Rabobank rider, Denis Menchov, just quit the race with 100 kilometers to go. Today is stage 17 from Pau to Castelsarrasin, 188.5 km. Denis was no. 23 in the Tour and had been doing a very good job helping Michael Rasmussen keep the yellow jersey.
At the end of the stage, Contador got the yellow jersey, Tom Boonen got the green jersey. I am not comfortable about him at all (see previous post). Greg LeMond says there are still dopers in the peloton:
LeMond insisted that the riders know very well who dopes and who doesn’t, suggesting that “it’s obvious there are still dopers in the peloton.” He explained that Contador weighs the same as Rasmussen, and both climbed at the same speed as Pantani. “That’s sufficient for the red flag to come up.” He also reminded us that Contador’s name came up in connection with OperaciÃ³n Puerto, but was cleared after the 2006 Tour. “I am not pointing the finger at him [Contador]. I am simply saying if Rasmussen got caught then we also need to have a very close look at his competitors.”
Read more at Cycling News.