Two nights ago there four men still in contention, then Contador was out of the race. Yesterday saw the end of Frank Schleck’s chances, and tonight will see the demise of the final contender for the Tour.
Andy Schleck will hope to defend his 57sec lead over Cadel Evans tonight, and will certainly fancy his chances. The last time he was in this position, Cadel just didn’t have enough in the tank to overhaul Carlos Sastre back in 2008.
The difference this year (or so Cadel and his team hope) is that Cadel has ridden a much more controlled race, only seeing the wind when it has been vital for his chances.
Atop Cadel racing more intelligently, Andy has had two VERY tough days in the saddle, and so may perform a little worse than he normally would. Either way, this is going to be yet another fantastic stage in what has been one of the most exciting Tours in a decade.
For tonight, Cancellara will win the stage from Tony Martin, with Dave Millar third. And I reckon Cadel will have enough to get over the top of Andy to win the Tour for 2011. Biased? Moi? Heheheh.