Tour de France
A review of what happened Friday and a look at what to
expect in today’s stage:
Friday’s stage: A 99-mile journey from Brioude to Aurillac, including two category-two ascents. The ride was made much harder by heavy crosswinds.
Winner: Spanish rider Luis-Leon Sanchez of Caisse d’Epargne took the stage, six seconds ahead of former yellow jersey holder Stefan Schumacher of Germany and Filippo Pozzato of Italy.
Yellow jersey: Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg retained the yellow jersey, ahead of Cadel Evans of Australia, with Schumacher third.
Quote of the day: “It’s been a savage day and that’s going to hurt a lot of people. This all accumulates, it makes the race a bit more interesting.” -- David Millar of Britain, who tried repeatedly to get away and take the yellow jersey but eventually lost time on the leaders and fell to seventh place overall.
*--* STAGE 7 RESULTS 1. Luis-Leon Sanchez, Spain: 3:52:53 2. Stefan Schumacher, Germany: 0:06 behind 3. Filippo Pozzato, Italy: same time 4. Kim Kirchen, Luxembourg: same time 5. Alejandro Valverde, Spain: same time *--*
*--* OVERALL STANDINGS 1. Kim Kirchen, Luxembourg: 28:23:40 2. Cadel Evans, Australia: 0:06 behind 3. Stefan Schumacher, Germany: 0:16 behind 4. Christian Vandevelde, U.S.: 0:44 behind 5. Denis Menchov, Russia: 1:03 behind *--*