Alberto Contador rode off the front on the climb to Verbier like he was shot out of a cannon. Contador’s ferocious multiple accelerations on a climb are a sight to behold. Contador took the yellow jersey and left no doubt as to who was the strongest rider in the Tour and on his Astana team.
In an incredible day of racing Andy Schleck and Bradley Wiggins distinguished themselves, as did Andreas Klöden who did a stellar job pulling Lance Armstrong up the mountain. Carlos Sastre looks like he could be a threat on Ventoux and get himself back into contention. Finally, Fabian Cancellara every time he is in the mix shows himself to be the classiest rider in the peloton.
Original photo of Contador: Christophe Karaba / EFE