The Tour de France is two-thirds of the way through. Fifteen stages and 1600 miles are behind us. Six more days, 545 miles to go, including one more individual time trial and three days in the Alps. By the end of the second week, the race took on a new dimension.
Tough nuts: Lance Armstrong learns any chances of an eighth Tour championship are over.
Tough legs: Armstrong’s Astana teammate Alberto Contador wins stage 15 and takes over the yellow jersey.
Tough luck: America’s sweetheart George Hincapie misses getting yellow by five seconds in stage 14.
Tough break: Levi Leipheimer drops out of the Tour after breaking his right wrist.
Italy’s Rinaldo Nocentini wears the yellow jersey for eight days.
Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck wears the young rider’s white jersey.
Britain’s Bradley Wiggins takes over Garmin-Slipstream team leadership from Christian Vande Velde and could be on the podium in Paris.
Defending Tour Champion Carlos Sastre is wearing 001 number on his back but is no where near #1 this year.
Belgium’s Thor Hushovd has only two more flat stages to keep the green sprinter’s jersey away from Britain’s Mark Cavendish.
Race commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin are still the best in the biz, but VeloNews’ Jason Sumner has a promising future in Tour de France journalism.
–Le Tour Babe