Tomorrow might be an all out alliance against Cadel Evans.
The early domestiques for Saxo, Leopard, Liqui, set a solid pace on the Agnel, early Izoard, then Fuglsang, Monfort, and CAS set a high tempo on the upper slopes of the Izoard.
Then come the bottom of the Galibier, Szmyd and Navarro go all out to whittle it down to just Evans, then Basso starts with his tempo.
With about 10 kms to go, Frank will attack.
Sanchador and Andy will follow.
Basso stops making tempo, and Evans kills himself to get back to the leaders.
Once Evans gets back, Andy will go, Sanchador follows.
Frank stays behind Evans, forcing him to relive Alpe d'Huez a day earlier than expected.
Andy and Sanchador decide to work together, and wait to settle the win on the Alpe.
Sanchez will have to let go with 2-3 kms left, but he'll be a very solid 3rd and in a position to podium.
Contador will get restless near the end, and mock Andy's Plateau de Beille efforts, getting 2 seconds and the stage win. Andy complains about something, probably the snow on the edge of the roads.
Andy and Contador ride up to the finish together, and Alberto thinks he has the win a la Mur de Bretagne, but Andy somehow hangs on. Andy goes crazy again, becomes a fist pumping fool, then Alberto will give him a gentle slap on the face to remind him of what he could have done.
Frank eventually drops Evans and rides to 4th.
Basso also grinds past Evans for 5th place.
AS/AC with 1-2 seconds between
Cunego, Tommy D, Uran +2'30"
Tommy V +3'30", but with a smile.
And in my calculations, that would put Frank in yellow by a smidge.