Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paris - Nice Stage 4

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Slipstream) attacked the break with 20km to go, and soloed to a well deserved win in Stage 4 from Vichy - Saint-Étienne. Alberto Contador attacked Sylvain Chavanel, the yellow jersey holder, on the final climb of the day, and quickly opened up a gap which he held on to to the finish. This brings Contador back to within 0:36 of Chavenel, who now only has 0:06 over Rabobank's Juan Manuel Garate.
Stage 5 includes a Cat-1 climb, as well as 3 Cat-2 climbs, so expect more attacks from Contador, and more changes to the leaderboard.
This is turning out to be a very interesting race indeed!
Thanks for reading.