GREAT stage up to the Alpe d'Huez in the Criterium du Dauphine today. Contador won it, but the real winner was Team Radioshack's Jani Brajkovic, who never left Contador's wheel despite 7 attacks by the Spaniard. Also outstanding performances by Sylwester Szmyd and Jurgen van den Broeck. It was one attack after another on the Alpe. Very exciting stuff.
Congratulations to Brajkovic, who surely did enough today to secure overall victory in the Dauphine. And kudos to Chris Horner, who picked up young American rider Teejay van Garderen, who started the day in second place, but got shelled off the back on the Alpe 'Huez. Even though they are on different teams, Horner slowed to let van Garderen take his wheel, and pulled him to the finish.