Great Tour for Discovery Channel, taking 1st overall, 3rd overall, the team competition, the white jersey, and two stage wins.
But it was an even better Tour for US frame manufacturers, who swept the jerseys and two of three podium places.
Discovery Channel was responsible for much of that success on Trek’s Madone and Equinox TTX frames, with Contador in yellow and white, Leipheimer in 3rd with a win in Stage 19’s time trial, and Yaroslav Popovych in 8th on the overall classification.
Interestingly, the team was for once a generation behind what you’ll be able to buy this fall: Trek’s new OCLV Red/’08 Madone 6.9 frames won’t be available to the team before the end of the racing season, so the team mostly raced on rebadged Madone 5.2 frames.
Quick Step’s Tom Boonen finally won his 1st green jersey (and two stages), and he did it on a carbon Tarmac SL2.
And the biggest surprise of the Tour was probably King of the Mountains Mauricio Soler, who rocked the Tour’s climbs on Cannondale’s System Six/Super Six. Cannondale also got stage wins from Filippo Pozzato of Liquigas, Robbie Hunter of Barloworld, and Soler.