I snapped this photo of the live coverage playing on my television this morning (and shared via twitter). Maybe not the best photograph of the day’s action, but my god, I was coming out of my skin! At one kilometer to go, he had just about lost the jersey to Schleck. He turned himself inside out over that last one thousand meters and held on.
His face is a mask of pain.
His actual finish time was 2:21 back. He kept the GC lead by a slim 15 seconds over Andy Schleck.
Schleck, to his credit, threw his Schlecktacles in the waste bin and got on with it. I knew he could ride without having his brother at arm’s length. Today’s stage was utterly fantastic. And, I hope to see more of the same tomorrow.by