Sunday, July 19, 2009


Stage 15 begins in the Swiss Alps and the boys will put the “peddle to the metal” when they leave the city of Pontarlier and head through the mountains for 128.6 miles to the ski resort of Verbier.

Predicted Fireworks appeared in the final miles of Stage 15 of the 2009 Tour de France as Alberto Contador “arrived in his playground”! An initial break away by 10 riders during their ride into Switzerland fell apart as the true mountain test began late in today’s ride. Once Contador broke there was no stopping him….Andy Schleck tried but couldn’t touch him as he cruised effortlessly up the steep mountain in the Swiss Alps taking the Stage and the Yellow Jersey!

The leaders are:

#1: Alberto Contador

#2: Lance Armstrong + 1.37

#3: Bradley Wiggins + 1.46

#4: Andreas Kloden + 2.17

#5: Andy Schleck + 2.26

Our Jerseys were awarded today to:

Top Team Overall: Astana

Maillot Jaune: Alberto Contador

Maillot Vert: Thor Hushovd

Maillot a Pois Rouges: Franco Pellizotti

Maillot Blanc: Andy Schleck

Today is a rest day for Martha but I’ll be back after the teams take their rest day tomorrow, Monday July 20th…..we’ll continue our 2004 Journal on Tuesday, July 21st ………

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