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Tour de France, Stage 7 – Live Blog

July 10, 2010
Stage 7 – Tournus to Station des Rousses 165.5 km

Canadian Race Summery
“Canadian Ryder Hesjedal picked up one place in the overall standings on this tough stage, moving from 4th overall to 3rd overall!”

Today is the first “Mountain” stage of the Tour de France. Today we’re likely to see riders like 6th place Andy Schleck (+ 01′ 09″), 9th place Alberto Contador (+ 01′ 40″), 18th place Lance Armstrong (+ 02′ 30″), 24th place Levi Leipheimer (+ 02′ 53″) and 47th place Ivan Basso (+ 03′ 20″) move to the top of the standings. These are the favorite ‘climbers’ in this years race. The stage includes 6 climbs, in order: category 3, category 4, category 3, and then three category 2′s. The last two category 2 climbs are twice as long as the other ones.

Tour de France Profile of Stage 7

Tour de France Profile of Stage 7

Tomorrows first “High Mountain” stage will surely expose all pretenders to the title of this years tour. This should be a very interesting weekend of racing and should spot light those individuals and teams who have a good chance to be on the podium in Paris in two weeks time.

The Out Door Life Network’s coverage of today’s stage of the Tour de France airs from 7:30-11:30am and repeats at 1:00-5:00p on Roger’s channel 58 (see your cable provider for OLN’s channel).

See Zap2it online TV guide, set your provider and location and see a customized channel guide.

French speaking cycling fans can go to TV Évasion out of Quebec for channels, video and maps in french.

6:47 AM EDT
Today’s LiveBlog here at BikingToronto will begin in about 20 minutes…

7:11
They’re off! A group of 5 have broken away from the main group.
The Breakaway: Jermone Pineau, Christian Knees, Ruber Perez Moreno, Samuel Dumoulin and Danilo Hondo.

Tour de France LIVE

Tour de France LIVE

7:30
The breakaway gap is 2:14 and growing…

7:39
Gap at 3:30!

Tour de France, stage 7 - LIVE

Tour de France, stage 7 - LIVE

7:51
Gap up to 8:05 minutes! This could get wider still, the breakaway group knows that their advantage is early now on the flats. They must know that to have a chance they must pile up a lead of almost impossible minutes and destroy the climbers sense that they can win the race today.

The breakaway riders must think they may defend the gap they have created through the 1st, 2nd, or even the 3rd climb; but they must know that, almost any gap will be destroyed in the 4th and 5th climb of the day. No gap is big enough!

8:00
The widening of the gap has slowed as the first climb comes into view for the lead group. Now at 8:20.

8:16
The gap is down to 8:00 as the lead group embarks up the first climb, the category 3 Côte de l’Aubépin, a 541 metre rise. Half way up the gap is still 8 minutes.

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

8:28
As the Peloton reaches the top of the Côte de l’Aubépin the gap to the breakaway is 8:35.

The Climbs

    * Km 51.5 – Côte de l’Aubépin – 4.9 km climb to 5 % – Category 3
    * Km 69.0 – Côte des Granges (DESSIA) – 5.9 km climb to 3.5 % – Category 4
    * Km 84.5 – Côte d’Arinthod – 8.5 km climb to 4.7 % – Category 3
    * Km 104.0 – Côte du barrage de Vouglans – 6.6 km climb to 5.6 % – Category 2
    * Km 134.5 – Col de la Croix de la Serra – 15.7 km climb to 4.3 % – Category 2
    * Km 161.5 – Côte de Lamoura – 14.0 km climb to 5 % – Category 2

Maps and Routes: Stage 7

8:35
As the lead group reaches the bottom of Côte des Granges, a Category 4, 5.9 km climb, the gap is 8:35

8:49
As the breakaway reaches the top of Côte des Granges their lead is only 7:30.

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

9:00
At the bottom of Côte des Granges the gap is down to 7:00! Is the Peloton pushing to close the gap – or is the breakaway running out of steam?

The Weather

It’s 31.0°C | 87.8°F
Humidity is 50%
Wind: 10-15 kph

Degrees of difficulty is reflected in the average speed of the racers:

    Ist 1/4 of the race averaged 40 kph.
    2nd 1/4 of the race averaged 30 kph

9:13
The lead group has summit-ed Côte d’Arinthod, a Category 3, 8.5 km climb. Their lead is down to 5:55.

9:33
Team BBox Bouygues Telecom is pacing the Peloton. The teams are intentionally making the effort to catch the breakaway now. As the breakaway reaches the bottom of Côte du barrage a Category 2, 6.6 km climb the gap is 5:32.

Côte du barrage is the first Category 2 climb of this years race. The smaller the category number – the steeper the incline. The next two climbs are also category 2′s but are both more than twice as long as this climb.

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

9:51
The breakaways crest Côte du barrage with a lead of only 4:10

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

9:53
The Peloton crests Côte du barrage 3:46 behind the breakaway.

10:13
Bottom of the big Col de la Croix de la Serra, the Category 2, 15.7 km climb.
Breakaway 3:25 ahead.

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

Tour de France Stage 7 LIVE

Versus announcers says the Peloton still lead by team BBox Bouygues Telecom, is turning it on.

This could be it for the breakaway, right here, right now – on this cote. The hill of doom? :) Up to their demise.

10:16
The Peloton is dropping riders now as they power up this category 2 climb, intent on catching the breakaway. Robert Hunter of Garmin-Transitions, a sprinter who finished 2nd in yesterday’s stage, has fallen off.

10:22
It looks like Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of team Garmin-Transitions is in arrowhead of the Peloton – as carnage reigns behind.

10:24

Tour de France LIVE

Tour de France LIVE

10:33

The Ranks

Breakaway:
Jerome Pineau
Danilo Hondo

1st Chase Group – 6 riders (+ 0:30)
Matthew Lloyd
Thomas Voeckler
Cyril Gautier
Mathieu Perget
Damiano Cunego
Rafael Valls F

Chase 2 (+1:00)
Jose Ivan Gutierrez

Peloton (+1:30)

10:39

Tour de France LIVE

Tour de France LIVE

10:49

First Chase Group, 10 riders (+0:52)
Matthew Lloyd
Sylvain Chavanel
Christian Knees
Thomas Voeckler
Cyril Gautier
Jose Ivan Gutierrez
Mathieu Perget
Jaun Manuel Garate
Damiano Cunego
Rafael Valls Ferri

Peloton (+2:20)

11:04
Here we go up the last category 2, to the finish line.
The lead group has split as climbers rock up this mountain, a perfect finish for those who are specialist climbers.
Two QuickStep riders are teaming up at the front. Jerome Pineau is ahead being caught now by Sylvain Chavanel. Damiano Cunego is making a bid for the leaders group.

11:07

12.8 km to go

12.8 km to go

11:15

The Peloton
The Versus announcers are saying the Peloton is a select group including Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, and their housekeepers. I can’t find good data about who else is in the group.

I think I see Ryder Hesjedal with another Garmin-Transitions teammate 1 and 4 at the head of the Peloton.

11:18
Rafael Valls Ferri in his first tour is riding the hell out of his body to try and catch Sylvain Chavanel. 6 km to go he’s 40 seconds behind.

11:20

Sylvain Chavanel leading Ferri - 5km to go

Sylvain Chavanel leading Ferri - 5km to go

11:29

Sylvain Chavanel will win this stage.
Ferri is limp on the pedals he doesn’t seem to have the right gear to speed on this last 2 km flat finish. Jaun Manuel Garate is right behind trying for 2nd place a minute behind.

Rafael Valls Ferri will keep second.

11:31
The Peloton surprisingly to me, is together and right behind third place finisher Jaun Manuel Garate.

The Finish

Stage 7 Individual Standings
1. Sylvain Chavanel
2. Rafael Valls Ferri + 0:57
3. Jaun Manuel Garate +1:27
4. Thomas Voeckler + 1:40
5. Mathieu Preget + 1:40
6. Daniel Moreno Fernandez + 1:40
7. Pierrick Fedrigo + 1:47
8. Ryder Hesjedal + 1:47
(+ 34 others @ + 1:47)

It was Johan Van Summeren (34th place + 01′ 47″), that I wrote about above who was drafting for Hesjedal at the head of the Peloton. Both team-mates finished in the same group.

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal picked up one place in the overall standings on this tough stage, moving from 4th overall to 3rd!

Overall Standings after Stage 7

1. Sylvain Chavanel 0:00
2. Cadel Evans + 01′ 25″
3. Ryder Hesjedal + 01′ 32″

11:37
More tables to come as finishers are still crossing the line.

12:21
Here we go, as promised… the top 1/4 of the field.

Stage 7 Finish Order

Tour de France Stage 7 Finish Order - top 44

Tour de France Stage 7 Finish Order - top 44

Overall Standings after Stage 7

Tour de France Stage 7 Finish order - top 43

Tour de France Overall Standings after Stage 7 - top 43

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