The Tour de France moves into the third day of the Pyrenees and another battle for the GC contenders. Stage 14 has five categorized climb before a final Hors category climb to Plateau de Beille for the finish.
The five categorized climbs are difficult in themselves, with two Category 1's, two Category 2's, and one Category three.
However, it is the final Hors Category climb where the race will likely see the battle continue for GC contenders like Cadel Evans, Andy and Frank Schleck, Ivan Basso, and defending champion Alberto Contador.
They will continue a battle from Stage 12 of the climb to Luz Ardiden, where Frank Schleck attacked and gained a bit of time, while Contador faltered and lost several seconds in the final kilometer.
Although Thomas Voekler of Team Europcar has valiantly defended his yellow jersey, he is not viewed as a GC contender. In light of that, here are the standings for the top 10 riders behind Frank Schleck and their time deficit to Schleck:
Frank Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek
Cadel Evans, Bmc Racing Team, at 0:17
Andy Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 0:26
Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale, at 1:27
Damiano Cunego, Lampre - Isd, at 1:33
Alberto Contador, Saxo Bank Sungard, at 2:11
Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel - Euskadi, at 2:22
Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma - Lotto, at 2:46
Tom Danielson, Team Garmin - Cervelo, at 2:46
Nicolas Roche, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 3:08
Will Voekler keep his yellow jersey? Who will win Stage 14? Who will win the Tour de France?
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