Tour Favourite Andy Schleck's run of good luck came to an end today during stage 15 on the slopes of the Port de Balès when he timed the worst mechanical problem at the worst possible moment. Schleck had just let fly with an impressive attack sparking a chase in full flight from arch rival Alberto Contador, the duo were just about to come back together when Schleck derailed his chain leaving him powerless on the 11% gradient, with a hard charging third and fourth overall Sanchez and Menchov now gunning after Contador the race was on.
As the yellow jersey was wrestling with his drivetrain in what must have felt like an eternity the race was going on around him, showing the strength of a true champion Schelck remounted his specially painted yellow steed and ripped his way through the riders that had gone past him in search of the leaders.
What the remaining kilometres on the descent into Bagnères-de-Luchon saw was that Schleck can descend like a deamon, the Luxembourger flew down the mountain like never before limiting his losses at the line to 39 seconds. The yellow jersey may have passed to the Spaniard Contador by eight seconds but the Tour looks set to ignite as Schleck has vowed to attack on the Tourmalet to take his revenge. This is good news for cycling fans as this year as the Tour crosses the giant of 2115 metres not once but twice, on stages 16 and 17, with the latter stage coming to a head with a mountain top finish.
Check out the stage defining mechanical of Andy Shcleck below.
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