Ivan Basso lead the fourth grupetto over the top over the Col de la\nMadelaine, and every time we saw that grupetto again on the descent and\nlater on the flat, he was on the front of it driving it. That's not\nparticularly surprising - he is (still, more or less) a GC contender, he\ndidn't have any team mates with him, no-one else was going to help him...\nbut when they were down on the flat, on the wider road, the Leaky Gas\nteam car came up alongide on the right, and Ivan pulled deliberately\nleft, putting Kevin De Weert between himself and his own team management.\n\nWhat was that about? That does not look like a harmonious relationship...\n\nI would dearly love to see Ivan back on Bjarne's team next year, ideally\nwith Big Jens still racing also; and seeing the Schlecks look to be\nmoving to the new Luxembourguois equipe next year, Bjarne will need a GC\ncontender.\n\nSpeaking of my other favourite professional, wasn't Big Jens superb\ngetting himself into the right place at the right time to give Andy help\njust where he needed it? When he finally stops racing - and I hope it\nwon't be this year - he is going to be a terrific directeur sportif. He's\nsuch a strategist.\n\nAfter I was so mean about the wheel-sucker on Sunday, it transpires he'd\nbeen riding with a broken bone in his elbow. While his style or riding is\none which I feel borders on the unsporting, I wouldn't wish that on\nanyone - and it gave me no pleasure to see him so dramatically humbled\ntoday.\n\nSadly, I'm beginning to think this is Contador's race, now. It's\ncertainly Contador's to lose. He and Andy seem remarkably evenly matched\nin the mountains. Contador still has Vino (although Vino won't follow\nanyone's orders); Andy doesn't have Franck, and, strong though Bjarne's\nsquad is, they don't really have another good mountain man at present. If\nSaxo can't do something very special in the Pyrenees, Contador will take\nyellow in Pauillac, and the race is now over.\n\nExcept for Robabank. Menchov and Gesink are sitting very quietly just\nminutes off the lead, and if you look at the team classification (always\na good hint at who's strong) they're lying fourth. They are the most\nconsistent pairing left, and in the mountains having a team mate matters.\n\nRobabank could still steal the victory, yet.\n\n Not that I have anything against Contador.