And after riding in the breakaway for the entire stage he missed getting it by 5 seconds because Team Astana and Team Garmin decided to chase him and close the gap up some.
In his interview after the stage he was dejected, disappointed, heartbroken, wouldn't look at the camera, and seemed royally pissed off at Lance as he not-so-subtly talked about how he couldn't understand why his former teammates and supposed friends would chase him down and deprive him of a day in yellow, when they had nothing to lose if he did take the lead for a day or two.
Overall Standings for today:
1. Rinaldo Nocentini + 00:00:00
2. George Hincapie + 00:00:05
3. Alberto Contador + 00:00:06
4. Lance Armstrong + 00:00:08