Tour 2010: Stage 8

Le pauvre Chavanel: twice in a week he’s won a stage and claimed the maillot jaune; both times he’s lost it the next day. And there won’t be a third opportunity, now that the real contenders have declared war in earnest. All of France must have been hoping he could hold on and take the yellow jersey into tomorrow’s rest day, but the cycling gods were having none of it. Whether it’s passed to a worthier man remains to be seen.


They say yellow
Makes two men of you;

But the weight of fame
Woven into every fibre

Colluded with gravity
To drag him down

And leave him halved,
Broken like scree

On the slopes that
Just the day before

Had smiled on him
And now just laughed.

Station des Rousses-Morzine Avoriaz, 189km
Won by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
Maillot jaune: Cadel Evans (BMC)

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