Stage 4: A clever stage where the climb at the finish gives everyone a chance. Here we see climbers, sprinter, rouleurs and Vinokorovs all in the mix.
Andy – wants the anger out of his stomach.
Thor – God of Thunder wants to stay in yellow
Vino – wants redemption
Philippe – wants something on his birthday
Fränk – wants to be like Andy
…and wins by a centimetre. Then, in what may turn out to be a crucial psychological victory, Contador starts a premature fingerbang.
Cadel stares him down with one of his “chiselled Thunderbird” looks.
In summary: Cadel is attacked during a nature stop at 30km to go; a bike change (15km); BMC riders Burghardt and Hincapie bring him back; stage win. Cadel: “I can’t believe that I managed to beat Philippe Gilbert having led him out into a headwind.” This was an awesome race.
|8||Edvald Boasson Hagen||“|
|13||Tejay Van Garderen||“|
I don’t want to bring out the red texta just yet. There are innocent spinters still in there who should be spared the anticipated carnage once we apply our strict VXE doping-association criteria.