Saturday, July 17

Looks like Lance

While I am loathe to call the race at this early point and I won't, Its shaping up to be a two man affair. Ivan Basso, the winner of yesterday's stage was the only one who could keep up with Lance at the finish of the stage and sits 1:17 behind the Texan. Basso can climb and time-trial and so has a chance to overtake the American if Lance has a bad day. But you can pretty much forget the rest. Hamilton abandoned the tour today from back injuries suffered in crash on stage six, and Ullrich lost more time today and is now 6:39 behind Lance. Perhaps the biggest story of the day was that 23 year old Frenchman Thomas Voeckler limits his losses and keeps the yellow jersey by a scant 22 seconds. He was supposed to loose the thing yesterday. In Voeckler, the French may finally have that future tour contender they have longed for over so many years. Last French rider to win was Bernard Hinault in 1985 (another member of the 5 tour club) If you want more detail check out cyclingnews.