Tour de France – Stage 7 – Froome wins, Wiggins in yellow, Field decimated

It looks like the Tour is going to be a three or four man race. Chris Froome (SKY) has taken away the win from Cadel Evans who attacked Bradley Wiggins on the final slope of the Planche des Belles Filles, while Bradley just powered his way up the hill on Evans back wheel. Wiggins moves into yellow, Froome establishes himself as the super domestic Bradley will need, and more importantly have, throughout the race and Evans comes away with questions of how he can possibly beat Bradley.

Further down the field the depth of top ten contenders could only watch as Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ) rode away with the favorites. Huge surprises today as Samuel Sanchez, last year’s polka dot winner, lost big time. Levi Leipheimer was way back. Frank Schleck was passed by Cancellara. Alejandro Valverde, all things considered had a great ride as he flatted on the high speed run-in and was over a minute behind when the climb started, but he also lost big time. Rabobank’s Gesink, Mollema and Kruijswijk all blew apart. The stage was carnage.

The leader-board has been thinned and the selections are becoming more clear. Ryder Hesjedal, who was a major favourite two days ago, crashed, was out of contention and did not start today due to injury. So, it’s Wiggins vs Evans vs Nibali. Sky has shown they are a massive force but the big mountains are to come.

Tomorrow, we’ve got a very undulating stage with 7 categorized climbs over 157km into Porrentruy, Switzerland. Most of the climbs are Cat 2, so they are challenging but nothing overly difficult. This is the ideal stage for the break to succeed as the leaders jersey has changed hands and the sprinters likely won’t recover from the Cat 1, Col de la Croix just 17km from the flat finish.

Stage 7 Top Ten
1. Chris Froome (SKY)_______4h58’55”
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)_______+2″
3. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
4. Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ)______+7″
5. Rein Taaramae (COF)_____+19″
6. Haimar Zubeldia (RNT)____+44″
7. Pierre Rolland (EUR)_____+46″
8. Janez Brajkovic (AST)
9. Denis Menchov (KAT)______+50″
10. Maxime Monfort (RNT)____+56″

Full Stage 6 Results:

Overall Classification after Stage 7
1. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_______34h21’20”
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)__________+10″
3. Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ)_________+16″
4. Rein Taaramae (COF)_________+32″
5. Denis Menchov (KAT)________+54″
6. Haimar Zubeldia (RNT)_______+59″
7. Maxime Monfort (RNT)_______+1’09”
8. Nicolas Roche (ALM)________+1’22″
9. Chris Froome (SKY)_________+1’32”
10. Michael Rogers (SKY)_______+1’40”
11. Fabian Cancellara (RNT)____+1’43”
12. Sammy Sanchez (EUS)______+2’02″
13. Jurgen Van DenBroeck (LTB)_+2’11″

17. Janez Brajkovic (RNT)_______+3’04”

20. Ivan Basso (LIQ)___________+3’13”

26. Frank Schleck (RNT)_______+3’43″
27. Levi Leipheimer (OPQ)_____+3’47”

30. Bauke Mollema (RAB)_______+4’36”
31. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+4’38″

35. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+4’50″

39. Robert Gesink (RAB)________+6’57″

Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)______DNS

Full Overall Classification:


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