This post comes on the second "rest day" of the Tour. The stages in the Pyrenees have concluded, and team Leopard Trek stand in first place of the overall team standings, with brothers Frank and Andy Schleck holding positions in the Top 10 of the General Classification (Frank in second place, 1 minute and 49 seconds behind the leader, Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, and Andy in fourth place, 2 minutes and 15 seconds behind Voeckler).
Leopard Trek gave a press conference earlier today. Frank shared their strategy for the Pyrenees; basically, it was to gain time on certain individuals who normally show strength in the mountains: Basso, Contador, and Evans. Frank gained good time, while Andy gained less (but gained, regardless).
After a couple of "transition" stages, the Tour will arrive in the Alps this week, beginning with an "introduction to the Alps" on Tuesday, meaning that the course will have some gradients, but nothing too severe. The severe ones, the "high mountain" days come on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Leopard Trek members reconnoitered these Alpine stages somewhat recently, and believe that their team has the best composition to handle these demanding, sometimes excruciating, stages.
By Friday, we should have a pretty good delineation of the General Classification, with only two stages remaining: an individual time trial in Grenoble, followed by the perfunctory final stage into Paris and up-and-down the Champs-Elysees.
If Leopard Trek's strategy is to attack in the Alps, then they can gain some serious time against the other contenders and solidify their team's first-place standing, hopefully placing both Schleck brothers on the podium in Paris -- and perhaps one of them wearing the mailot jaune.