The 2010 Tour de France results thus far are technically predictable. Thus far, the 2010 Tour de Frances results have Alberto Contador ahead, as the 2010 Tour nears an end. Contador was favored to be in this position, even when he trailed Andy Schleck in the second week. On Stage 15, he finally took back the yellow jersey, just like last year. However, the way he did it, and the difference between him and the field, is quite different this time. This gives the 2010 Tour de France results added intrigue as the final days approach.
Today is the second and last off day of the event, before Stage 17 tomorrow. From then on in, the riders will have four straight days to make a last move before they enter the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. Most expect Contador to hold the yellow jersey on that day, but Schleck still wants to change that.
The 2010 Tour de France results were altered when Contador passed Schleck on Monday, as Schleck was fixing his chain. Since that is against the unwritten code of conduct in cycling, Schleck vowed revenge. If he wants to get it, he has a limited window of opportunity.
The best chance for Schleck to make up his eight-second deficit may be tomorrow’s Stage 17. If the 2010 Tour de France results still favor Contador by then, the race could be lost. The next best chance to change things would be Stage 19’s time trial, in which Contador is a heavy favorite to increase the lead. Schleck needed to hold on until then, yet Contador’s tactics cost him.
Now the 2010 Tour de France Stage 17 results could settle things, if Schleck cannot make a big enough move. Schleck told reporters today that he needed a 1-2 minute lead after tomorrow to have a chance. That could be hard to get against Contador, yet Schleck has matched him throughout the Tour, and might have still led if not for Monday’s controversy.
The other jerseys are also still up for grabs in the final four days as well. In the green jersey competition, Thor Hushovd is neck and neck with Alessandro Petacchi, while Mark Cavendish trails in third. As for the mountain jersey race, Anthony Charteau will attempt to hold off Christophe Moreau.
But the central battle will be between Contador and Schleck, as it has been for a week and a half. Will the 2010 Tour de France results be an inevitable Contador repeat, or does Schleck have enough vengeance on his side? The answer may come as soon as tomorrow.
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