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Vande Velde’s View: Oh, now that’s gonna leave a mark….

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By Christian Vande Velde, Team CSC

Ouch!

Now, that was rude. 5200 meters (17,060 feet)of climbing over 207km. To add insult to injury, it was hotter than Hell out there today.

Climbs, heat or whatever, the race was shaken up today big time and, truthfully, I am so dead right now I can’t even think straight, so this will have to be brief.

Here’s my quick and dirty stage wrap:Comeback of the day: Levi.Contender of the day: Floyd.Sure, Denis Menchov won, but I still think that Floyd will now be the man for this Tour.

Carlos rode like we hoped that he would today and I think that he can ride to a podium place in this race.

Frank rode great also and even caught Klöden by the finish. And even I wasn’t so bad, but I am toasted nonetheless. No matter where you are on GC the fatigue is almost the same, from the grupetto to the lead group, the effort is relative.

Some are just fighting for their lives in hopes of making the time cut and the others are sprinting for the win.

Obviously you’d rather be doing the latter, but you don’t have a choice in the matter if you don’t have the energy or legs, now do you?