It’s been a frustrating tour of France for the man who had won it seven consecutive times. Today Lance was knocked off his bike on three separate occasions, putting him 10+ minutes behind the tour leaders and far out of contention for the podium in Paris.
The one man who has benefited from Lance’s mishaps is Alberto Contador, last year’s tour winner, and Lance’s nemesis. This photo on the left is from an earlier stage last week — and Lance claimed that he didn’t exchange words with Contador. But that’s incredibly hard to believe and we can only imagine what niceties he had to share with the top contender in this year’s race.
With over 12 stages left, Lance will likely shift gears and pursue two goals. First, help his teammate Levi Leipheimer, who is only 2 minutes back, to take the yellow jersey in Paris. And second, the last thing Lance wants to see in his final tour is for Contador to win, so let’s see what he can do to stop the Spaniard from popping bottles on the Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es.