One more time over some incredible hills.
One more chance for the Schlecks to take seconds away from Cadel. One more opportunity for them to sap the power from his legs to minimize the damage he does to them in tomorrow’s TT.
100km, three categorized climbs, 2851m vertical ascent. This stage is not as huge as last night’s, but being so short and sharp, there is still enormous potential for damage to be done.
As it stands, no one would be fully satisfied with where they are sitting on gc.
Andy is obviously happiest, and is sitting int the best position, but he would still be thinking that he might be able to hold Cadel off over a TT, not that he would definitely hold him off.
Cadel would think that her might be able to overhaul Andy, but would prefer to take some time back, and knows he can’t lose any time at all to Andy.
Frank needs to smash both Cadel and Voeckler to ensure he makes it onto the podium, particularly as he time trials poorly.
For mine tonight will be: