2010 Tour de France Stage 9 Recap: Schleck Takes Yellow


Andy Schleck (OAKLEY) of Luxembourg captured the overall lead at the Tour de France at the end of a mountainous ninth stage won by French rider Sandy Casar on Tuesday.

Schleck took the yellow jersey from Australia’s Cadel Evans (OAKLEY), who wore it for only one day, after finishing seventh in the stage, two seconds behind Casar and alongside two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador.

Evans was dropped on the fabled Madeleine pass and lost more than 8 minutes on Schleck and Contador. Team doctor Max Testa said Evans was riding with a “small but very painful” fracture on his elbow after crashing in the eighth stage on Sunday.

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong fared relatively well as many other riders dropped off the title contenders on the Madeleine — one of the toughest climbs in cycling. The Texan finished 18th, 2:50 behind Casar.

1. SCHLECK Andy TEAM SAXO BANK 43:35:41                        OAKLEY
2. CONTADOR Alberto ASTANA + 00’ 41"
3. SANCHEZ Samuel EUSKALTELEUSKADI + 02’ 45"            OAKLEY.

Green Jersey. Thor Hushovd.                     OAKLEY.
White Jersey. Andy Schleck.                       OAKLEY.


Kiko Garcia


July 14, 2010