One of my least favorite a-clowns, Riccardo Ricco, took today's hill top finish ahead of Valverde, Evans, Schleck, and Kirchen. I think Ricco means "big head" in Italian. What a nozzle. Team Columbia must be going crazy at about this time, having gotten the yellow jersey after Schumaker crashed and lost a bunch of time. I didn't know the same time rule didn't apply to climb finishes the same way it does on the flat stages. The "clean " teams seem to be in good shape and are getting some great results. They seem to be in the breaks, sprints, and now Kim Kirchen has the yellow jersey. I think this is just what the doctor ordered ( no pun intended ), and also what the ASO needed to validate their anti-doping stance. Even the French are getting some quality performances. I wonder how these guys are going to hold up in the big mountains. I think Cadel Evans will start to shine when it gets nasty steep.