It went Crash! Bang! Boom! in Wednesday's Alpine stage. "The liquidy, cheap asphalt on the narrow roads was bad. You literally stick to it," writes CSC's Jens Voigt on www.sport1.de. "And were there crashes! I couldn't believe it! It started right in the first curve on the descent from Galibier, Bennati slid away. Five curves later, Chavanel hit the ground. And both are good descenders. I thought, are they all crazy?
He noted that French TV gave the "official" explanation that Landis didn't have enough to eat and therefore lost so much time. "That is of course a terrible mistake, that no one should allow themselves to make in the Tour."
It was hard to find the right time to eat during the stage, though. "When you climb, you're at your limit, you don't want to have you mouth full of some sticky chocolate bar, and descending you have both hands on the handlebars, because you're afraid for your life. When you forget one time to eat, then it can have a terrible revenge on you."