Contador wins in Verbier as Tour explodes into life

Alberto Contador, Tour de France 2009, stage 15

At last the Tour de France has come to life. After another 199km of a peloton riding together, the riders treated the world to eight kilometres of the most exciting bike racing seen in years. 

Alberto Contador stamped his authority on the race with a devastating attack with 5.6km to go but behind him a hundred other stories were unfolding. Briton Bradley Wiggins was doing the ride of his life to put himself within reach of the podium, while Lance Armstrong and Andreas Klöden struggled on, riding at first together, chasing Contador, and then for themselves. 

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