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|Andy Schleck, right, led his brother Frank, left, up the Prato Nevoso summit to yellow.|
CSC had all the bases covered and showed its strength during the stage. Heading into Sunday, Frank, who was one second behind Cadel Evans for the overall Tour lead, had to keep tabs on Evans, and Evans on Frank. While the group of 10 worked its way up, Carlos Sastre finally showed some form in the mountains and attacked, putting the ball back in Evans' court. Evans took the lead with about a kilometer to go, but then Sastre, Bernhard Kohl, Alejandro Valverde and Denis Menchov pulled away from the group. This is where Sastre showed a lot of class -- instead of outsprinting Kohl (and, in turn, potentially leading Kohl past Schleck for the overall lead), he rode the wheel and protected Schleck's lead. Then, I started yelling at my television -- all Frank needed to do was drop Evans to gain the yellow jersey. And drop Evans he did. CSC controlled the stage as if it was already holding the yellow jersey. Now, they are, and there's no second-guessing from here on out. Now, it's up to Frank and Carlos to attack. They know seven or 49 seconds isn't going to be enough with Saturday's final time trial around the corner. You're going to see more aggression. But when you have teammates like Sastre and the Schlecks, you are totally comfortable in most situations.
Heading into the second rest day ...
|Cadel Evans may have been disappointed to give up the yellow jersey Sunday, but he's still third overall in the race.|
Bobby Julich, a member of Team CSC-Saxo Bank, will be providing a diary for ESPN.com throughout the Tour de France. The American has been a professional cyclist since 1992. He finished third overall in the 1998 Tour de France and won the Paris-Nice race in 2005.