July 17, 2007
Stage 9 Discovery Channel update
It was something of a coming-out party for Discovery Channel today, as the team that frequently declares itself the best in the world looked that way for one spectacular stage.
Popovych took the red race numbers of most combative rider, after riding in front of the peloton for nearly the entire day. Gusev factored in the early breaks, then Contador launched an assault on the Col du Galibier. Meanwhile, Levi Leipheimer hovered right there with Rasmussen, Valverde, Mayo, and Evans.
The team had 3 riders in the day's top 13, and has Contador and Leipheimer sitting in the GC Top 10 tonight.
Bruyneel was singing Contador's praises after the stage:
“The third week will be difficult for Alberto, but he's a big hope for the future. We want to build the team around him for the future,” said Discovery Channel sport director Johan Bruyneel. “He's a future Tour de France winner.”
And yet, as always, the Disco boys all point to the Pyrenees as this year's proving ground.
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