Is Andy Schleck letting this Tour de France slip?
Last year it was a slipped change that was the time difference between him beating Albertto Contador to that final maillot juane.
This year it might be slipping tires. On the descent of the Col de Manse, Andy was hesitant and locked up, overheating his brakes and propbably giving himself hand cramps.
He lost 48 second on the former mountain biker Cadel Evans who showed little fear and plenty of boldness. Things weren’t that much better for brother Frank and Thomas Voeckler who dropped 30 seconds to the Australian.
Sometimes we forget that winning the tour isn’t just about climbing the Alps and Pyrenees fast and crushing a time trial. Basic bike handling skills also come in handy.
Lance Armstrong nearly lost a tour when Joseba Beloki crashed right in front of him. Instead of going down, he went left and cross-country, cutting thru a field, hoping a ditch and then leaping back on his bike.
That doesnt’ sound like a move the Brothers Schleck could pull off. However, we’ll et money that Cadel Evans has the agility and confidence to keep the rubber right side up.
While Andy Schleck finds himself in the thrilling position of leading Alberto Contador by 39 seconds on GC, he also realized he is already 1:18 behind Cadel Evans.
Unlike the Brothers Schleck, Evans hasn’t let any opportunity slip. He’s been agressive from the depart, attacking when he sees a weakness and reacting immeidatly to any threat. Going into the Alps tomorrow, it’s his tour to lose.
French radio comentators went nuts over Schleck’s brake dance down the COl de Manse. You could practically feel Lauren Jalabert shaking his head..
Andy Schleck is literally stopping himself from winning the Tour de France.