Stage 7 Results
1 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - 6.15.51
2 Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia - 2.42
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 2.45
4 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 2.50
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
6 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
7 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC - Saxo Bank
8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 3.03
9 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - 3.11
10 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner

General classification after stage 7
1 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - 23.53.26
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 1.00
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone - 1.21
4 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 1.34
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 2.06
6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC - Saxo Bank - 2.27
7 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team CSC - Saxo Bank - 2.59
8 Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
9 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi - 3.17
10 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 3.23

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"Ballan wins Tour of Spain seventh stage

MADRID (AFP) - Italian Alessandro Ballan of Lampre won Saturday's seventh stage of the Tour of Spain, a 223.2 km ride from Barbastro to La Rabassa in Andorra, to take the overall lead as the peleton moved into the mountains.

Riders had to negotiate not just the climbs but the unseasonably inclement weather as rain fell persistently amid the foggy and cold conditions going into Andorra." Read more from the AFP...

"Ballan takes Vuelta lead after lone victory

(CNN) -- Italian Alessandro Ballan assumed leadership of the Tour of Spain with a brave lone victory on the seventh stage to Andorra on Saturday.

The Lampre star was part of a five-man breakaway group on the 232.2 kilometer stage from Barbastro to a summit finish of La Rabassa.

Ballan attacked at the foot of the final climb to take the stage by two minutes and 42 seconds from Ezequiel Mosquera with Alberto Contador of Spain making a decisive move to claim third." Read more from CNN International...

"Ballan takes dramatic season first win
Stage win and overall to Italian Classics man

By Gregor Brown, with addition reporting from Bjorn Haake in Andorra

Better known for his status in the Spring Classics, Alessandro Ballan claimed victory and the overall race lead the first high-mountain stage of the Vuelta a España - 223.2 kilometres from Barbastro to Andorra. The 28 year-old Italian formed part of the day's escape group 18 kilometres into the day that was marked with four categorised climbs, including the mountain top arrival on La Rabassa.

"I started the day thinking to go tranquilo and to prepare for the Worlds. But then, I was in the break. With 30 kilometres to go I still didn't know if I could win. I am satisfied with the victory," said Ballan." Read more from

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