97th Tour de France - Stage 7
Vive la France! Sylvain Chavanel takes heroic solo
Victory and reclaims his yellow jersey on the Côte de Lamoura - Spanish
climber Footon's Raphael Valls impresses again,
Jersey Leaders Stage 7
Fabian Cancellara Saxo Bank
Maillot Vert: Thor Hushovd Cervello TestTeam
Pineau Quick Step
Geraint Thomas Team SKY
Team: Saxo Bank
Saturday 10 July
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Sylvain Chavanel attacked on the final climb of the Côte de Lamoura with 17 km
to go in an another epic performance to take the stage victory solo. Once again
the French rider gave his compatriots reason to be proud and drink champagne
Sylvain Chavanel punches the air in celebration Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
During Chavanel courageous raid he caught and passed Danilo Hondo
(Lampre/Farnese Vini); driving ahead the rider thundered up the climb and soon
had his Quick Step team mate Jerome Pineau in sight at 14.5 kilometers from the
finish. Pineau who had dropped his 4 breakaway companions of the day after
claiming the max points over each of the preceding six climbs had finished his
job of defending his climbers jersey.
Their happy meeting was short lived as the baton was passed to Chavanel, who
once again attacked the climb again cross the sumit and fnish to the cheers of
his countrymen and cross the line punching the air knowing he had reclaimed his
lead of the tour. For Chavanel it is his second daring solo victory in this tour
and his third stage win in the grand boucle.
Nothing could be sweeter than punching the air as he crossed the line looking
forward to receiving the maillot jaune from Bernard Hinault on the podium in
French Champion Thomas Voeckler leads Daniel Moreno and Mathieu on the chase for
Chavanel and Valls Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Behind the peloton was scattered across the mountain slopes with French Champion
Thomas Voekler leading a chase group of 5 only 44 seconds behind with the
yelow jersey group on the chase at 3 minutes.
Behind the Chavanel, Footon/Servetto's Raphael Valls attacked with 11 km to go
closing to 19 seconds on the Frenchman, but that would be as close as he would
come to the Quick Step rider... Valls continued his tour debut, impressing at
the finish only 57 seconds back. A late attack by Rabobank's Juan Manuel
Garate jumped past the Voekler group on the hunt for Valls but came up short to
finish 1:27 on Chava.
Thomas Voekler led the favorites group to the finish for 4th place at 1:40 with
Caisse d'Epargnes Matthieu Perget 5th; the group included all the favorites
Cadel is now in second place on the G.C. 1:23 off the yellow jersey with
Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin/Transitions) in third... Hesjedal has been a
consistent performer in the grand tours so we shouldn't be surprised by his
position only 132 off the race leaders pace.
Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck is fourth at 1:55, also slipped into the white jersey
of Best Young Rider after Geraint Thomas (SKY) faltered on the final climb to
finish 58th, losing over 5 minutes in the final 10 km.
Astana duo Alexandre Vinokourov and Alberto Contador are in 5th and 6th just
over 2 minutes off Chavanel's pace. The Astana team put in a strong showing on
the climb setting a pace that split the peloton - the team took the overall team
Maillot Jaune, Fabian Cancellara finished down 14 minutes with team mate Jens
Voigt after a tough but courageous day fighting to keep his yellow jersey.
Spartacus will now shift gears to support of team leader,Andy Shcleck for the
Raphael Valls on the attack Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
If you read the daily peloton, the name Rafael Valls will sound familiar; you
might recall the 23 year old Castilian climber impressed in his pro debut in in
January at the Argentine
Tour de San
Luis making quite a splash leading the race for three days, finishing third
on the GC to Vincenzo Nibali and winning the climbers jersey... quite a good
start for the neo pro... well, it only gets better for the youngster with this
impressive showing today. Valls also came second to Linus Gerdemann in
February at the Mallorca Challenge stage 2
where he also took the KOM.
A beaming 'Chava' in the yellow jersey Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
More detailed report below
Results Stage 7
Tournus - Station des Rousses
165.5 km - 4:22:52 - 37.8 km/h
1 Chavanel Sylvain Quick Step 4:22:52
2 Valls Ferri Rafael Footon-Servetto - 00:57
3 Garate Juan Manuel Rabobank - 01:27
4 Voeckler Thomas Bbox Bouygues Telecom
5 Perget Mathieu Caisse D’epargne - 01:40
6 Moreno Fernandez Daniel Omega Pharma - Lotto - 01:40
7 Fedrigo Pierrick Bbox Bouygues Telecom - 01:47
8 Hesjedal Ryder Garmin - Transitions - 01:47
9 Plaza Molina Ruben Caisse D’epargne - 01:47
10 Capecchi Eros Footon-Servetto - 01:47
84 Cancellara Fabian Team Saxo Bank - 14:12Maillot
The 'Laughing group' with the sprinters came in at 22:16.
General Classification After Stage 7
1380.4 Km - 33:01:23
1 Chavanel Sylvain Quick Step 33:01:23
2 Evans Cadel BMC Racing Team - 01:25
3 Hesjedal Ryder Garmin - Transitions - 01:32
4 Schleck Andy Team Saxo Bank - 01:55
5 Vinokourov Alexandre Astana - 02:17
6 Contador Alberto Astana - 02:26
7 Van Den Broeck Jurgen Omega Pharma - Lotto - 02:28
8 Roche Nicolas Ag2r La Mondiale - 02:28
9 Van Summeren Johan Garmin - Transitions - 02:33
10 Menchov Denis Rabobank - 02:35
General Classifications After Stage 7
Graphic © 2010
Tour de France
Stage 7 Tournus - Station des Rousses 165.5 km
The stage was animated by a group of 5 who attacked at 3 kilometers on the
initiative of German Champion Christian Knees (Team Milram) and joined by king
of the mountain leader, Jerome Pineau out to defend his jersey, Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Lampre/Farnese
Vini sprinter Danilo Hondo and orange warrior Perez Moreno of Euskaltel/Euskadi.
After 9 km on the attack the quintet had over a minute on the peloton that was
only interested in chasing down attempts to bridge to the adventurers. The gap
grew quickly, ten minutes after the escape the five had over 4 minutes on the
at the first sprint i Cormoz Danilo Hondo led, Sam Dumoulin and Ruben Perez
through the sprint with a six minute gap after only 30 kilometers of the days
Behind Saxo Bank's Stuart O’Grady set the pace followed by a few Francaise des
Jeux and Bbox riders; having missed the break it looked like the two teams were
looking for an opportunity to chance an attack, but O'Grady's presecence ont the
front it was going to happen.
The gap soon rose nearing the 9 minute markas the first hour of the race passed
as Lampre's Danilo Hondo once again led through the second sprint in Saint
Amour at 44 kilometers followed by Knees and Ruben Perez... 5 set a current
fastest first hour that averaged 45.8km/h.
Quick Stepper Jerome Pineau added to his point count over the first climb the
cote de l’Aubepin.followed by Milram's Christian Knees, Euskaltel's Ruben
Perez Moreno Cofidis sprinter Samuel Dumoulin. Meanwhile it was the Bbox team's
Yukiya Arashiro and Anthony Charteau putting pressure on the front of the
peloton closing the gap to 7:45 as the Quintet started climbing the cote de
Jerome Pineau stayed on target to keep his climbers jersey, once
again took the max points on the climb followed by Ruben Perez Moreno and Samuel
The peloton followed at 7 minutes, as our leaders started the third climb;
Arashiro and Charteau were joined by Thomas Voeckler on the front
The peloton followed over the summit of the cote d’Arinthod. at six minutes with
80 km to go - King of the Mountain leader led Perez, Dumolin and Hondo taking
the points. the Bbox trio continued to lead the chase.
The chase cut the gap to 5:30 as they started the climb of the Category 2,
Barrage de Vouglains climb. over the summit Quick Step's Pineau added to his
lead in the climbing competition with virtual leader Milram's Christian Knees
second and Euskaltels Ruben Perez, Cofidis Dumulin and Danilo Hondo passing the
summit in that order. The gap fell to 4:55 as the riders started the
The peloton paced over the summit by Anthony Charteau (Bbox) with Cavendish and
Mark Renshaw missing the roll call after being put into trouble on the
climb... the gap was 4:10 as the chase crossed the summit with 60 km and two
cat. 2 climbs to come. Our leaders continued to work well together knowing the
gap needed to expand if they hoped to win the day doubling their efforts.
Lampre's Danilo Hondo led through the last hot sprint in Molinges followed by
Christian Knees , and Ruben Perez taking the points on offer - with 47 km
remaining the quintet started the penultimate climb of the day with a 3:45 gap
on the peloton.
Behind the peloton started the climb and the attacks battered the front... with
Bbox launching an attack of three with Thomas Voeckler launching off the front
40 km to go Jerome Pineau led the break, with 42 seconds on the
Thomas Voeckler (Bbox) group and 1:17 over the peloton. Fabian Cancellara
was off the back fighting to regain the second group.
37 km to go - Cyril Gautier leads the chase, Ivan Guttierez attacked the
peloton which is at 1:00, Cancellara off the back at1:30.Geraint Thomas the virtual yellow
jersey as Lampre's Cunego bridges to and joins the break. Cancellara stops at
the team car for drinks and regains the peloton in an amazing comeback returned
to the back of the peloton.
Knees and Dumoulin were dropped, three leaders Pineau, Perez and Hondo. Pineau
upped the pace and Perez went out the back door pedaling squares. With
34 km to go there was 1:19 gap to the shrinking yellow jersey group.
Chavanel attacks and joined the Voeckler gruppo of seven riders... Pineau led
with 2 km to the summit Cancellara went off the back and had plenty of company at
2:01. Chavanel was climbing like a madman catching and passing the former
leaders on his way to the summit.
Jérôme Pineau led Danilo Hondo over the summit of the Col De La Croix De La
Serra they were followed by Pineau's Quick Step team mate, Chavanel
leading Thomas Voeckler, Caisse d'Epargne's Mathieu Perget and Damiano Cunego.
Behind the peloton had shattered with a group of about 48 of the favorites and
their domestiques at over 4 minutes... Cancellara at 2:30 and losing
Pineau and Hondo start the descent 25 km to go; Cunego led
the chase in the second group. At
20 km to go Sylvain Chavanel became the virtual leader following the
first chase group at 51 seconds, the second with Radio
Shack led the chase on the front with Astana in attendance at 2 minutes. Chavanel
spots his chance and descended with Gerdemann like to eagles closing on
With 20 km to go Hondo led Pineau on the final climb Chavanel at 50 seconds,
Voeckler at a minute and the second chase group at 3 minutes. Chavanel closing
fast on team mate Pineau and Hondo, the Voeckler group at
44 seconds with the favorites group at 3:00. Captain America, George Hincapie
led the chase. Cancellara at over 4 minutes.
17 km to go Chavanel had opened a gap and caught and passed Hondo, 42 seconds to Pineau,
Voeckler group a few seconds later; Hincapie comes to the front to lead Evans
Cunego attacks the Voeckler group and goes it alone.
With 15 to go Astna's Vinokourov comes to the front and pressures the favorites
group with Armstrong, Sastre, Evans, Contador. Up front Cavanel catches team
mate Pineau a look and hello... Pineau is at his limit, and Chavanel goes away
on his own out of the saddle looking for every second he can get by the finish.
At 13 km Cunego and rejoin catch and drop Pineau only 24 seconds off
Chavanel. Astana pressures the chase group as more riders go out that back.
Footon Servetto's Rafael Valls attack has caught Voeckler and Cunego and flew by
the group defying gravity he closes to 19 seconds on Chavanel.
At 11 km to go,. 4 Astana riders on the front Armstrong isolated,
Geraint Thomas cracks and goes out the back. Wiggins, Basso and Kreuziger in the
Astana led group. Voeckler group at 45 Footon Servetto Rafael Valls continued to
chase Chavanel but losing ground to 34 seconds on Chavanel - Cancellara at 5:35 climbs with
Jens Voigt and Matti Breshel.
With 8 km to go it was clear thatChavanel would be in Yellow tonight -
Leipheimer rejoins the chase in the leaders group to support Armstrong;
Contador, Menchov and Sastre are all in the front group - eyeing each other,
looking for weaknesses.
Leipheimer and Armstrong lead the chase, ahead Valls chases, Chavanel leads
Voecklers group is in between at a minute behind the 4 groups its mayhem on the
mountain with single riders and small groups fighting gravity... with a laughing
group forming at 8 minutes back.
Chavanel had a resolute face of pain set on the mission for the yellow jersey;
behind Valls climbs strongly transfixed on the road ahead. Roelandts leads the
favorites group now 35 or so riders... Pineau is caught by the group with
5 km to go Valls is climbing hard to Chavanel who twists his face into pain
climbs strongly on the front
Jurgen Roelandts leads the chase of the 20 something group Pineau is swept up.
Chavanel goes over the summit only 2 km to go, Valls followed at 54 seconds,
Garate on the attack is next followed by , Voekler,Moreno and Perget take the
points then Cunego. following at 1:40 the chasers about half a minute back
- Chavanel is welcomed with by a roar of a thousand fans as he hits the
barriers near the finish.
1 km to go for the popular French rider, he deserves the cheers it's a classy, elegant ride; Chavanel is in sight of the finish
- 500 meters. He's out of the saddle, notcomplacency, every second counts now
and he crosses the line punching the air, kissing the jersey. Bravo Bravo, Chapeaux! -
a Stage win and the yellow jersey.
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