In a stage that saw one Schleck brother gain time on his rivals, and the other crash out of the Tour, Lance Armstrong's results were mixed.
A late puncture on the last section of cobbles had Armstrong fighting to regain the ground he lost during his wheel change.
Contador was able to take nearly a minute off of Lance after the puncture, but then suffered his own malady on the final straight before the finish when he lost pressure in his rear tire, allowing his teammate to pull his group to the finish a full :20 ahead of him.
While the Big Viking from Norway, Thor Hushovd, won the sprint for victory, the true victors of the day were Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans who finished in the lead group and took back the time they had lost during their not so great prologues.
With Armstrong and Contador having difficulty, the two contenders pulled more than a minute clear of their rivals in what was a dramatic day in this years Tour de France.
The Winners- Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck, Thor Hushovd, Fabian Cancellara
The Losers- Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Frank Schleck, The Sprinters