19 July 2006

Landis on the Alpe d'Huez

I was astonished by the composure and unruffled peddling rate of Landis at he tackled the first major test in the Alps yesterday. He said at the finish that he was adopting a conservative strategy, knowing that he might take time out from his rivals in the time trial later this week. And there are two more Alpine stages to go. Yet somehow, I felt he could have put in the killer punch on the Alpe, when he was clearly in a position to do so. OK, he's wearing yellow, but somehow you feel he's perhaps a transitional jersey or race winner. I think we expect great riders to put down the hammer blow at some point, and we haven't seen that yet. But - still three decisive days to go.

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