July 9, 2011

At about 26KM to go, Alexandre Vinokourov took off up the climb. He’s ahead of the peloton by about 30 seconds already.

Over the top of the category 2 climb, the lead group of two riders is almost three minutes ahead of the peloton.

The chase is on down the other side of the mountain with darkening skies coming and another climb – a cat 3 – ahead.

Back here after the conclusion of today’s stage 8.