TBL Trek Tour de France Update for July 17, 2013

While Team RadioShack-Leopard has struggled in the Tour as individual riders, the team is now neck-and-neck with Alberto Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff squad in the prestigious Overall Team Classification after Wednesday’s 17th individual time trial stage. With just four stages left, the Trek-riders are only 82 seconds behind Saxo-Tinkoff in the team standings. Andy Schleck looks to be gaining strength, finishing 15th in the ITT, just 2.27 minutes behind stage winner and yellow jersey Chris Froome.

But there are still some great challenges ahead, especially todays 175 km mountain stage that climbs the daunting l’Alpe d’Huez twice, followed by a 204 km leg-killing stage on Friday from the village of Bourg-d’Osians (at the foot of l’Alpe de Huez) to the ski resort of Le Grande Bornand.

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