Tour de France: Contador and Schleck battle as Evans falters

andy schleckAndy Schleck (Photo: Dave Strom)
Cadel Evans' day in the yellow jersey ended in tears as the Australian's hopes of winning the 2010 Tour de France were crushed on yet another thrilling day's racing

andy schleck

Cadel Evans’ day in the yellow jersey ended in tears as the Australian’s hopes of winning the 2010 Tour de France were crushed on yet another thrilling day’s racing.

The World Champion lost ground on the pack containing the major general classification contenders on the day’s final climb up the Col de la Madeleine, finishing over eight minutes behind stage winner Sandy Casar.

The Frenchman won a sprint from Luis León Sánchez and Damiano Cunego but the day’s real winners were the leading pair of Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.

Saxobank’s Schleck will wear the leaders’ jersey tomorrow but he lies just a tantalising 41 seconds ahead of reigning champion Contador.

The two engaged in some magnificent sparring on the final climb, as the relentless pace gradually burned off the rest of the field.

Schleck, wearing the white jersey of the best young rider, attacked his Spanish opponent on three occasions but Contador was more than equal to the challenge.

The pair then descended at pace together, finishing just two seconds behind the leading three riders and alongside the French duo of Anthony Charteau and Christophe Moreau.

The result will be particularly pleasing for Contador, the superior time-trial rider of the two, who had failed to match his Luxembourger rival on Sunday’s opening Alpine stage.

Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano provides update on Chelsea FC link to Frenkie De Jong
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker tells Jurgen Klopp to switch Liverpool FC star’s position
Richest Sports Stars in the world
The Top 10 Richest Sports Stars In the World In 2022
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez Stats – Who Is Better?
Gossip
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Chelsea FC search for next signing
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano provides update on Chelsea FC link to Frenkie De Jong
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker tells Jurgen Klopp to switch Liverpool FC star’s position
Richest Sports Stars in the world
The Top 10 Richest Sports Stars In the World In 2022
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez
Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez Stats – Who Is Better?
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature