Zipp Athletes in Second and Third at Tour
Fränk Schleck One Second from Yellow
With a brilliant third place in tenth stage of Tour de France from Pau to Hautacam Team CSC Saxo Bank's Fränk Schleck found himself extremely close to leading the race. The talented rider from Luxembourg is now just a single second behind Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), who took over the leader's jersey from Kim Kirchen (Team Columbia).
Saunier Duval's Leonardo Piepoli won the stage ahead of teammate Juan José Cobo with 29 seconds down to Schleck.
"The team was fantastic today – all our guys made an absolutely brilliant effort and Fränk is now very close to the Yellow Jersey. Amazing effort by Fränk as the icing on the cake, but also Fabian, Volodymir, Jens, Andy, Kurt, Nicki and Stuart did their job to perfection each at different points in the stage, so we have every reason to be proud of ourselves today," said Carlos Sastre, who was seventh in the stage and is now sixth overall.
Photography: Tim De Waele.
Hautacam High: With the ride of his life, Christian moves to 3rd overall!
Proving his talents as one of the world’s best, Christian Vande Velde stuck with the true Tour contenders over the Tourmalet and up Hautacam to finish with the new maillot jaune Cadel Evans. Leaving Kirchen and Valverde behind on the mountain, Christian’s group finished just two minutes off Frank Schleck, who finished third on the stage and moved into second overall. In the last few hundred meters of the climb, Christian attacked (right), pulling the group up to the finish where Evans just managed to take the yellow.
All of Team Garmin-Chipotle H3O worked to keep Christian in position early in the stage with Trent Lowe hanging in until La Mongie on the Tourmalet climb. Early in the stage, Danny Pate crashed but was fine and still did his full share of the day’s work.