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Be watching here for an update of the prologue. The weather is dark, gray, and rain.  Roads are slick, as some have found:

12:54–Greg Lemond has a piece on the art of peaking, among other things.

1:01–the stats thus far:

1. Martin (HTC) 10:10
2. Thomas (SKY), at 0:13
3. Farrar (GRM), at 0:18
4. Leipheimer (RSH), at 0:18
5. Boasson Hagen (SKY), at 0:22
6. Bookwalter (BMC), at 0:25
7. Malori (LAM), at 0:25
8. Plaza (GCE), at 0:26
9. Klöden (RSH), at 0:26
10. Kiryienka (GCE), at 0:28

1:11–Janez Brajkovič is on the road now.  He is my dark hoarse to give Contador trouble in the mountains.

1:20–Andy Schleck just came through at 103. Not a good show.  Janez rode very well, and is in the top 10.

1:23–today riders are on special time-trial bikes, but on normal stages, they will be riding on bikes like HTC’s beautiful Scott:

1:30–Armstrong on the road.

1:32–Contador on the road.  He gets more cheers than Armstrong.

1:40–Armstrong comes in at 3rd place.  Fabu is smashing all, he’s in at #1 with 10 minutes.  And they call Fabu “Spartacus.”

1:42–Contador comes in at 6th. Armstrong beats Alberto.  Full post coming later today.

When it came right down to it, we all knew Fabian Cancellara would win today’s stage–it was well suited to him.  Today Fabu (that’s my preferred name for him, he is commonly known as “Spartacus”) resides in yellow, and he is going to try and keep it for as long as he can because he cannot win the overall.  It is quite possible that he will keep it for the better part of a week.

Despite Fabulous Fabu, the real story of the day was Armstrong drawing first blood on Contador, who was not happy with his 6th place finish.

Tomorrow is a cheeky stage, and an inattentive rider could get caught out when the cross winds rip into the peloton.  Riders will have to be on their toes tomorrow–that means you Contador (last year he was caught out in nearly the same scenario–and Armstrong put the screws to his former team member then).

Lance on his way to 3rd place today

Lance on his way to 3rd place today

The people in Rotterdamn love their bikes.  This is what a parking lot should look like. Photo:  VeloNews

The people in Rotterdamn love their bikes. This is what a parking lot should look like. Photo: VeloNews

No live blogging tomorrow.  Will have a post about the stage tomorrow sometime.

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