tour de france
Yellow jersey reshuffle
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.