Good day, bad day - stage 10

The loss of Kessler, an insect bite to Nardello's eye and Santiago Botero are giving T-Mobile cause

The loss of Kessler, an insect bite to Nardello's eye and Santiago Botero are giving T-Mobile cause
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE BAD DAY: T-Mobile and here's the three reasons: 1) Matthias Kessler finished his Tour in hospital in St Flour tonight after his heavy fall into a fence post on the descent of the Pas de Peyrol. Somehow he finished the stage, but is now out of the race with bad brusing and a broken rib. 2) Erik Zabel was led out to take the bunch sprint in St Flour (and some much-needed points) by Andreas Kloeden, yet couldn't get past his team-mate. Has the former green jersey winner still got what it takes? In the climbs maybe, but certainly not, so it seems, in the sprints. 3) Daniele Nardello was bitten by an insect on his eyelid. Shades of Jonathan Vaughters and the massive black eye that forced him out of the Tour. Add in Santiago Botero's poor showing so far and it's another blow to Ullrich's supporting cast... No marks, just condolences for their bad luck all around GOOD DAY: Lance Armstrong: The champion looked easy and assured on the climbs today and responded well to the accelerations in the finale, which bought him a few more seconds on Tyler Hamilton, Bobby Julich and Levi Leipheimer. There's only one man in it at the moment... Marks out of 10 - a vigilant eight Iban Mayo: Mechanical problems, bike changes, crashes and punctures have all plagued the flying Basque so far. But even though he had more of the same today on the slopes of the Pas de Peyrol, he rode back up through the bunch as if he had wings and then stuck on Armstrong's wheel in the frenetic finale. The Spanish media are convinced that he's "bluffing" and expect great things in the Pyrenees. We'll see about that... Marks out of 10 - a surprising seven Andreas Kloeden: Remember when this guy was going to be the next Ullrich after he won Paris-Nice? It seems a lifetime ago. Today, on the Pas de Peyrol, Kloeden at last got some pride back, riding shotgun to his team leader and then working hard for Zabel in the final few kilometres. Sterling work. Marks out of 10 - eight for showing character and resilience
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