The 2010 Tour de France Stage 15 results could decide everything. With the 2010 Tour de France Stage 15 results, the 2010 Tour finally has the defending champion in the lead. Last year, at this exact time, Alberto Contador blew by Lance Armstrong and the field to take control. This year, Contador was trailing Andy Schleck on the second day at the Pyrenees, and looked to make another decisive move. Although he didn’t blow Schleck out, the 2010 Tour de France Stage 15 results finally gave Contador the yellow jersey back.
When the riders reached the Pyrenees yesterday, Schleck was able to maintain his 31-second lead. But today’s stage was extremely crucial, for, if Schleck could have held Contador off again, it would send a big message. However, Contador got some help in moving to the top.
The 2010 Tour de France Stage 15 results were altered by a mechanical problem. Schleck’s chain slipped during a climb, which allowed Contador to finally distance himself from him. By the time the climb was over, the defending champion was 27 seconds ahead, and just four seconds back of Schleck overall.
With the final descent, Contador made up the remaining distance at last. The 2010 Tour de France Stage 15 results had Contador finish 39 seconds ahead of Schleck – putting him in the yellow jersey by eight seconds. For the first time in this event, the champion is holding the yellow jersey, after trailing Schleck for about a week.
Still, the 2010 Tour de France Stage 15 results didn’t have Contador pull away completely. Last year, he won Stage 15 and blew out the field from then on in. This year, it was Thomas Voeckler who took the stage win, while Contador was almost three minutes back.
The important thing was that Contador took the lead, although it was only by eight seconds. If not for Schleck’s chain letting him down, he could have maintained the lead, for all anyone knows. However, it is a case of ‘what could have been’ for Schleck, as this one mistake could cost him the Tour when it’s all over.
Although the Tour de France Stage 15 results leave Schleck in striking distance, he may not have much time to get back up. There are just two more days in the Pyrenees, and, now that Contador is leading again, it may be hard to catch him. What’s more, the final time trial on Stage 19 could be a death knell to Schleck, as it plays to Contador’s advantage.
Schleck needed to lead before then, yet the 2010 Tour de France Stage 15 results may ruin that for him. Now he has to hope that Contador has a mishap of his own in the next few days. Many expected this all along, yet Schleck still has to prove the Tour isn’t over yet.
Yahoo Sport- “Overall Time Standings: Stage 15”
The Press Association- “Contador takes the lead”