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Tour de France Stage 15: Post-Stage Thread

Tour-post-stage-sm_mediumThank goodness, the Tour kicked into high gear at last. Little to add, other than a somewhat expected result for first, but a really, really spectacular battle underway for the other two podium places. Plus the answer to the question, can Lance really win the Tour? [Hint: nope.] Stage results:

  1. Alberto Contador, Astana
  2. Andy Schleck, Saxo Bank, at 0.43
  3. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas, at 1.03
  4. Frank Schleck, Saxo Bank, at 1.06
  5. Bradley Wiggins, Garmin, s.t.
  6. Carlos Sastre, Cervelo Test Team, s.t. 
  7. Cadel Evans, Silence-Lotto, at 1.26
  8. Andreas Kloden, Astana, at 1.29
  9. Lance Armstrong, Astana, at 1.35
  10. Kim Kirchen, Columbia-HTC, at 1.55

Massive shakeup on GC, of course:


  1. Ablerto Contador, Astana
  2. Lance Armstrong, Astana, 1.37
  3. Bradley Wiggins, Garmin-Slipstream, at 1.46
  4. Andreas Kloden, Astana, at 2.17
  5. Andy Schleck, Saxo Bank, at 2.26
  6. Rinaldo Nocentini, AG2R, at 2.30
  7. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas, at 2.51
  8. Tony Martin, Columbia-HTC, at 3.07
  9. Christophe Le Mevel, Francais des Jeux, at 3.09
  10. Frank Schleck, Saxo Bank, at 3.25

Winners: Contador, both Schlecks, Wiggins, Nibali. Nice rides by Matt Lloyd, Brice Feillu and some other newcomers.

Losers: Lance, Cadel Evans, Christian VandeVelde. Carlos Sastre rode decently once he recovered from the first acceleration, but his opportunities are slipping away.