Tour De France; Lance The New Leader Of Astana?

Don FishCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

MONACO - JULY 02:  Astana Team members (L to R) Johan Bruyneel, Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong attend the Official Team Presentation for 2009 Tour de France on July 2, 2009 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Stage Four of the Tour de France has given the cycling world, and especially casual fans, just what they wanted.  Team Astana won the time trial and Lance Armstrong came up just short of wearing that yellow jersey that he is so familiar with. 

Armstrong holds second place overall, only tenths of a second behind Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland.

Teammates of Armstrong were interviewed last night on the Versus channel and showed some irritation that Armstrong is the one everyone is talking about.  Armstrong was supposed to play a supporting role to team leader Alberto Contador.  However, Armstrong seems to have issues with that and the last couple of days has shown that Armstrong is in it to win it. 

This Tour de France at this point seems more interesting than any in recent history.  I'll keep you posted on Stage Five and any updates that come out of Armstrongs push to take over leadership of the Astana team.