Tour de France – 8 seconds but it’s all over

After 19 race days and over 3000 kms the gap in the general classification (GC) between the numbers one (Contador) and two (A. Schleck) is 8secs. A margin as tight as the spandex on the skinny guys still in the peloton but somehow we think it’s all over already. The reason: a derailleur.

While attacking in the mountain stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon the race leaders (A. Schleck) derailleur failed forcing him to switch bikes, result: a 30 secs advantage turned into a 8 secs loss on Contador in the GC. Seen that Contador will take around 1.30 mins on A. Schleck in the individual 52km time trail on Saturday the Tour seems to be decided. Schleck has one more chance in the Thursday stage with arrival on the mythical Tourmalet to gain some time.

Battle for third place is still very interesting, the green jersey hasn’t been decided on, there is possibly a new doping scandal (of course) and there is the royal sprint on the Champs Elysees so it’s still worth watching in the days to come. Unless the derailleur of Contador…

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By Maarten Patteeuw

Maarten is an avid road and mountain biker who lives and breathes everything rolling on two wheels. You can follow his rantings on Twitter by looking for @maapathel.