tour de france

Yel­low jersey reshuf­fle

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Andy Sch­leck made the most noise of the yel­low-jersey con­tenders in Tues­day’s stage, jump­ing to sixth place over­all. His spe­cial­ity is climb­ing and that part of the Tour starts this week­end.

But there was other shuf­fling as Lance Arm­strong dropped to 18th at 2 min­utes, 30 sec­onds off the lead.

The biggest resur­gence is com­ing from Aus­tralia’s Cadel Evans, who is in third place, 39 sec­onds out of yel­low. He’s now the best-placed among the yel­low con­tenders. Evans is a two-time Tour run­ner-up but failed to crack the top 10 a year ago and has changed teams. He’s the leader of BMC, a new U.S. team.

Bri­tain’s Bradley Wig­gins, a for­mer time-trial spe­cial­ist, also fared well Tues­day. He was fourth a year ago and didn’t have an im­pres­sive open­ing pro­logue, but he’s 14th now at 1:49. Wig­gins also has changed teams.

Alexan­dre Vi­nok­ourov of Kaza­khstan, who is back at the Tour af­ter serv­ing a twoyear dop­ing sus­pen­sion, is an­other in­ter­est­ing con­tender. He’s rid­ing in sup­port of de­fend­ing cham­pion and As­tana team­mate Al­berto Con­ta­dor, but Vi­nok­ourov is now ahead of Con­ta­dor, in eighth at 1:31. Con­ta­dor is in ninth place.

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