Stages 4 and 5 did not offer dramatic terrain, but there was some drama nonetheless. Stage 5 was a messy one, with a number of crashes, including one for reigning Tour champion Alberto Contador.
Team Leopard Trek's strategy seems to be in their name: a leopard, waiting to attack. To date, they have been a bit aggressive, being sure to remain near the front; protective, with designated riders covering the team leaders (Frank and Andy Schleck); and cautious, avoiding the larger crashes and paying strict attention to road and environmental conditions.
Bravo, Leopard Trek.
The Tour will become a bit more interesting next week, when we begin to see some variation in topography and begin to consider the Pyrenees. The sprinters, who are performing more favorably now, will begin to fade rather soon, unless there is a powerhouse among them who can handle the arduous mountains...