It's 2am... I'm wired, thanks to a combination of late night coffee and one of the best damn Tour de France stages I've ever witnessed. Phenomenal. Awesome. Stunning. Words can't describe it. Except those ones, and the ones I'm about to write.
The race has been turned on it's head, and who knows what is to come. This is the most open and exciting Tour in, what, SEVEN YEARS! No-one could've predicted at the start of the stage that Landis would not only be out of yellow, but would lose eight minutes to Pereiro. He absolutely exploded!
A spectator shows Landis where he's heading.
And Kloden, Evans, Pereiro took full advantage. It was Menchov who did the initial damage, but then he paid the price too. Great win for Chicken, in the same fashion as he won a stage last year, on a loooong break, picking up all the big KOM points along the way. And this Dessel character is hanging in there too. So many variables. Who needs Ullrich, Basso, and that other guy.
Chicken spreads his wings. Or believes he's Jesus.
And another highlight of the stage was....NO ADS on the last climb... well done SBS! They must've copped a barrage of emails and phone calls after last nights efforts. Power to the people! Tomalaris is still a putz though, but some things are inevitable I guess.