Travesity sur la porte de Balès
SRAM now dictating use of SRAM Red's Special Edition Yellow components at TdF. After tiring of Andy Schleck's parade in the yellow jersey, SRAM installed a triple front derailleur on Andy's bike without the requisite triple crank. Andy was unaware of the change on Stage 15, until 2km to go on the critical summit of Porte de Balès. Andy drops his chain due to component mis-match and Alberto, who had been seemingly tipped off by the SRAM goon squad, attacked to distance himself from Andy. The effect was Alberto gained back enough time to go ahead of Andy on General Classification and will start stage 16 with SRAM Red's Special Edition Yellow components.