(blogged from a Carl's Jr. in Bishop, driving home from the Death Ride :)
Just finished watching today's TDF stage while driving back from the Death Ride; it was pretty entertaining, wasn't it? There was just enough climbing to make things interesting and provide opportunities, but the climbs weren't steep enough (or long enough) to provide the GC men with opportunities to gain time. Jerome Pinot used the stage as a chance to escape and take points for the polka-dot climbers jersey - chapeau to him, nicely done - and Sylvain Chavanel attacked on the final climb and took time on everyone to win and get the yellow jersey back - chapeau to him, very nicely done.
Tomorrow morning the Tour really starts; stage 8 is serious alpine climbing, with two big category 1 climbs at the end including a mountaintop finish, and we should see a significant selection among the GC men. Will Lance be able to do it? Will Contador stamp his authority on the peloton? Will Andy Schleck gain back time? What about Evans? And Menchov? And Wiggins? And... Can't wait!