Before going into battle, legend has it that Spartan mothers would send their sons off with this directive. Give it everything, be prepared to die trying. It seems that this year’s participants have taken this Spartan expression to heart.
With the podium wide open, the first stage of the Pyrenees played out like it was the only stage. Vinokourov paid dearly for his effort on Sunday. Cadel Evans rode until he could ride no more and came across the finish line on his shield. Alberto Contador was brilliant. Seeing someone that graceful on a mountain is something to behold.