Pyre­nees shakeup

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

The bat­tle for Tour de France supremacy be­tween race leader Andy Sch­leck and de­fend­ing cham­pion Al­berto Con­ta­dor will be de­cided in the Pyre­nees, ac­cord­ing to Garmin-Tran­si­tions man­ager Jonathan Vaugh­ters.

Vaugh­ters, a for­mer climb­ing spe­cial­ist who once held the record for the fastest as­cent up the feared Mont Ven­toux, ex­pects the Lux­em­bourg chal­lenger to fiercely test Con­ta­dor over the four daunt­ing Pyre­nean climbs.

“(The Pyre­nees) are go­ing to be hard this year, the de­cid­ing point of the race, that’s for sure,” Vaugh­ters said. “I bet it will go one way or an­other, like Sch­leck will gain more time or Con­ta­dor will bring that all back.”

Vaugh­ters ex­pects Con­ta­dor to keep his ti­tle, es­pe­cially be­cause the penul­ti­mate stage of the Tour is a time trial, which fa­vors the Spa­niard. Sch­leck leads by 41 sec­onds over­all.

“I would still say Con­ta­dor,” Vaugh­ters said. “I just think he’ll come bet­ter in the Pyre­nees, and he’s a bet­ter time tri­aler.” Al­berto Con­ta­dor, right, chats with race leader Andy Sch­leck dur­ing the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Thurs­day.

Bas Czerwinski

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