|Mark Cavendish wins Stage7|
Chris Horner rode 38km after his crash (he fell at 180km in a 218km stage), rolling across the finish line in 190th, in last place in Stage 7, 12'41" behind Cavendish's winning time. His teammates Yaroslav Popovych and Sergio Pauhlino arrived seconds before Horner, coming in 182nd and 183rd respectively. I would like to know what Navardauskas, Fofonov, Hernandez, Zeits, Ciolek, and Steegmans thought as they crossed the line at the same time as Chris Horner. They must have known he needed assistance and should not have been riding a bike, but who is responsible? Update: Horner will not start Tour de France stage on Saturday
CyclingNews reported that Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) and Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) fell back to tell Wilfried Peeters the directeur sportif of Quickstep, that Tom Boonen was a danger for the other riders and himself. After giving Boonen painkillers Wilfried Peeters encouraged him to give it one more try. Boonen finally abandoned in tears, but not until he rode 90km with a head injury with elevated heart rate.
Big Changes in the GC standings
Changes in the GC: Geraint Thomas was in 7th place, he is now in 38th, 3'18" behind and out of the white jersey. Edvald Boasson Hagen had been in 8th, he dropped to 39th, 3'18" back. Cyril Gautier dropped from 19th to 44th. Egor Silin dropped from 25th to 45th. Chris Horner dropped from 13th place to 119th due to a crash, Horner is 12'59" behind. Levi Leipheimer went from 31st place to 50th after being caught in a crash and having a mechanical, Levi is 4'29" behind.
There was also a change up in the green jersey again (and that means Philippe Gilbert has changed jerseys yet again and is now back in his Belgium National Championship jersey for Stage 8). Jose Joaquin Rojas went from 26th place to the 20th overall and is now in Green. Read the full report of Key Moments of Stage 7. Practice your cycling French here.
Who has abandoned the 2011 Tour de France after Stage 7
The big news of the day, Bradley Wiggins has abandoned the Tour (DNF broken left collarbone today in Stage 7), he had been in 6th place overall. Tom Boonen (DNF crash, abandoned from injuries sustained in Stage 5 including a concussion, shoulder and elbow), he was the leader of the Quickstep team. Add to the list FdJ’s Remi Pauriol (DNF broken collarbone in Stage 7).
Who remains in the race: the Tour de France race is down to 190 riders (from 198) after withdrawals and previously losing Janez Brajkovic (DNF crash in Stage 5), Christophe Kern (DNF knee pain in Stage 5), and Jurgen Van de Walle (DNF injuries from crash in Stage 2). Also Vasili Kiryienka (outside time limit on Stage 6), and Ivan Valasco (non starter Stage 6 after crash in Stage 5). Sylvain Chavanel is noticeably limping along with terrible shoulder pain, fighting against abandoning the race (he is wearing the French National Championship jersey), he has added pressure now that teammate Tom Boonen is out of the race.
Possible changes for Stage 8: Chris Horner will likely not start Stage 8, I hope he rests and recovers well. We'll have to wait to see if Sylvain Chavanel starts Stage 8. Also Grischa Niermann of Rabobank has a fractured arm but is still riding in the race.
* Jani Brajkovic Writes Blog With Left Hand
Boonen abandons Tour de France after head injury - he should not have been riding a bike.
VIDEO: Breakfast with Bernie Stage 7 (VeloNews)
VIDEO: Nick Legan takes a look inside the Leopard-Trek team car
VIDEO: Levi talks about the time gaps (CyclingNews)
VIDEO: Tour Talk with James and Frankie (Bicycling.com)
VIDEO: Post-race recovery with Mark Renshaw (is it hot in here or is it just me)
Hardly Serious with Jens Voigt by Jensie
Stuart O'Grady sums up the week as Leopard Trek has 3 men in the top 10 - Stuart O’Grady feeling the effects of tough week on Tour (VeloNews)
Talking Tour de France with Paul Sherwen (long interview by Podium Cafe)
Pro cycling plagued by head injuries (Cycling News)
Tour de France tech: Oakley lens coatings for the rain (Bike Radar)
Tour riders reveal their mettle on the pedals (by Michael Barry)
BikeSnobNYC's Tour de France Stages 6-7 Report: Workin' for the Weekend
O'nev Cyclismo Fotographia - fabulous photography from Stage 7
|51||HUSHOVD Thor||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||28h 29' 27"|
|88||ROJAS Jose Joaquin||MOVISTAR TEAM||167 pts|
|204||HOOGERLAND Johnny||VACANSOLEIL-DCM||4 pts|
|41||GESINK Robert||RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM||28h 29' 47"|
GC standings - the new order of contenders: complete stage standing after Stage 7
|1.||HUSHOVD Thor||51||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||28h 29' 27"|
|2.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||28h 29' 28"||+ 00' 01"|
|3.||SCHLECK Frank||18||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||28h 29' 31"||+ 00' 04"|
|4.||MILLAR David||56||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||28h 29' 35"||+ 00' 08"|
|5.||KLÖDEN Andréas||74||TEAM RADIOSHACK||28h 29' 37"||+ 00' 10"|
|6.||FUGLSANG Jakob||13||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||28h 29' 39"||+ 00' 12"|
|7.||SCHLECK Andy||11||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||28h 29' 39"||+ 00' 12"|
|8.||MARTIN Tony||175||HTC - HIGHROAD||28h 29' 40"||+ 00' 13"|
|9.||VELITS Peter||179||HTC - HIGHROAD||28h 29' 40"||+ 00' 13"|
Looking forward to Stage 8
Think good thoughts for Chris Horner, he remained in the hospital overnight. A man named Contador is in 24th place, 1'42" behind, but a Spaniard can go up a hill faster than that. Tomorrow we see a steep finish on Stage 8 from Aigurande → Super Besse, 189 km. Route of Stage 8 TDF and profile (up up and up).