Spain’s Alberto Contador won today’s tough stage 15 in the Tour de France that ended in the mountains of Verbier, Switzerland. At the bottom of the final climb, Contador pulled away from the main contenders and finished more than a minute ahead of the next rider Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck. Contador moves into the yellow leader’s jersey. Lance Armstrong finished in ninth, not having the legs to respond to accelerations of even Spain’s Carlos Sastre and Australia’s Cadel Evans, who Armstrong has surpassed in the mountains before. Armstrong tipped his hat to Contador. “He showed he is the best climber in the Tour,” said a teary-eyed Armstrong, who conceded there will be no tour championship for himself this time. That was a tough moment.
During his podium appearance, Contador punched his arms up and clinched his teeth as if to say, “I’ve shown you all now that I am the team leader, so there!” The kid’s got moxie.
Team Astana has plenty to celebrate: Contador is now in yellow, Armstrong is in second place overall and the team takes first in overall team standings.
An amazing performance from Britain’s Bradley Wiggins of Team Garmin-Slipstream, who now sits in third place overall.
Finally, a stage ending that got my heart racing!
–Le Tour Babe