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How top riders are faring at Tour

Updated: July 10, 2009, 7:32 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

Well, not exactly the day I predicted.

It was pretty obvious who had the strongest team in Friday's Stage 7, the Tour's first mountain stage. Team Astana rode like it had the yellow jersey, controlling the pack for most of the climb up to Arcalis.

Again, the Tour is coming down to those few seconds. It's pretty mind-blowing how those little things come into play during the race. As each stage goes by, the margin for error becomes less and less.

I was a little ...

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