July 20, 2006
After cracking on the final climb yesterday, Floyd Landis was 8:08 behind the leader in the Tour de France, apparently out of contention for the tour win. Today he dropped the peleton at the beginning of the first climb and finished the day almost 6 minutes ahead of the second place rider, bringing himself into 3rd place, only 30 seconds off the lead. If you get a chance to watch today's stage, do it! With only a few days of racing left and the mountain stages over, the remaining time trial is the most likely place for riders to gain or lose time. This 30 second deficit is one that Landis is very well capable of overcoming as he is known to be a better time trialist than the two riders ahead of him, Oscar Periero and Carlos Sastre. What a crazy tour!