95th Tour de France - Stage 7 Live
50 kilometers into the stage as the peloton denies the breakaway attempts... six
Stage 7 Brioude - Aurillac, 158km
Welcome to stage 7 in the Tour de France from Brioude to Aurillac over 159 km.
During the stage the riders have to do six climbs namely:
11 km: Cat. 3
Côte de Fraisse, 4,5 km avg. gradient 4,4 %)
52 km: Cat. 4
Côte de Villedieu, 3,4 km - 4,4 %
101.5 km: Cat. 2
Col d'Entremont, 6,5 km - 4,7 %
117 km: Cat. 2 -
Pas de Peyrol (Puy Mary), 7,8 km - 6,2 %
150 km: Cat. 3 -Côte de Saint-Jean-de-Donne, 1,7 km - 9,9%
The first attack of the day came from Christophe Moreau (Agritubel) and
William Frischkorn (Garmin) right after the start but they were caught after 4
km of racing. They immediately got the first climb of 4,5 km
Côte de Fraisse. Millar took the points ahead of Casar and Moncoutie. After that
we saw lots of break attempts but without success.
A break of José Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse), Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas),
José Luis Arrieta (Ag2r), Jerome Pineau (Bouygues) et Arnaud Gérard (FDJ) didn't
get away despite a very strong attempt and a lead of 30 seconds. So the bunch is
still together after 36 km of racing.
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Credit Agricole is leading the pace in the bunch after 42 km of racing as the
first intermediate sprint comes in Saint-Flour. Hushovd to the front, he will
want to take the points there for the green jersey battle.
Kim Kirchen started the stage in the yellow jersey with a 6 seconds gap on
Evans and about 15 or 16 on Schumacher. Will it turn out to be stage for the GC
guys or for a break, can Columbia control the peloton? So far no breaks were
allowed to get away lets see if they lighten up after we get into the meat of
Robert Hunter (Barlotworld) takes the first intermediate sprint ahead of
Robbie McEwen and Thor Hushovd. We see new attacks in the bunch and they are on
the Cote de Villedieu now; Jens Voigt and Carlos Barredo and a couple of others
are trying to break away. The bunch is still not far behind, and the pace is
high. 800 mt to the top of the Villedieu.
1439 CEST - 107 km to go. We have five
leaders now. The five are Jens Voigt (CSC), Carlos Barredo (Quick Step), Xavier
Florencio (Bouygues), Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner) and David Millar (Garmin/Chipotle)
Voigt takes the points on the Villedieu as a rider of La Francaise bridges
across. It's Benoit Vaugrenard. He was in the break as well a day ago. The
six leaders have 20 seconds on the bunch now.
Team Columbia is leading the pace in the bunch now. David Millar is the best
ranked rider in front. He is 5th overall at 47 seconds of Kirchen. I don't think
Columbia will let these guys go; no need to call a war council on that
decision.. Gap up to 28 seconds. The peloton is in one line, with the wind in
favor for echelons. Fireworks, lots of action especially from Millar driving the
The ranks of the riders in the break in the GC:
5 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 0.47
27 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC - Saxo Bank 3.01
69 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 10.25
125 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 21.18
140 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telec
110 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner 19.21
The bunch has split into several parts yet but some groups are coming back
together in small group to chase; situation is fluid at the moment. Hincapie is
leading the pace in the bunch.
100 km and the gap 23 seconds - The gap
down to 15 seconds. The break doesn't get any space. Sivtsov and Hincapie
setting the pace at the front. 10 seconds the gap as there is a crash in the
bunch, luckily everyone is on his bike again and chasing. The bunch has split
due to the crash of course. Damiano Cunego was one of the victims in the crash
and has to chase with his team mates.
The group Cunego is the third group. Damn you would expect and easy stage,
but that's not what were getting; the attack has started an unseen series of
events. The group Cunego is back in the 2nd peloton. The gap between peloton 1
and 2 is 10 seconds. Caisse D'Epargne in the lead of the first peloton -Gap
again up to 26 seconds.
1456 CEST - 95 km to go. Team
Columbia again in the lead of bunch 1 but the 2nd bunch led by Euskaltel is
coming closer. So it seems that Zubeldia, Astarloza and/or Sanchez were victims
of the crash too. Millar seems to have a flat tire, as he is looking to his
tyres. The gap down to 20 seconds, 12 seconds,
the 2nd bunch is 25 seconds down.
The break is caught; Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse D'Epargne) attacks. CSC is now
riding in the first bunch. Sanchez isn't allowed to go either. Abandon Mauro
Facci (Quick Step) "Spartacus" Cancellara himself is setting the pace in the
bunch... Sanchez is caught.
The first pack is about 20 riders strong as lots of riders in the first bunch
dropped off the pack due to the wind and the pace. CSC is making a hard race of
it looking to put the hurt on a few of the competition. Evans is isolated,
Kirchen is in the first group too.
1506 CEST - In the first group we
can see almost the whole CSC team, Menchov, Kirchen, Evans, Freire, Pozzato,
Valjavec, Valverde, Lövkvist. The first group is extending the gap on the
others... should we start calling it a break of 20... We hopefully get some
attacks on the cat 2 climbs.
Evans, Cioni, Sastre, Cancellara, Voigt, Schleck, Schleck, Valverde, Pereiro,
Luis Sanchez, Kirchen, Lovkvist, Pozzato, Kreuziger, Nibali, Kohl, Menchov,
Freire, Cobo, Vandevelde, Millar and another rider in the break the gap is about
40 seconds... V aljavec is the unknown rider.
85 km to go - 500 meter to the second
intermediate sprint (Paulhac, 74km). Oscar Freire wins the second sprint ahead
of Kirchen and Voigt. That will improve Freire's green jersey chances. The gap
up to 45 seconds The break is 24 riders strong so we missed another two riders.
Lampre is leading the pace for Cunego in the second bunch. It will be a hard
day in the saddle for the GC guys who missed the break. Gustov and Vaugrenard
are the two missing riders in the break.
80 km to go. The 24 leaders have 45 seconds on a first bunch and 1.15 on a
second bunch. We expected an early and long break today. We didn't expect a
group with half the G.C. men to form in a large group in an escape. This isn't a
break it's a war for survival for those left behind.
It isn't just Damiano Cunego in danger; Stijn Devolder missed the break. From
the current top 10 in the GC we are missing the third Stefan Schumacher and the
9th Stijn Devolder. Riccardo Ricco is in front too. The break has 34 seconds on
the first chasing bunch. Quick step, Lampre and Euskaltel are setting the pace
in the chasing bunch on the group with the big guns. The action is hot and
furious and will be until the first Cat 2 climb
Col d'Entremont at 101 km.
1525 CEST - 30 seconds the gap now - The
third bunch already at 2.30 in 8 km they start the first 2nd cat 2 climb. If the
first chasing bunch isn't back by then it will become very difficult for them on
the climb. We forgot to mention that Lillian Jegou (FDJ) has abandoned the race
too after a crash. He crashed into a tree and prolly has broken his shoulder,
lets hope that's all it is.
It looks like Lampre is going to succeed in bringing Cunego back up front.
Gap down to 24 seconds. they are coming closer. 70 km to go and the gap down to
15 seconds, they are now in the feeding zone. The chasing bunch is coming
back... José Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse D'Epargne) is in the break and not Pereiro.
The gap stays 16 seconds.
Pereiro is up there too. So 4 riders of Caisse, in 2 km the first cat 2 climb
starts. The gap stays at 15 seconds, so guys like Cunego, Samuel Sanchez and
other GC guys in the chasing bunch have to bridge across alone on the climb...
unless they can bridge up before the climb. 10 seconds the gap, the chasing
bunch is back now two groups as we approach the
So we have a big bunch again in the lead just before the climb. The third
bunch over 2,30 down can forget it for today as they are not coming back
anymore. They are now on the Col d’Entremont - Josep Jufre (Saunier Duval) on
the attack Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse) bridges across; two leaders.
64 km to go - The two leaders are not
dangerous for the yellow jersey as they are over 14 minutes behind on Kirchen.
It also started to rain, another factor for an already exciting stage, more and
more riders in the counter attack like Flecha take their leave off the front.
The two in front have 23 seconds on the bunch led by the Columbia's again; in
the group we see Nibali, Dessel, De La Fuente, Clement and some others in the
counter but the bunch is not far behind 18 seconds the gap. We have 10 chasers
1542 CEST - Nibali and De La Fuente in
the chase now; the eight other chasers are chased down by the bunch. 4 km to the
top of the D'Entremont. The bunch seems to go a bit more easy now. 30 seconds
for Jufre and Luis Leon Sanchez. It looks like the peloton has issued a "no
break allowed" policy for today. Nibali and De La Fuente are 8 seconds
down on the break. Nibali has to do it alone as De la Fuente is a team mate of
Jufre; they close the gap and merge - four leaders.
1545 CEST - 60 km to go. So we have
Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse D'Epargne) and the Saunier
couple David de la Fuente and Josep Jufre in front. The bunch is 35 seconds
down. Columbia leads the pace in the bunch and it is going little easier now.
But what's easy on a climb?
Christophe Le Mevel (Credit Agricole) in the counter-attack on the four
escapees; the gap 43 seconds. For Columbia the pace is set by Marcus Burghardt,
Konstantin Sivstov and George Hincapie.
1 km to the top of the D'Entremont, De La Fuente takes the maximum points on
the D'Entremont ahead of Jufre and Luis Leon Sanchez. The bunch is on top of the
D'Entremont 1:19 down on the four leaders. The best ranked rider in the break is
The GC places:
28 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 3.01
88 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 13.59
116 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott 20.14
170 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott 28.55
With gaps this large, Columbia may let the group escape. Columbia with still
the same three guys working at the front followed by the jersey wearers Kirchen
(Yellow/Green) and Lövkvist (White).
54 km to go - The gap 1.30 Now officially
confirmed abandon Christophe Moreau (Agritubel).
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