Mark Cavendish has his second win of the Tour de France beating Alessandro Petacchi and Andre Greipel on the seventh stage of the race. Today’s stage looked to be straight forward, as it was flat as a pancake and 218km. As is always the case on flat stages, when it looks like it will be uneventful, it’s quite the opposite.
Again, perhaps the biggest news of the day were the crashes. Bradley Wiggins is out of the Tour de France with what seems to be a broken collar bone. Chris Horner crashed as well, and got back on the bike and finished with the second group who were delayed by the crash. That second group, which was delayed by the crash finished 3’05” back and contained Ryder Hesjedal, Levi Leipheimer, Roman Krueziger and the aforementioned Horner. Unfortunately, for those four, the possibilities of a podium finish seem highly unlikely. Tom Boonen, who reportedly has a concussion has withdrawn from the Tour mid-stage as well, as he complained about headaches and being dizzy during the first half of today’s ride.
Tomorrow, for those who are surviving the Tour, it’s an interesting finish with a short but step climb up Super-besse to finish the stage. The GC implication will be huge, let’s hope they keep the rubber down.
Stage 7 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (HTC)__________(45)_____5h38’53”
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)____(35)
3. Andre Greipel (Lotto)____________(30)
4. Romain Feilleu (VacanSoleil)______(26)
5. William Bonnet (FDJ)__________(22)
Complete Stage results: Le Tour
General Classification Top Three after Stage 7
1. Thor Hushovd (Garmin)_______28h29’27”
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)__________+1″
3. Frank Schleck (Leopard)______+4″
Complete Overall results: Le Tour
Green Jersey (points) Top Three after Stage 7
1. J.J. Rojas (Movistar)_______(167)
2. Philippe Gilbert (Lotto)______(156)
3. Mark Cavendish (HTC)______(150)