Floyd Landis rode one of the most inspirational stages I've ever seen in the Tour de France earlier this morning. Two days ago Landis took the race lead while confidently riding up the infamous Alp d'Huez. Landis's form suggested that he was poised to wear the yellow jersey the rest of race. However, yesterday Landis cracked in spectaular fashion (crappy video) when he was dropped from the breakaway with only 18K left in the stage. Over the final climb Landis 'bonked' struggling to keep peddling and ultimately lost 10 minutes, which dropped him from 1st to 11th. Moreover with only a handful of stages left Landis's Tour appeared to be over.
This morning, in the last mountain stage of the Tour, Floyd Landis broke away from the pack going up the first mountain ascent and he never looked back. Landis won the stage by 5:42 over the second place Carlos Sastre and 7:08 over racing leading Oscar Pereiro. With the 30 second time bonus that he achieved for winning the stage, Landis clawed his way from being 8:08 minutes back in 11th to just 30 seconds back in 3rd place. With just 3 stages left the Tour appears to be a 3 man race between Pererio, Sastre and Landis that will likely be settled Saturday in the individual time trial. When Landis had held the yellow jersey earlier in the Tour the French press had accused him of riding without any style. I wonder what they think of him now?