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A spectacular day’s racing in the Alps saw a popular French winner and the battle for the yellow jersey narrowed to two men.
Andy Schleck outwitted and outrode his rivals with an incredible long-range attack to win atop the Col du Galibier.
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For the second day running, the descent of a category two hill threw a hand grenade into the front group of the Tour.
Thor Hushovd won his second mountain stage of the Tour in Gap, while Andy Schleck faltered on the Col de Manse, perhaps losing his chance of winning the yellow jersey.
The favourites cancelled each other out on Plateau de Beille. Is Thomas Voeckler suddenly looking like a possible Tour winner?
Cadel Evans, very possibly. Here’s why.
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Heroic performances from Thor Hushovd saw him finishing the day wearing the yellow jersey, and the stage saw the first successful long-range attack of the 2011 Tour, but the race favourites rode cagily to Super Besse.
Analysis behind the headlines at the Tour de France.
Crashes, and one of the strongest uphill sprinters ever seen in cycling, wrought carnage in the Vendée.
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Saxo Bank manager Bjarne Riis and team leader Alberto Contador gave a less-than-convincing performance at their pre-Tour press conference
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