(AP) — Christopher Froome of Britain won the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Saturday by beating defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia and countryman Bradley Wiggins up the first summit finish this year.
Wiggins took the leader’s yellow jersey after the 123-mile trek from Tomblaine up to the Vosges mountains ski station of La Planche des Belles Filles from Fabian Canceralla. The Swiss time-trial specialist had led the Tour since winning the opening prologue a week ago.
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Stage 7 Results
1. Christopher Froome – Sky Procycling – 4:58:35
2. Cadel Evans – BMC Racing Team – 0:00:02
3. Bradley Wiggins – Sky Procycling
4. Vincenzo Nibali – Liquigas-Cannondale – 0:00:07
5. Rein Taaramae – Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne – 0:00:19
6. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre – RadioShack-Nissan – 0:00:44
7. Pierre Rolland – Team Europcar – 0:00:46
8. Janez Brajkovic – Astana Pro Team
9. Denis Menchov – Katusha Team – 0:00:50
10. Maxime Monfort – RadioShack-Nissan – 0:00:56
General classification after Stage 7
1. Bradley Wiggins – Sky Procycling – 34:21:20
2. Cadel Evans – BMC Racing Team – 0:00:10
3. Vincenzo Nibali – Liquigas-Cannondale – 0:00:16
4. Rein Taaramae – Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne -0:00:32
5. Denis Menchov – Katusha Team – 0:00:54
6. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre RadioShack-Nissan – 0:00:59
7. Maxime Monfort – RadioShack-Nissan – 0:01:09
8. Nicolas Roche – AG2R La Mondiale – 0:01:22
9. Christopher Froome – Sky Procycling – 0:01:32
10. Michael Rogers – Sky Procycling – 0:01:40
Christopher Froome takes over the Polka Dot Jersey
Love or hate his finish line celebrations, Sagan is bringing a youthful spirit to this year’s Tour.
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“Wiggins in yellow as Sky teammate Froome triumphs
By Justin Davis (AFP)
LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France — Race favourite Bradley Wiggins took command of the Tour de France Saturday as Sky teammate Christopher Froome secured a deserved maiden victory on stage seven.
Defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia finished second, with Wiggins in third only 2secs behind as Sky’s pace on the final, 5.9 km climb to the race’s first hilltop finish exacted a costly toll on some contenders.
BMC leader Evans, who made a futile bid for the stage win only to be passed by Froome in the final 100 metres, is now second overall at 10sec behind Wiggins.
Italian Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas, considered the biggest challenger to Evans and Wiggins, is third at 16 with Estonian Rein Taaramae of Cofidis in fourth at 32.
“It’s a great day for the team,” said Wiggins, who started the first day in the hills in second place only 7sec behind Fabian Cancellara.
“I wanted to go for the yellow jersey and for Chris to win the stage but I had to tell him to slow down towards the end to keep something for the finish.”” Read more from AFP…
“Froome takes superb stage win as teammate Wiggins claims Tour yellow
(CNN) — Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome won a pivotal seventh stage of the Tour de France Saturday as his teammate Bradley Wiggins took over in the race leader’s yellow jersey.
Froome, a noted climber, showed his ability on a steep finish at La Planche des Belles Filles after 199km from Tomblaine.
Despite setting a relentless pace in the final two kilometers, Froome still had the reserves to sprint past defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans and finish two seconds clear on the line.
Australia’s Evans came in second with Team Sky leader Wiggins on his wheel, the race favorite replacing Fabian Cancellara in first place in the overall standings.” Read more from CNN International…
Photos by CorVos
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