Schleck loses time when The Pistol Attacks
Five days ago in the Tour de France, Andy Schleck attacked in the high mountains and Alberto Contador couldn’t respond. Today in Stage 12, the tables turned. Contador attacked on the final climb into Mende, and Schleck couldn’t catch him. The last mile of the 130-mile race was extremely steep. About 20 riders– what was left of the peloton– slowly and painfully splintered apart. Only Oliver Rodriquez from Team Katusha was able to stay on the Spaniard’s wheel. The two made it clearly ahead of everyone else to the finish line, and Rodriquez beat Contador in a sprint. Schleck finished ten seconds back narrowing his lead to only 31 seconds over Contador in the overall standings.
Of note today, Garmin’s Tyler Farrar, who was squeezed out of a controversial field sprint yesterday in Stage 11, quit the Tour. His coach said Farrar’s wrist, which he cracked last week in a crash on a slick road, is hurting too much to continue. As I know all too well (unfortunately), with a broken wrist, it’s hard to get a grip.