Stage 7: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles
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At last year’s Stage 7, Bradley Wiggins pulled out of the race after an unfortunate major crashed in which he broke his collarbone. Unable to continue, he pulled out of the race. At this year’s Tour, so far so good for the British athlete. Knock on woods, Wiggo has sailed through safely so far after on the race and has been in form since the start of the race. As the peloton enters the climbing stage of Tour de France, the bookmaker’s odds favourite to win Tour de France 2012 Bradley Wiggins is trailing just 00‘ 07” behind yellow jersey leader Fabian Cancellar (Radioshack-Nissan). On the other hand, defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) is in 6th place behind the leader. With there mountains ahead of the cylists, we might see a new wearer of the maillot jaune this Saturday in La Planche des Belles Filles if Cancellara does not have any power left in his legs after seven days of leading the race.
When: Saturday 7th July
Starting Point: Tomblaine
End Point: La Planche des Belles Files
Type: Medium Mountain
Tomblaine - La Planche des Belles Files, 199km
This is where the actions starts for the Tour de France when it comes to climbing. Stage 7 is considered as the start of the mountain terrain and with 199km to cover, the riders will have to pull their socks up and sweat a bit more than previous. They all start from Tomblaine and end at La Planche des Belles Files, both are hosting the Tour de France for the first time in the competition history so this also means new terrain for the riders to get accustom to. There will be three mountain/hill passes and they aren’t easy so this will test the riders before getting into La Planche des Belles Files.
The yellow jersey will be won by ones who can cope with the steep climb on the three mountains. The first one after 112km, Col de Grosse Pierre will be a 3.1 km, the second will be after 150.5 for Col du mont de Fourche for 3.1km and the getting to the final desitation, La Planche des Belles Files, with a 5.9km climb. The last 5.9km will be an elevation from 532m high to 1035, so therefore, getting to the 193km might be the easy bit while the final climb will be the deciding bit.
|Jurgen Van Den Broeck||16/1||12/1||18/1|
|Chris Anker Sorensen||50/1||33/1||500/1|
At the Finish Line
A double serving for Sky at the end of Stage 7 of Tour de France. The first mountain race of the Tour from Tomblaine to La Planche de Belles Filles was a big hit for Team Sky. Chris Froome takes centre stage following two second dash to the finish line ahead of Cadel Evans of Team BMC and fellow team mate Wiggo who respectively took a 2nd and 3rd place finish. As a result of Wiggo taking a podium place, his dream of wearing the most coveted yellow jersey has come to fruition on top of the mountain.
|1.||FROOME C.||SKY||04h 58' 35''|
|2.||EVANS C.||BMC||00' 02''|
|3.||WIGGINS B.||SKY||00' 02''|
|4.||NIBALI V.||LIQ||00' 07''|
|5.||TAARAMAE R.||COF||00' 19''|
|1.||WIGGINS B||SKY||34h 21' 20''|
|2.||EVANS C.||BMC||00' 10''|
|3.||NIBALI V.||LIQ||00' 16''|
|4.||TAARAMAE R.||COF||00' 32''|
|5.||MENCHOV D.||KAT||00' 54''|
Check the final Stage Standing after the race.
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