point. The "facts": George Hincapie joined an escape that spent most of the day a good six minutes up the road from the peloton, including the yellow jersey. Hincapie was the best-placed rider at something like 5.40, so that six minute gap was good enough to put him in yellow, if it held. It didn't, by a mere five seconds. Among the factors reducing the gap were Astana on the front of the peloton (in mid-stage), and a few late pulls from teams like Garmin and Silence-Lotto.
At the finish Hincapie, a 13-year veteran of the Tour de France, was bitterly disappointed and blamed Astana for denying him a moment of glory, which he certainly has earned after all the years -- helping guys now on Astana, no less. Frankie Andreu, the Vesus reporter, pointed out (ratted out?) that Garmin had chased pretty hard in the last 10km. The finger-pointing has been fast and furious ever since. And nowhere is the hilarity greater than at Lance Armstrong's twitter account, which I have pasted on the jump for posterity.
Did Astana deny their former friend and loyal soldier his rightful moment in the sun? Did Slipstream get a bug up their butts about Columbia and chase down the break for that reason? Will any American cycling team ever be on speaking terms with another American team? I dunno... but that's a polemica!
[And yes, I know Astana aren't technically American.]