2010 Tour de France Stage 8 Recap:
Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck (OAKLEY) said he is happy to wait for his chance to take the Tour de France yellow jersey – as long as he has it on his shoulders in Paris. Schleck claimed victory on the first real mountain stage of this year’s race on Sunday after jumping out of a group of favorites in the final kilometer of the 14km climb to Avoriaz, beating Spaniard Samuel Sanchez at the line.
While he was happy with the victory – on a day when Lance Armstrong’s own victory hopes were dashed – Schleck played down suggestions that he should have attacked earlier on the final climb to take more time off his rivals.
“I’m very happy to have won the stage, but we have a strategy and I wanted to stick with it. It’s not the time for experimenting,” said the Saxo Bank climbing specialist.
“Maybe I would have taken the yellow jersey, but my aim is to have it when the race finishes in Paris. And to do that, we have to go step by step. It will come.”
Schleck’s victory hopes seemed to be dented on stage three when his brother Frank, a key helper for him on the race’s tough climbs, crashed on the cobblestones suffering a broken collarbone
He is now second overall at only 20secs behind overall leader Cadel Evans (OAKLEY), a situation regarded as ideal because the Australian, unless he decides not to, will spend time and energy defending the race lead.
1. EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM 37:57:09 OAKLEY
2. SCHLECK Andy TEAM SAXO BANK + 00’ 20" OAKLEY
3. CONTADOR Alberto ASTANA + 01’ 01"
RECAP for OAKLEY.
· 5 Stage’s Victories.
· YELLOW JERSEY. CADEL EVANS.
· WHITE JERSEY. ANDY SCHLECK.
· GREEN JERSEY. THOR HUSHOVD.