Wow! Some unexpected fireworks today. Cadel Evans now looks like a solid favorite, given his time-trial abilities. Good to see him attack. He might win the Tour just by wheel-sucking on the favorites until the TT, but a winner should go out and get it on the stages.
Contador showed he's still got some of his legs. I'm not a big fan of his, but the race is more fun when he attacks. He's going to have to stay aggressive to get those two minutes back from Evans. He's definitely looking better, but I feel like the Contador of last year would have beaten Evans to the line today.
As for Andy Schleck . . . what's the deal? Is he just not in form this year? I thought he was racing conservatively earlier, but now you have to wonder. I kept waiting for him to shift gears and take over, and it didn't happen.
Voeckler turned in another solid stage, but the one guy he couldn't afford to lose time to (Evans) got about 20 seconds on him. He really can't lose any more to him. A month ago, at the Dauphiné, the two raced the same time trial at Grenoble that the TdF is using, and Evans edged him by 1'58". Evans is now within 1'45". Of course, wearing the maillot jaune just might give Voeckler something extra in the tank . . . well, he's got to get through the Alps first.
And Thor Hushovd is just plain awesome.
Should be a great third week.