The 2010 Tour de France Stage 13 results were a final prologue. Following the 2010 Tour de France Stage 13 results, the climax of the 2010 Tour de France can really begin. Tomorrow is the opening day at the Pyrenees, where Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador will either lock up or lose the race. Contador left everyone in the dust at the Pyrenees last year, while Schleck is trying to use his own climbing skills to hold him off. Therefore, the 2010 Tour de France Stage 13 results were about not messing up, moments before the big tests start.
Schleck and Contador fulfilled that mission, as the leaderboard remained unchanged. Contador shaved 10 seconds off the lead yesterday, but Schleck protected the rest of it today. Going into the Pyrenees, Schleck remains 31 seconds ahead.
The 2010 Tour de France Stage 13 results also favored Alexandre Vinokourov, from Kazakhstan. He held off Mark Cavendish at the end, preventing him from winning his fourth stage. Vinokourov was previously banned from doping, but made more positive headlines today.
Schleck and Contador stayed in the same pack, in preparation for their showdown tomorrow. With the 2010 Tour de France Stage 13 results finished, the third act of the race can begin in earnest tomorrow. Four stages at the Pyrenees will help decide things, along with a huge time trial in Stage 19.
Meanwhile, Cavandish did not win another stage, yet the 2010 Tour de France Stage 13 results still worked well for him. He moved into third place on the green jersey standings, while Thor Hushovd gave up the lead again to Alessandro Petacchi. Hushovd is down by two points to Petacchi, as Cavendish is now just 25 points from the lead, and 23 points back of Hushovd.
The mountain standings still have Anthony Charteau up by 15 points over Jerome Pineau. Schleck had gone up to third in this race, yet slipped back to fourth while Mario Aerts overtook him by one point.
But the 2010 Tour de France Stage 13 results mainly got things ready for the Pyrenees. At this time last year, Contador and Lance Armstrong were set to decide the Tour there, as Contador wrapped things up easily. Tomorrow, it is Schleck and Contador squaring off, while Armstrong remains an afterthought, now over 25 minutes behind.
Things stayed the same after the 2010 Tour de France Stage 13. Yet tomorrow’s results are unlikely to do the same, as it is about time for things to shift again.
Yahoo Sport- “Overall Time Standings: Stage 13”
MSNBC.com- “Vinokourov wins 13’th Tour stage”