Leipheimer definitely got a hearty push and deserved a penalty for it. Hopefully, the officials will be consistent in their application of penalties because I guarantee when the Tour hits the pyrennees, every Basque rider in the race will receive a big push from the legions of orange-clad zealots lining the road. Watching the Tours the last several years I was struck by the number of German fans pushing Ullrich up the hill and never once saw anyone give Armstrong a boost.
Moreau is definitely on some good form this year. He was dominant in the Dauphine Libere and has maintained fine form at the Tour. He's pretty old to be riding like that, but it certainly is not impossible without some corrupt form of assistance. As someone said, part of it may be that he seems stronger relative to his competition. For all his strength he still couldn't drop those second-raters on the climb. Were he up against Armstrong-Basso-Ullrich, et al., he would have been dusted. I hope he's riding clean, but with his checkered past, who's to know?
Bob Roll says a lot of crazy things especially with respect to lactic acid. That's the first I've heard of anyone doing really strenuous riding on rest days. If riding really hard on the rest days make you stronger, why wouldn't guys hammer every day to keep getting stronger and stronger. It doesn't make much sense to me.
I'm a little skeptical that this year's race is as slow as everyone seems to think. Sure, there was one really slow stage, but compared to last year at the same time (8 stages + prologue completed), you might be surprised. 2006 and 2007 both had short prologues. 2006 had an early ITT, but the rest of the stages were mainly flat. By contrast, in 2007, the Tour has already gone over 4 category 1 climbs, which slows them down considerably. Despite going over much harsher terrain this year, the leader's speed after 8 stages is 39.2kph compared to 42.6kph for last year's leader after 8 stages.
Poor Stuart O'Grady, he really was messed up in his crash. He broke 8 ribs, a collar bone, and a shoulder.