Tour de France Stage 9 whittles contenders down to Schleck, Contador
After Stage 8 of the Tour de France took Lance Armstrong out of the race, two other possible contenders – Cadel Evans and Carlos Sastre – lost critical time. Now it's a race between defending champion Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.
Forty kilometers later, they cruised across the finish line in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne with an iron grip on the overall classification. Their closest rival, 2008 Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez, trails Contador by two minutes and four seconds.
“Right now it looks like it’s just Alberto versus me,” says Schleck, who has a 41-second lead over the Spaniard after more than 43 hours of racing.
One of the main favorites to win this year's Tour, Team BMC’s Cadel Evans, suffered an epic meltdown today.