Alberto Contador of Astana rode away from all the contenders today to win the stage and take hold of the Maillot Jaune. Teammate Lance Armstrong climbed to second overall, but admitted that it was time to work for Contador.
The stage into Verbier was expected to shake up the standings and end Rinaldo Nocentini's run in yellow.
Stage 15 Results
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 5:03:58
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:00:43
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:01:03
4 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:01:06
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto - 0:01:26
8 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:01:29
9 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:01:35
10 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:01:55
General classification after stage 15
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 63:17:56
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:01:37
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:46
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:02:17
5 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:02:26
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale - 0:02:30
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:02:51
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:03:07
9 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux - 0:03:09
10 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:03:25
Full results here..
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"Contador king of Verbier
2007 Tour champ wins stage, claims yellow jersey
On the slopes to Andorra Arcalis, the big names of the Tour de France allowed a break to stay away and the race lead go to a relatively unknown in la Grande Boucle. Today in Verbier, however, the man most likely to take out this year's edition staked his claim to the title with a fantastic attack on the Swiss slopes that opened the Alpine passage for the peloton.
Alberto Contador may have flown in the face of team plans in the first day of the Pyrenees passage but there was no doubt who was Astana's number one in Verbier as he beat the best the likes of Andy Schleck and his brother Frank, Carlos Sastre, Cadel Evans and Vincenzo Nibali could throw at him." Read more from CyclingNews...
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"Contador wins 15th stage of Tour in Alps
VERBIER, Switzerland - Alberto Contador won a showdown with Lance Armstrong on Sunday, capturing the yellow jersey with a dominating victory in the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France.
Armstrong moved up to second place in the standings after the 15th stage, but lost time to his Astana teammate, who took control of the race in ending Rinaldo Nocentini's eight-day run in the overall lead.
The 26-year-old Spaniard broke away from other pre-race favorites with 3.5 miles left in the 128.9-mile ride from Pontarlier, France, to the Swiss ski resort of Verbier - and kept extending his lead throughout the uphill finish." Read more from the AP...
"Armstrong says it's time to help Contador
By Justin Davis (AFP)
VERBIER, Switzerland - Lance Armstrong has admitted he may have to wave goodbye to his bid for an eighth yellow jersey on the Tour de France after being left for dust by teammate Alberto Contador.
Armstrong was left suffering early on the 8.8km climb to Verbier, on which Contador launched a decisive attack that has singled him out as Astana's best chance of winning the race.
The 37-year-old American said afterwards Contador had proved that he is the "strongest rider in the race".
And he indicated that it would now be difficult for him to aim for an eighth Tour crown.
"When Alberto went he showed he is the best rider, showed he is the best climber. You know when everybody is on their limits and you can accelerate again, that's how you win the Tour. Hats off to him," said Armstrong." Read more from the AFP...
"Contador claims yellow atop Verbier
Astana's Alberto Contador won the day and the maillot jaune on Sunday, riding away from a small group of favorites on the final climb in stage 15 of the Tour de France.
Contador used the Category 1 climb to Verbier to settle accounts with teammate Lance Armstrong and the rest of his rivals for the overall victory, rocketing away to win by more than 40 seconds over Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck, who collected the white jersey for the best young rider in the process. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) finished third." Read more from VeloNews.com...
"That was my worst Tour day, sobs Evans
VERBIER, Switzerland - An emotional Cadel Evans said he suffered the "worst day" of any Tour de France campaign on Sunday's 15th stage where he slipped back to over four minutes off the leading pace.
Silence's two-time runner-up started the 207.5km stage from Pontarlier 3min 07secs adrift but after the 8.8km climb to the summit here Evans slipped down to 4:27 behind new race leader Alberto Contador.
Attacks by Frank Schleck then Contador put the pressure on all the leading favourites on the final climb before Contador, who rides for Astana, raced off on his own to win the stage and take the race's yellow jersey." Read more from the AFP...