Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) vowed that he would put Alberto Contador (Astana) off his back on the Col du Tourmalet, Schleck kept his word by winning stage 17 of the 2010 Tour de France.
Despite the hazy dump weather conditions, the two titans were seen clashing their way down on one of the Tour’s notorious mountains. Schleck and Contador were just 8 seconds apart in the general classification and to the delight of the excited crowd, the Luxemborg rider challenged Contador who followed him throughout the race. The defending champion Astana rider denied Schleck a glorious win by crossing the line tailing him at half a bike length to keep the yellow jersey.
Schleck did what he could to get Contador off his back to no avail. Both riders staged an attack against each other resulting to an exchange of riding expertise and maneuvers. The Luxembourg rider failed to leave Contador far off his shoulders. On Saturday, only an act of God could keep Contador for taking the overall win.
The controversial Monday race issues were settled and set aside. Andy Schleck won stage 17 while Alberto Contador kept the yellow jersey.
Coming at third was Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha Team, Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin-Transitions took fourth and Samuel Sanchez of Euskaltel-Euskadi finished fifth.