PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France (VN) — Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) dodged another bullet Saturday after the Schleck brothers could not drop him in the final stage of the Pyrenees.
Contador was able to follow the pace, but admitted he still doesn’t have the legs to attack. The three-time Tour de France champion says he’s not happy with his riding so far.
“I cannot say that I was good, because if I was good, I would have won,” Contador said. “I don’t like racing like this. It’s not my style, but things are they way they are. I am hoping to recover by the Alps and have better legs.
Contador settled into seventh at four minutes back, about two minutes behind the Schleck brothers and the other top rivals.
“(The Schlecks) haven’t had any problems at the beginning of the Tour, while I was banged up and crashed,” Contador said. “It’s also surprising that they have not been able to distance Evans. They will have the final complicated if they cannot get rid of him.”
Yellow: Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) defended his maillot jaune against expectations.
Green: Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) made it through the Pyrenees with the points jersey on his shoulders.
Polka-dot: Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) claimed the climber’s jersey with the stage win.
White: Rigoberto Uran (Sky) rode into the best young rider’s jersey.
Team: Leopard-Trek moved ahead of Europcar.
Most aggressive: Sandy Casar (FDJ).
Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack), Kristjan Koren (Liquigas), Hubert Dupont (Ag2r): all 50CHF fine, 5 points penalty and 10-second penalty for pulling on car
Steve Morabito (BMC), 50CHF fine for irregular feed
DS Bingen Fernandez (Garmin-Cervélo), Dimitri Sedoun (Astana), each 200CHF fine for not following instructions of commissaires
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 100CHF for public urination
Rui Costa (Movistar), leg pain
Jens Voigt (Leopard-Trek), crash, cuts to right knee
Fränk Schleck (Leopard-Trek), bee sting on right hand
William Bonnet (FDJ), knee pain
Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo), crash, cuts to left elbow
Laurens Ten Dem (Rabobank), crash, cuts to face, bloody nose, transferred to local hospital for exam
William Bonnet (FDJ) finished outside the time limit, 170 riders remain in the peloton.
Sunny skies with strong northwesterly winds between 50 to 70kph — watch for echelons.