95th Tour de France - Stage 7 Live Part
50 km to go... Over the Col d'Entremont and we finally have a group of 4
away with a 1:50 gap... Team Columbia leads the chase
Stage 7 Brioude - Aurillac, 158km
1600 CEST - 50 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 on the descent of the
Col d'Entremont, The chase follows at 1:51
Another abandon John Gadret (Ag2r) the French rider has had stomach problems
for a few days. The last bunch in the race with amongst others Chavanel and
Gilbert are already 7.00 down.
Ciolek is up there too to help his Columbia team mates in front of the bunch.
It's amazing to see a sprinter/climber, a type like Zabel, up there after the
work he's done in the beginning of the stage. Christophe Le Mevel is now caught.
we almost forgot he was still riding between the four and the bunch.
They are now on the Pas de Peyrol (cat 2). 7,5 km to the top. Stuart O'Grady
(CSC) drops off the back... tries to hang on, O'Grady is a tough guy and tries
to hang on... he dances holding on, falling off and finally reluctantly is
dropped off the back.
A quick look at the riders in our break: Vincenzo 'Shark' Nibali (Liquigas)
was 11th in the Giro D'Italia this year. He also won also the Giro del Trentino
previous to the Giro. Luis Leon Sanchez won a stage in Paris-Nice and is the
Spanish National TT Champion. Jufre was fourth in the Volta a Catalunya this
year, but is a great helper in the mountains for his team. And De La Fuente is
an aggressive rider who likes to go in breaks. Last year he was the most
aggressive rider in the Tour.
1612 CEST - Three Columbia riders lead
the chase, Damiano Cunego is fourth wheel; no doubt determined not to be
separated again. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) attacks out of the bunch. Is he
opening the path for Samuel Sanchez? as Sanchez is a master descender... and the
finish is after a descent.
45 km to go - The four leaders in front
have 2.00 on the bunch. Nibali is still 1.00 down on Kirchen in the virtual
overall ranking. Mikel Astarloza is coming fast 1.25 down now on the leaders, 2
km to the top of the Peyrol. De Pas Peyrol is also called the Puy Mary. As De La
Fuente can take the max points here too, the effort will bring him closer
to winning the battle for the polka dot jersey.
Astarloza is now 1.00 down on the break. The bunch is 1.35 down. The riders
are ascending into the clouds hanging on the summit. As the slopes of the Puy
Mary are getting steeper with 1,5 km to the top. 1 km to the summit of the Puy
Mary. Astarloza is closing in on the lead group, now only 50 seconds down on the
break. Samuel Sanchez moving up as they are near the top. Is he going to attack
on the descent?
With this exciting stage, lots of action and fast pace the riders will sleep
very well tonight. Tomorrow they can hopefully rest as there is another
sprinters stage. On Sunday we have the first Pyrenees stage with the Cat 1
climbs of the Peyresourde and the D'Aspin.
De La Fuente takes the max points on the Puy Mary and has now 24 points for
the KOM ranking. Jufre second and Sanchez third. Astarloza is over in fifth
place 50 seconds down.
40 km to go. The bunch is on top 1.30
down and now on the descent of the Puy Mary. The gap of the four on the bunch is
down to 1.14, maybe we will get a sprint in Aurillac. The descent is slippery as
the roads are wet. De La Fuente almost crashed and had to correct himself so he
didn't crash... De La Fuente is off the break after getting the .... scared out
of him. Crash Vansummeren (Silence) in the bunch in the descent of the Puy Mary
but he is up and riding again.
30 km to go. The tough parts of the
descent are over as De La Fuente comes back in front. Four leaders again. The
bunch is 1.25 down. The gruppo with Chavanel is 11.00 down already. Astarloza is
42 seconds down. In the lead of the bunch Sivtsov is still doing the work for
Columbia, Sivtsov seems to indefatigable today.
25 km to go as the gap is down to 1.15
again, and still one tough climb of the 3rd cat. to come; a climb of almost 2 km
but an average of over 9%
1650 CEST - 22 km to go. Mikel Astarloza
(Euskaltel) has been caught in the meantime. So we still have De La Fuente,
Jufre, Luis L. Sanchez and Nibali in front with 1.05 on the bunch; in about 8 a
9 km they will enter the Côte de Saint-Jean-de-Donne. The gap yoyo's at around a
Sivtsov gets help from Euskaltel in the chase. Popovych joins the effort on
the front - 18 km to go. 3 orange warriors of Euskaltel lead the peloton, the
gap falls to 54 seconds.
15 km to go. CSC comes to the front too with Sastre... the odds on the four
are growing that they won't beat the chase of 50 riders to Aurillac. gap falls
to 40 seconds.
They just have passed the final intermediate sprint,
Saint-Simon, 148km Jufre is the first through. 11 km to go the quartet are now
on the Côte de Saint-Jean-de-Donne 35 seconds the gap.
10 km to go, 25 seconds - we also have
Hushovd and Freire in the bunch if it turns out in a sprint. 1 km to the top
Attack Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner)!! Pereiro in his wheel. Kreuziger
bridges across too. Piepoli bridges across too - 4 chasers. De La Fuente attacks
in front 9 km to go. The bunch has caught the chasers; Oscar Pereiro goes on
alone. Nibali, Luis Leon Sanchez and Jufre are caught now too...
De La Fuente alone in front. De la Fuente is first on top of the Côte de
Saint-Jean-de-Donne and takes over the KOM jersey of Chavanel if our calculation
is correct. The bunch is 12 seconds down on De la Fuente. De La Fuente is
8 km to go, Caisse D'Epargne takes the
lead... Kim Kirchen is up there too, Evans and other GC guys too. 7 km to go,
not sure who missed the break now of the GC guys, Samuel Sanchez takes the lead
in the descent. Cunego seems to have missed the break again. The lead group is
strung out in a long line behind Sammy Sanchez staying close.
5 km to go, Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse) in
the attack again, it's his 4th attempt amazing!! 4 km to go Stefan Schumacher in
the counter-attack, but he can't get away
3 km to go - Luis Leon Sanchez to win his most beautiful win in his career?
It looks like he will. Sanchez has 15 seconds.
2 km to go... Liquigas leads the pace in the bunch as Pozzato is up there
Vittoria Luis Leon Sanchez!!! Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Final kilometer - 500 mt... Sanchez is going to win it 300 mt... 100 mt... and the
winner of the 7th stage is Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse D'Epargne)
Luis Leon Sanchez Wins!!!
Sanchez continues his celebration over the line. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
A roar goes up from the crowd as the sprint of the chasers for 2nd place
is won by Stefan Schumacher. Kim Kirchen who finished in third or fourth keeps
the yellow jersey. Good show of aggressiveness by Schumi... I don't think we can
count him out of the war for the yellow jersey at this point.
Schumacher and Pozatto second and third; yellow jersey Kirchen in for fourth. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
First results top ten: 1.Luis Leon Sanchez,
7. Samuel Sanchez,
10. A. Schleck.
Caisse D'Epargne for sure wins the teams classification today as Luis Leon
sanchez also takes the prize of the most aggressive rider of today's stage. After
the finish Luis Leon Sanchez gets a big hug from his best friends Valverde and
Pereiro. What a great team effort today. Small groups continue to come in. Nice
to see Vandevelde's name there the Garmin/Chipotle rider is riding well and
consistently so far.
Dos Amigos, Alejandro Valverde and Oscar Pereiro 5th and 6th congratulate each
other on their young apprentice Luis Leon Sanchez's win. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Stage 7 Brioude - Aurillac, 158km Result top 20
1. Sanchez Luis-Leon 39 Caisse D’epargne 3h 52' 53"
2. Schumacher Stefan 111 Gerolsteiner 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
3. Pozzato Filippo 61 Liquigas 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
4. Kirchen Kim 41 Team Columbia 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
5. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
6. Pereiro Sio Oscar 37 Caisse D’epargne 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
7. Sanchez Samuel 27 Euskaltel - Euskadi 3h 52' 59"
8. Jufre Pou Josep 177 Saunier Duval - Scott 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
9. Vandevelde Christian 191 Garmin Chipotle 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
10. Schleck Andy 16 Team Csc Saxo Bank 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
11. Cobo Acebo Juan Jose 173 Saunier Duval - Scott 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
12. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
13. Ricco Riccardo 171 Saunier Duval - Scott 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
14. Carrara Matteo 93 Quick Step 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
15. Menchov Denis 131 Rabobank 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
16. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
17. Devolder Stijn 91 Quick Step 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
18. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
19. Valjavec Tadej 109 Ag2r-La Mondiale 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
20. Kohl Bernhard 115 Gerolsteiner 3h 52' 59" - 00' 06"
23 riders were in the first bunch also Nibali, Kreuziger and Piepoli, Hushovd
won the sprint of the second bunch for rank 24 at 33 seconds. in this group the
GC riders Lövkvist, Astarloza, Beltran, Cunego, Zubeldia and Millar.
Despite Lövkvist losing some seconds he keeps the white jersey
The new overall ranking (provisional)
1. Kirchen Kim 41 Team Columbia 28h 23' 40"
2. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 28h 23' 46" - 00' 06"
3. Schumacher Stefan 111 Gerolsteiner 28h 23' 56" - 00' 16"
4. Vandevelde Christian 191 Garmin Chipotle 28h 24' 24" - 00' 44"
5. Menchov Denis 131 Rabobank 28h 24' 43" - 01' 03"
6. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 28h 24' 52" - 01' 12"
7. Millar David 198 Garmin Chipotle 28h 24' 54" - 01' 14"
8. Devolder Stijn 91 Quick Step 28h 25' 01" - 01' 21"
9. Pereiro Sio Oscar 37 Caisse D’epargne 28h 25' 01" - 01' 21"
10. Lövkvist Thomas 48 Team Columbia 28h 25' 01" - 01' 21"
11. Sanchez Samuel 27 Euskaltel - Euskadi 28h 25' 07" - 01' 27"
12. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 28h 25' 14" - 01' 34"
13. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 28h 25' 36" - 01' 56"
14. Schleck Andy 16 Team Csc Saxo Bank 28h 25' 38" - 01' 58"
15. Kohl Bernhard 115 Gerolsteiner 28h 25' 43" - 02' 03"
16. Monfort Maxime 189 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone 28h 25' 47" - 02' 07"
17. Cunego Damiano 71 Lampre 28h 25' 49" - 02' 09"
18. Astarloza Mikel 22 Euskaltel - Euskadi 28h 25' 56" - 02' 16"
19. Valjavec Tadej 109 Ag2r-La Mondiale 28h 25' 59" - 02' 19"
20. Kreuziger Roman 65 Liquigas 28h 26' 00" - 02' 20"
The Jerseys After Stage 7:
Yellow: Kim Kirchen (Columbia)
Green: Kim Kirchen (Columbia)
White: Thomas Lövkvist (Columbia)
Polka dot: David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval)
Columbia almost takes it all, Hushvod should wear green tomorrow as he is
second in the points classification. Whoops that will be Rabobank's popular
Oscar Freire riding in the Maillot Vert tomorrow. Kirchen has a 27 point lead on
Freire with Hushvod one point deficit. Kirchen is determined to keep the green
jersey if he can.
Thanks for joining us for the live coverage of stage 7. This concludes our
coverage, thanks to Bart Hazen in Holland who called the race action today. We
welcome you all back for tomorrows 8th stage from Figeac to Toulouse over
172.5km. This stage suits the sprinters; but a break could succeed. The last
time the race finished in Toulouse was in 2004 when Juan Antonio Flecha won the
stage beating his break companions. Flecha was riding for Ibanesto.com back
The stage has 4 climbs, although in the scope of a professional riders skills
they are simply big hills to overcome although they look monstrous on the stage
profile. Something else again for most of us who ride. We are entering the
second week of the tour tomorrow and you can read Nick Bulls preview and
predictions for the
stages here. Stay tuned for complete results and photos.
Have a great day and get out and ride.
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