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2010 Tour de France – After 10 Stages

It’s that time of year where sports around here start to die down…especially with a somewhat quiet off-season for the NHL and LeBron finally ditching Cleveland.   That with my new-found hobby of cycling has led me to an interest in this years Tour de France.  It’s essentially racing, which I typically enjoy, but slowed way down.  Normally that would bore me to death.  However, with the strategy involved in cycling, it’s nice to have the “slow” pace that allows you to easily see it play out.

The big news was that this would be Lance Armstrong’s last tour, for real.  Unfortunately he won’t go out on top and claim an 8th tour win due to a disastrous Stage 8 on Sunday that pushed him back to over 15 minutes out of the lead, an amount that is insurmountable in a race like this.  Hate to count a guy like that out but it seems like his role in the team has shifted from a leader to one of support for Team RadioShack’s new best chance a winning… Levi Leipheimer.

Levi had an impressive stage 8 showing and followed it up with 2 more competitive stages in 9 and 10.  Now with tomorrow’s stage 11 being a sprinter’s race it may cater to him even more.  Of course that all depends what he has left after the grueling climbs in the recent days.  He is currently 6th overall, 3:59 behind.  I’m not sure if he has what it takes to win but with the support of a strong team like RadioShack he has a chance to be on the podium when they arrive in Paris.

The lead contenders at this point are clearly Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador with Schleck leading Contador by 41 seconds after today’s tenth stage.  The dual up the mountain in stage 9 was epic as they both went on the attack multiple times unable to lose the other.  They did falter a bit in today’s stage as they were in the main peloton 14 minutes behind the stage winner, Sergio Paulinho of Team RadioShack.  Even so, they still managed to finish before most of the other contenders to keep their lead in the overall standings.

With the Pyrenees climbs still to come a lot can change but from the looks of it both Schleck and Contador have what it takes to keep up the current pace and keep themselves ahead of the other riders.  The difference makes my be the time trial stages where Schleck is not known for his ability to do well in them where as Contador always impresses.

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