Today was very warm and it was a very dynamic and difficult course as I explained to you yesterday. I was expecting some changes in the rankings and there are some! Except for Contador who is still in the lead, there is now some fog on the next 5 to 8 spots.
Given what Cadel Evans showed today, I doubt he will make it back to the podium, but besides that, its very tough to say who will be going for one of the top-5 spots.
Sastre had a tough day but I wouldnt be surprised to see him coming back later on this week. He has the mental strength to come back and I felt like today was just not his day. So pay attention to him.
The big question is Lance. He is still very strong and Im no longer surprised to see him doing so well after what he has shown so far this year. The only question is how far does he want to go? Because this guy will go wherever he wants!
I would also pay attention to Andy Schleck who has done a good stage. He needed some support from his brother and teammates but didnt quite receive what he needed to make it to the finish line. He is looking good and fresh and Im thinking he could make it to the podium. Schleck might a bit frustrated by what happened today because Saxo Bank tried to attack in the second part of the stage but it didnt work out as you have seen. Therefore, Im thinking that Schleck could attack again tomorrow.
Talking about an attack tomorrow, I think the riders will keep it cool until the Col de Rome which is one of the toughest cols of the Tour and this col would actually be the perfect setting for an attack and maybe for Schleck.
The thing is that this year each time you expect something to happen, nothing really happens, and its when you dont expect much from a stage that something big happens, like on Sunday, for example. Its quite funny and makes the Tour de France very interesting in some ways this year.
Finally, I would like to express my best recovery wishes to Voigt who suffered a terrible bike crash today. Id like to give him my support and I hope to see him back on a bike very soon. All the best, Mr. Voigt!
Yours in Sport,
Ronan Pensec participated eight times in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey in 1990 while racing for Greg Lemond's Z team. He now operates Ronan Pensec Travel, an official Tour de France operator hosting VIP cycling tours for recreational cycling enthusiasts.