Contador claims his left leg doesn't 'function' properly, he has awkward position on the bike and said he barely feels better than 2 or 3 days ago.
He has not recovered from his crashes, at all. He would never lose time on a stage like this, so there's no point trying to twist the truth around, he would very much be able to win the Tour if it wasn't for that.
I hope he'll be smart about this, and if he gets the final blow in the pyrenees, he should leave, rest, easy and prepare for the olympics and Vuelta. Riding while being out of contention would make no sense at all. He needs to be reasonable this time.
Aargh please stop that "he should leave" talk. The only thing he should do now is recover as damn fast as possible and lose as little time as possible this weekend. At least for me that's the only thing on my mind now. Hate the idea of another wasted TdF.
Today's time loss is not that easily comparable with a normal mountain stage though. This was very explosive and after losing contact with the group on such a critical moment, for whatever reason like missing just one pedal stroke or something, you're gone. While on a longer climb the pace is much slower, even when speeding at full power and I doubt whether that will be the case in all
of those Pyrenees stages.
And the pain then... when climbing mountains on this type of level your body is hurting like hell even on places you never knew they existed and if someone is able to handle that properly it is Alberto. Yet, this different type of pain could also help to forget that other pain from the climbing itself.
The only things I am really concerned about are:
1) how much energy are the wounds demanding from the body
2) how much energy he has wasted trying to hang on while the other GC favorites quite easily where drafting behind the Movistar pace.
And also for this, it's a GT, everybody is suffering like hell, and I'm pretty confident Alberto could make it even harsher for them in the last week. And then everything can happen. I think he is right while saying to take it day by day, keeping the morale as high as possibile and even higher.
But man, you cannot even guess how I am praying that he could take some kind of pill that could take away all this suffering from him. What a bummer.