You have absolutely no clue on how things work the 3rd week into the tour. Sparticus is not a climber, has about 50-60 pounds more weight. His effort on Verbier probably cost him alot of time today and the last 2 days cost him even more time. When he does the World Championships he is completely fresh and not on the 3rd week of a massive effort. Contador and Andy had the extra motivation of their standings and jerseys, guessing the yellow gave contador probably an extra 15-30 secs today from mind set and stature alone. Apples to oranges.