2010 Tour de France wrap-up
This years Tour de France was marketed as a Lance versus Contador battle. Lance, being on a new team separate from Contador, was free to ride the tour the way he wanted with the support of a strong team. The rest of us, on the other hand, had a better grasp of reality and knew the real battle would most likely be between Andy Schleck and Contador. What couldn't be predicted was how stale the battle would be. Contador could not shake Schleck, Schleck could not unhinge Contador and the two practically held hands between cute track stand displays up the climbs. While the main attraction played out like a soft romance the real heat took place behind the scenes. Lets take a look at the real highlights of the 2010 Tour de France.
Vino: This is a personal favorite for me. I have always loved Vinokourov’s aggressive style and he really let it out at this years Tour. He was able to do a bit of everything this year by getting into breaks, pulling back breaks, being the perfect teammate for Contador, and taking an amazing stage 13 win.
Voeckler, Chavanel, and France: Voeckler for an amazing stage 15 win that was overshadowed by chain-gate, Chavanel showing he could take a stage (7) without the help of Cancelarra’s babysitting (see stage 2), and France for taking the most stage wins in their own premier race.
Cavendish: Regardless of what you think of him a total of five stage wins is impressive, especially after overcoming an initial lack of success in the first four flat stages. Seeing his emotional win in Montargis (stage 5) shows his true passion for this sport, and a true passion for crushing the field!
Chris Horner: Top 10 in the GC! Awesome!
It is almost certain that we are in for plenty more Contador versus Schleck performances in the years to come. We can only hope that other younger riders like Gesink and Kreuziger, who placed very well, will come back to provide some closer competition.