Kadri wins the day while Contador conquers the battle of the giants
Blel Kadri (Ag2r-la Mondiale) was part of a five-man breakaway that escaped the peloton early in the 100-mile race. During the Tour’s first tough day in the mountains, with climbs as steep as 16% and in pouring rain, Kadri dropped the rest and soloed to victory.
“I’d like to thank my team,” Kadri said. “I told them that I wanted to go for it, straight from the start, just go to the end. I wanted to be in the escape. It was a day that suited me and I’m delighted for what’s happened.”
Today’s victory was the biggest career win for the 27=year-old Frenchman, who also takes home the polka dot climber’s jersey.
On the final climb, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) attacked race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), but the Spaniard couldn’t shed the Italian from his wheel. Contador finished in second place only a few pedal strokes ahead of Nibali. Impressively, Richie Porte (Sky) finished fourth, raising him up into third place in the overall classification. Contador sits in striking distance in sixth place, about 35 seconds behind Porte.