Alberto Contador gets the stage and the overall win in Paris Nice. It all came down to today's stage and Contador took charge and one after breaking away. Discovery notches another stage race win. How about my picks? Shleck came in best at 8th, Leiphemer at 26th, and Mayo DNF. Mayo is like the new Botero or Beloki. How long til the clock runs out for him? Sammy Sanchez and Tadej Valjavec both rode quite well, hopefully setting Sanchez up for a good classics campaign.
Paris Nice is over but Tirreno Adriatico goes on til Tuesday. Today's ITT was won by Gerolsteiner's Stefan Schumacher which gave him the overall lead, but Astana's Kloden and Vinokourov sit in 2nd and 3rd 3 and 9 seconds back.
Bettini is still hurting from his crass and rode the ITT on his regular road bike. Hamilton's performance is being blamed on the "flu". Hope it's not the same stomach flu he had 2 plus years ago when he left the Vuelta.....
Tomorrow's hilly stage could decide the race and I wouldn't want to have to be Gerlosteiner and try and defend against the Astana one-two punch which was very effective last year at the Vuelta.
My picks for this race sit in 5th, 6th, and 14th anywhere from 26 seconds to a minute back. Voigt might be able to battle his way up if he can get in the right break.....Hope springs eternal