Andy Schleck wins Stage 8 as Armstrong hits bad luck
Lance Armstrong’s hopes for an eighth Tour de France victory ended today when he crashed three times during the 118 mile race from Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz. As a result, he finished more than eleven minutes behind the race leaders.
“It just went from bad to worse,” Armstrong told French television. “I had a bad day. I’ve had a lot of good days at the Tour. This Tour is finished for me.” Armstrong says he will stay in the race and work for his teammate Levi Leipheimer who is now RadioShack’s best chance for a podium finish in Paris.
In the final mile of the race, Andy Schleck attacked the lead group that contained all the Tour top contenders except Armstrong. Surprisingly, defending Tour champion Alberto Contador was unable to follow Schleck– a sign that Contador may be vulnerable. Only Sammy Sanchez grabbed the Luxembourger’s wheel. Schleck nipped Sanchez at the line to win the day at the top of the high-altitude mountain resort. Armstrong crossed the finish line bleeding from the knee and elbow and mentally beaten. Que triste.
It was a good day for Cadel Evans who now wears the yellow jersey as the Tour’s race leader. He’s been in yellow in previous Tours and has never been able to keep it. But will he this year?
Monday is the first rest day in the Tour. There are still twelve more days of racing, 1288 miles to go!