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Discovery's Leipheimer still in the Tour game

Updated: July 16, 2007, 11:56 AM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

TIGNES, France -- It was clear from the time the Tour de France route was announced last October that the most difficult part was backloaded onto the last third of the race. Both long individual time trials and two brutal uphill finishes in the Pyrenees take place in the nine-day stretch beginning July 21.

We just didn't know how backloaded the race was until Sunday. The climb to Tignes, the only stage in the Alps that looked as if it could create some time gaps and sort the Wheaties ...

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