Sylvain Chavanel has taken Stage 7 of the 2010 Tour de France, which is his second stage win. Chavanel also has taken over the overall leader spot for the Tour.
Starting at Tournus and ending at Station de Rousses, a 103 mile ride, is known as a ski area when the weather is much colder. Chavanel finished in 4 hours and 22.52 minutes. Cadel Evans is now in second place overall, behind Chavanel by 1:25, while Schleck said “I expected Cadel to get the (yellow) jersey.”
Schleck is in fourth place, 1:55 behind Chavanel, Contador is in sixth place and behind by 2:26. Lance Armstrong is in 14th place overall and is 3:16 behind Chavanel. Some say to watch Contador as he will make a push Sunday, a tougher stage which starts in Station des Rousses and ends at Morzine-Avoriaz, with five rated climbs.
Armstrong gave a little advice, saying the key to place on Sunday is to attack on the second to last climb. He also continued with “It’s very difficult”. There are patches that are eight, nine, 10% (inclines). It’s super, super-hard, and if temperatures are like this, we’ll see people stuck in the road.”