Alpe d'Huez said:I actually that time is decent for Schlekette. I'd put Sastre on that list before him. Also Gesink, LL Sanchez, Hushovd, and Periero as a bit disappointed.
I'd add Kirchen and Devolder to that list. Rogers as well, if he hadn't dropped his chain twice and had to get off his bike to put it back on.
I agree, Contador was a big winner today. With everything going on, he just needed to have the best time for Astana, by how much wasn't as important, though it's an added plus that the biggest gap is between he and LA. Looking at all the time gaps, you can't have really expected him to take any more time than he did.
Team-wise, I expected a bit more from Columbia. Rabo obviously disappointed. Everyone is always talking about Cadel's lack of support but does anyone else think Cervelo might really hold Sastre back? His team doesn't look particularly strong for the mountains and he is sure to lose more time in the TTT. Sastre had his teams best time today with Haussler coming next in 48th.