Tour de France stage seven

Bradley Wiggins moves into the race leaders' yellow jersey after team-mate Chris Froome wins a summit finish.

7 July 2012 Last updated at 19:03

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  1. 1706:  

    Chapeau Bradley. Chapeau Froome. Chapeau Team Sky. And chapeau to you for texts and tweets today. The report on today's stage is live. I'll be back for Sunday's 158km race in the Jura mountains between Belfort and Porrentruy. Racing begins around 12:15 BST. I'm sure you'll be joining me.

  2. 1659:  

    Feels like a good place to bring a close to proceedings today. I told my wife last night that Wiggo would end the day in yellow but I started to doubt myself as today's stage wore on - the finish was surely better suited to Cadel Evans. Well he's only gone and done it.

  3. 1654:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Steven Ilott on Twitter: "Wiggins has replaced Cancellara as leader of the Tour de France. A good omen for Murray vs Federer?"

  4. 1653:   
    Yellow Jersey ,

    Final bit from our race leader: "We're in the driving seat. We will look to consolidate over the next couple of days, more so in the time trial [on Monday]. Just to be in the yellow, that is something to be savoured. It was a childhood dream of mine. I promised my son yesterday I'd take the yellow jersey so it's nice."

  5. 1650:   
    Yellow Jersey ,

    Bit more from Wiggo: "I had to pinch myself a bit last night. I'm still in the race with all the crashes. Last year, I was lying in hospital in Chateauroux and here I am now. You can never underestimate [Cadel Evans] he is an incredible champion. He fought every step and he's never going to give up."

  6. 1647:   
    Yellow Jersey ,

    A few words from Wiggins? Here you go: "It is an amazing feeling. It just went perfect today, the boys put it on the line and did a fantastic job. Froomey won the stage. That's mind blowing, he's improving all the time and we got the jersey, amazing."

  7. 1646:   
    Yellow Jersey ,

    Overall standings:

    1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky - 34 hours, 21 mins, 20 seconds

    2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC - @10"

    3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - @16"

    4. Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - @32"

    5. Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha - @54"

    9. Chris Froome (GB) Sky - @1:32

  8. 1645:  

    Stage seven result:

    1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky - 4h58:35

    2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC - @2"

    3. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky - @ 2"

    4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - @7"

    5. Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - @19"

  9. 1642:   
    Polkadot Jersey

    Chris Froome dons the red and white polka dot jersey - a decent reward for a terrific, selfless ride by the Kenyan-born Brit.

  10. 1635:   
    Yellow Jersey ,

    Here's Wiggo getting his yellow jersey. He is only the fifth British rider to wear the coveted Maillot Jaune after Tom Simpson, Chris Boardman, Sean Yates and David Millar. Arms aloft and is that a smile I detect?

  11. 1633:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Phil Coales on Twitter: "Big tactical victory for Team Sky, showing that they have the va va Froome to take Wiggins all the way."

  12. 1630:   
    Polkadot Jersey

    Here's Froome, who takes over in the polka dot shirt after picking up 20 points in the King of the Mountains race, for his stage win: "It's a dream come true, I never thought of winning the stage, I'm chuffed to bits. From the start we were controlling the race. The guys did a fantastic job, Richie [Porte] set a blistering pace [up the final climb] and got rid of a lot of guys. It wasn't the plan to go for the stage but I'd seen the finish before and I thought I've got the legs and I gave it a small nudge and I couldn't believe when Cadel didn't follow. And having Brad two seconds behind we couldn't ask for more."

  13. 1628:  
    GB up

    Wow, wow and wow some more. That was a terrific ride by Froome and Wiggins and great tactics by Team Sky keeping two men up there to the finish while BMC left Evans to his own devices. Froome and Wiggo with a big embrace after they crossed the line.

  14. 1624:  

    Here's Team Sky sports director Sean Yates: "We came here to try and win. There's a long way to Paris but today we set the bar high and we delivered as we've done all year. We laid down the law and everyone saw we were very strong. You can't take anything for granted but we're happy for Froome. We will continue to do our jobs to the best of our ability. We're one man short which is a bit of a handicap but we'll try to our maximum."

  15. 1621:  

    Froome was arms aloft as he crossed the line while Wiggins, who knew all he had to do was stay with Evans over the closing couple of hundred metres to claim the race leaders' yellow jersey, gave a tiny punch of delight as he crossed the line.

  16. 1618:  
    GB up

    That has got to be the best result possible for Team Sky and Britain. Evans tried to break Wiggins on the steepest part of the climb but in the end he was swamped by Froome who found tremendous pace to whizz by on the blind side.

  17. 1616:   
    Yellow Jersey , CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    BRADLEY WIGGINS TAKES YELLOW JERSEY

  18. 1615:  

    BRITAIN'S CHRIS FROOME WINS STAGE SEVEN

  19. 1614:  

    And Froome has gone for it over the steepest bit and Evans looks cooked. Wiggins following Evans, if he stays behind and close he's going in yellow.

  20. 1614:  

    Into the final kilometre and the front group is down to five - Froome, Wiggins, Evans, Nibali all in there. Here we go into a flat bit and Evans has a dig. Wiggo straight into his wheel. Froome puffing a bit.

  21. 1611:  

    Pierre Rolland is dropped and we are down to a bunch of around half a dozen riders at the front. Richie Porte has dropped away, leaving Froome leading Wiggo with Evans in behind. Russia's dangerman Denis Menchov is dropped. Samuel Sanchez has gone. Wiggo looking incredibly comfortable.

  22. 1610:  

    We are inside the final 2.5km and the Team Sky trio continue to tap out the pace at the front of the race. Evans and Nibali menacingly sit just behind. Froome gives another bloke without a shirt a shove away. Big focus on this climb. Remember the last 500m is ridiculously steep and could still blow the whole race apart.

  23. 1608:  
    Graham Jones , Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator

    "I still fancy Cadel Evans or Nibali for the stage but the yellow jersey is looking good for Wiggins who has a 10-second lead on Evans." Cancellara is 45 seconds down the road and going backwards.

  24. 1606:  

    Wiggo is second wheel at the front of the peloton and so far so good on the first big climb of the Tour for the Team Sky man. Richie Porte and Chris Froome, who finished second in last year's Vuelta remember, keeping Wiggo company. Nibali, Evans and Europcar's French hopeful Pierre Rolland also in the mix. 3km to go.

  25. 1604:   
    Yellow Jersey ,

    And there's Cancellara - his time in yellow is over. Spartacus knew it was coming today. We are 4km from the summit and Cancellara's team-mate Frank Schleck also finding the pace too hot.

  26. 1602:  
    GB up

    Four Sky riders on the front, Wiggins one of them, shirt unzipped. Cadel Evans sitting just behind. Evans's BMC team-mate Philippe Gilbert and Europcar's Tommy Voeckler going on their way out the back of the peloton too.

  27. 1600:  

    Luis Leon Sanchez is the first man to drop off the breakaway as the peloton approaches, led by the Sky train. Albasini and Sorensen continue to plod up the hill on their own, the only two left as the pace drops significantly. Everyone starting to breath heavily now. We have 5km of the climb remaining.

  28. 1558:  

    The lead is dwindling and is down t0 15 seconds with 6km remaining. Van Den Broeck is being paced back to the main bunch by team-mate Greg Henderson.

  29. 1556:  

    Movistar's Alejandro Valverde is also off his bike with a mechanical inside the final 10km - what is going on with the big names in this year's Tour? Soon back up and pedalling but he's got to pace himself back to the peloton. We're almost at the bottom of the final climb.

  30. 1554:  

    Lotto's man main Jurgen Van Den Broeck has a mechanical and he's off his bike and he's back on and riding in a flash but he's lost a bit of time there. He gets a good shove up the road from a domestique and he's bombing past those who have dropped out the peloton like an Ferrari past a Punto. That won't help his energy levels for the final climb.

  31. 1550:  

    It is hotting up nicely in the peloton too with the Lotto Belisol riders coming to the front. Garmin still up there and the ever-present Sky boys are keeping a watchful eye. Edvald Boasson Hagen right in the mix.

  32. 1547:  

    Michael Albasini of Orica GreenEdge takes up the reins at the front of the escaped bunch. The Swiss rider can climb, having won mountain classifications before. But suddenly they are blown apart at the 15km mark by Astana's Dmitry Fofonov but he is quickly brought back. Gautier struggling to keep up though. Lead is 70 seconds.

  33. 1543:  

    Three Garmin riders, perhaps making a point that even though their team is depleted and injured, they still have fire in their bellies, are leading the peloton. A few of the sprinters puffing as though they've been over the Tourmalet twice already as they drop out the back. Lead down to 90 seconds.

  34. 1540:  
    GET INVOLVED

    John Sweeney from Leytonstone, via text on 81111: "Wiggins and Team Sky will surely look to ride defensively and make sure they don't lose any time to other GC contenders today and wait for Monday's time trial. The only circumstances that would see Wiggins attack would be if Evans or Nibali looked like they were struggling on a climb. It's unlikely to happen today though."

  35. 1538:  

    The leaders go under the 20km to go banner. The lead is down to 100 seconds though and they are still a good dozen kilometres or so from the bottom of the final climb.

  36. 1537:  

    A bit more from Graham Jones: "We could see some significant time gaps open up in the final 500m. We could see bigger time gaps today than in some of the Alpine climbs which are longer and not as steep. This could be good for Nibali or Evans."

  37. 1535:  

    We are inside the final 25km of today's stage. The lead is down to 2'10" and the peloton is beginning to string out. Here's Graham Jones on commentary: "The lead group should have enough in hand to start the climb in front. But then the main contenders will attack on the final climb."

  38. 1530:  

    Live commentary of the closing stages is just getting under way with BBC Radio 5 live's Peter Slater and Graham Jones. The commentary is web only today.

  39. 1526:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom, via text on 81111: "Would actually like to see Wiggo and Evans lose time today to the men that got caught up in the crash yesterday. Balance it out so that when Wiggins wins there are no excuses other than his brilliance. Cobo or Van den Broeck for the stage."

  40. 1525:  

    The peloton winding up the chase. Britain's David Millar keeping the pace high. The deficit is down to 2'45" as they cycle through an area known as the land of 1,000 ponds. This whole region is one of the few parts of France I'm yet to visit but it's certainly going on the list for next summer.

  41. 1522:  

    Rob from Torquay, via text on 81111: "The Tour starts getting exciting from today, Brad and Cadel may just have to do a little sparring later."

  42. 1521:  

    Vansummeren gaining more and more respect. Despite struggling up that last climb, he took the opportunity to load up with water bottles from the Garmin car and has spent the last couple of kilometres distributing them among his team-mates.

  43. 1518:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex Gilmore on Twitter: "Wiggo is not going to win any sprints up a mountain, but he can stay with the other contenders. A proper climber will win this."

  44. 1514:  

    There are a couple of minor humps in the road before we reach the big one. The advantage of the leaders is down to a shade over 3'30" with a touch more than 35km remaining. Time differences disappear extremely quickly in the hills though.

  45. 1511:  
    GET INVOLVED

    A rather helpful homemade sign on the side of the road there, pointing the seven out front in the general direction of La Planche des Belles Filles. Will the escape stay away? Who has the legs for this? I'm getting a little nervous for Brad as the big hill comes nearer. There's no logical reason for it though, I'm sure he's done the training! Reassure me with texts to 81111 or tweet #bbccycling

  46. 1506:  

    Garmin's Vansummeren hangs in there and reaches the summit of Mont de Fourche with the peloton, 3'45" behind the escapees. Chapeau. No such luck for his team-mate Tyler Farrar though who is right out the back of the peloton again and climbing on his own. Will he descend quickly enough to catch up before the slog up to the finish?

  47. 1504:  

    Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas on Twitter: "Whoever wins, it should be exciting!! Everyone has to try and take time off Brad/Cadel while they can."

  48. 1502:  

    The advantage is down to under four minutes. Johan Vansummeren, the Garmin rider who finished with his race clothes in tatters yesterday, is getting lots of helpful pushes by fellow riders as he struggles at the rear of the peloton. Great cameraderie in the peloton.

  49. 1500:   
    Polkadot Jersey

    Saxo Bank's Sorensen nips past Sanchez to take two points over the summit of the climb - cheeky little move that. Garmin's David Zabriskie, who won the combativity award after his dig off the front on Friday, takes up the pace at the front of the peloton.

  50. 1457:  
    That's ugly!

    A few yards up the road and another bunch of shirtless clowns get a little too close to the action. This time they are repelled with a squirt of water from a bidon and Sanchez turns round to ask for help from race officials. With all the crashes so far, you can understand if there's a few nerves in the peloton.

  51. 1455:  

    The seven escapees are on the bottom of the second category three climb of the day, the Col du Mont de Fourche. Lovely little hand off by Luis Leon Sanchez there. It's our first over-excited spectator and he deservedly gets a physical telling off from the Euskaltel rider.

  52. 1449:  
    ABANDONMENTS

    A total of 13 riders have abandoned since the crash on Friday. Here's a full run-down.

    AG2R - Hubert Dupont (Fra) - sprained ankle, vertebrae and radius

    Euskaltel - Mikel Astarloza (Spa) - elbow; Amets Txurruka (Spa) - right collarbone fracture

    Garmin - Tom Danielson (US) - shoulder; Robert Hunter (SA) - vertebrae; Ryder Hesjedal (Can) - hematoma hip, left knee

    Katusha - Oscar Freire (Spa) - broken rib

    Lampre - Davide Vigano (Ita) - broken collarbone

    Movistar - Imanol Erviti (Spa) - right leg; Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) - right knee

    Rabobank - Maarten Wynants (Bel) - broken ribs, perforated lung

    Saur-Sojasun - Anthony Delaplace (Fra) - broken wrist

    Vacansoleil - Wouter Poels (Ned) - broken ribs, injured spleen

  53. 1441:  
    Peter Slater , Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    On Twitter: "Hell of a climb up to the finish today, should be fascinating. Who's your tip for the stage win? Tune into BBC Sport website from 15:30 BST for live commentary."

  54. 1439:  

    Thousands of spectators lining the streets as BMC take up the lead at the front of the peloton - the leaders continue to remain a fairly constant 4'45" up the road.

  55. 1433:  

    Guardian cycling correspondent William Fotheringham on Twitter: "Trying to figure out how steep final metres today are. l'Equipe says 28% and 20%, Tour road book 14% average." Should we just average the three out?

  56. 1428:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Feeney on Twitter: "I really don't know why Cav joined Sky after HTC. So many teams would have built around him. Could've won b2b green. He has thrown away won of the peak years of his career by joining Sky."

  57. 1427:  

    Good work from Cav, who delivers his wares to a grateful Knees and Eisel at the front of the peloton. He has a well-earned slurp himself before dropping back a few places. It's not all glamour being world road race champion you know.

  58. 1420:  

    Garmin's Tyler Farrar was dropped on that climb but the American sprinter looks to have got back to the peloton. Here's domestique Cav at the Team Sky car and he's collecting bidons for his team-mates and stuffing them up the front of his shirt, down the back, in pockets - I counted seven, including the one in the holder on his bike frame.

  59. 1415:   
    Matt Slater , BBC sports news reporter

    On Twitter: "Interesting lines from Evans at start, picked VDB & Nibali as climbers on form, but said Sky stronger than BMC on steep stuff. Basis for that was Sky display up Joux Planes in Dauphine. Wiggo, Rogers, Froome & Porte bossed it. Evans isolated. Nibali nowhere."

  60. 1412:  

    Peter Sagan the latest to drop out the back of the peloton to pick up some juice from the Liquigas car, he's not too troubled by the gradient though as he takes his hands off the handlebars and busily stuffs water bottles in his pockets as he crests the hill.

  61. 1409:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tim from London, via text on 81111: "I don't see why there's all this doom-mongering about Wiggo struggling/losing time today- he has the best team to help him through and it's not like he's a bad climber."

  62. 1408:  

    Saxo Bank's Chris Anker Sorensen is first over the top, not that it was contested. He picks up two points for his troubles, while Luis Leon Sanchez takes one for going through in second.

  63. 1406:  

    AG2R's Riblon and Omega Pharma's Velits briefly drop back from the leading seven to take a bidon or two from their support cars. They do that thing of holding on a couple of seconds longer than is strictly necessary to give them a wee boost up the hill.

  64. 1402:  

    Here we go then, up the category three Col de Grosse Pierre. The front seven staying together so far, good rotation of each rider taking his turn on the front. Further down the slope and the pelton is being led along by BMC and Team Sky. The RadioShack train that has been up at the front all week in support of race leader Cancellara, conspicuous by its absence.

  65. 1358:  
    GET INVOLVED

    James from Reading, via text on 81111: "Schleck, Evans, Nibali and Sanchez to attack together. Wiggins will try and follow, fail, get caught in no mans land and lose several minutes."

  66. 1356:  
    Graham Jones , Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator

    On Twitter: "Have to say that was hilarious, what are Orica GreenEdge doing?"

  67. 1354:  
    What a shocker!

    Getting back to the final climb - Aaron is right to point out that it is a one-in-seven gradient, or 14%, in places but a new section of road has been constructed right at the top of the mountain and parts of the final 500m feature ramps at 23%, which is almost one-in-four. That could provide late problems for some. We'll certainly find out how Wiggo's legs are today.

  68. 1352:   
    Green Jersey

    Here comes the peloton for the remaining points in the sprint and that's a canny piece of riding by green jersey leader Peter Sagan who sits in the wheel of Orica GreenEdge's Matt Goss before speeding past off the final bend to take eight valuable points.

  69. 1350:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Aaron Nathaniel on Twitter: "Cannot wait for todays final climb. 1-7 gradient in places. I'm expecting fireworks, hopefully some from Brad Wiggins."

  70. 1348:   
    Green Jersey

    The front seven ride through the intermediate sprint without contesting it. Gautier of Europcar is first through and picks up 20 points. The peloton is still around five minutes back.

  71. 1346:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom McMinigal on Twitter: "Cadel will be licking his lips over today - perfect for him. 1 or 2 seconds between him and Wiggo overall at the end of the day."

    Tshabalala on Twitter: "Expecting Scarponi, Vanendert or Leon Sanchez to win today. I expect lots of huff and puff from gc contenders but little damage." #bbccycling

  72. 1341:  

    Beautiful scenery in eastern France as the road follows the bottom of a tree-lined valley. Mark Cavendish, alongside Christian Knees and Bernie Eisel, putting in a turn for Team Sky.

  73. 1337:  

    The leader are approaching halfway in today's race. The sun is shining and Cadel Evans's BMC team is dragging the peloton along, five minutes back up the road. Team Sky also to the front. Wiggins and Evans will be watching each other very carefully today.

  74. 1334:  

    Rabobank's Luis Leon Sanchez, who was taken to hospital for X-rays after crashing on stage one of this year's Tour, is a three-time stage winner and has won Spain's national time trial in the last two years.

  75. 1330:  

    Some good riders in this breakaway. Orica GreenEdge's Michael Albasini may be familiar to some seeing as how he won the 2010 Tour of Britain. The 31-year-old Swiss won Spain's second biggest race, the Volta a Catalunya, earlier this year.

  76. 1324:  

    There have been 17 abandonments so far this year which is the most at this stage of the race since 1998, when seven Festina riders were lobbed off as part of the doping scandal that rocked the 85th edition of the race.

  77. 1317:  

    The leaders are closing in on the feed station with their advantage growing to six minutes. The seven are Gauteir (EUC), Sanchez (RAB), Chris Sorensen (STB), Fofonov (AST), Martin Velits (OPQ), Albasini (OGE) and Riblon (ALM) - will anyone make it all the way today? Text 81111 or tweet #bbccycling

  78. 1309:  
    OUCH!

    Want to know who caused yesterday's crash? I think David Millar does. Lampre's Danilo Hondo says his team-mate Davide Vigano may have to shoulder some of the blame. He told Velonation: "Vigano was putting [Alessandro] Petacchi's shoes covers in his jersey, when some riders ahead slowed down. Davide had only one hand on the handlebars, so he could not brake properly and he fell into the ditch on the roadside. Then all the rest of the group crashed." Vigano one of those who had to abandon the race.

  79. 1256:  

    Here's what team director Jonathan Vaughters had to say: "Clearly, this will mean a change in strategy for the team. We'll be looking for stage wins, possibly the King of the Mountains jersey and ways to animate the race. It is going to be painful for many of them, so starting alone will be a big step but this is the Tour de France, and we go onward and set new goals."

  80. 1254:  

    Vansummeren looked like he'd been in a war zone when he dragged his bloodied body across the line. His shirt and shorts were hanging on by the merest threads, while Hesjedal, Robbie Hunter and Danielson were forced to quit with their injuries.

  81. 1252:  

    A crazy day for Garmin on Friday. David Zabriskie won the combatitive award for helping power a four-man breakaway and then a solo bid for victory in the closing kilometres, tempered somewhat by the crash that saw five of his team-mates, Christian Vande Velde, David Millar, Johan Vansummeren, Ryder Hesjedal and Tom Danielson, hit the deck.

  82. 1241:  

    Out on the road and it is very much as you were. The seven out front are through the 60km mark and the road now starts to go uphill - all the way through the feed station in 27km time, through the intermediate sprint at 104km and over the Col de Grosse Pierre at 112km. The lead is sticking at around 5'35".

  83. 1237:   
    Team Sky

    The Team Sky boys have also taken a close look at today's solitary category one climb. Team principl Dave Brailsford said his cohort have all ridden on the mountain before adding: "La Planche des Belles Filles is a steep finish that is for sure, but it is not hard, it's not a real mountain stage. On Saturday people might have a bit more purpose in the breaks and then later on I'm sure we'll see some attacks."

  84. 1235:  

    Has anybody cycled up La Planche des Belles Filles? FDJ-BigMat's Tour newboy Thibaut Pinot, 22, says he uses it when he goes out to do his big mountain training, while John Lelangue, team boss of Cadel Evans's BMC Racing team added: "It will be a good opportunity to find out where the leading contenders stand. It's a good climb for Cadel. We checked it thoroughly in spring and we know exactly what to expect."

  85. 1228:  
    GET INVOLVED

    Pete from Chorley, via text on 81111: "With Brits looming large on the sporting landscape this weekend, Wiggins could do cycling a huge favour in Britain by getting the yellow jersey today."

  86. 1226:  
    ABANDONMENT

    The official Tour website informs us that the average speed for the first hour's riding was 43.9km/h - the fastest so far this year. Meanwhile Saur-Sojasun rider Anthony Delaplace, who, if my memory serves me right was involved in a breakway on stage one, is the latest to quit the race. The Frenchman fell off the back of the peloton early doors today - hats off to the man for even starting though...he fractured his wrist in Friday's pile-up.

  87. 1218:  

    Want to see Garmin rider Tom Danielson's bike after Friday's crash that ended his Tour? BBC radio 5 live commentator Graham Jones has tweeted it for you.

  88. 1215:  

    La Planche des Belles Filles makes its debut on the Tour this year. Let's take a closer look at it. At 5.9km, it's not a particularly long ascent but some sections of the climb reach 14%. There is a ski station at the top and it's name translates to 'board of the pretty girls' - according to legend, a Swedish soldier engraved the epitaph to some local girls who drowned whilst fleeing him and his men in 1635.

  89. 1206:  
    GET INVOLVED

    John from Hereford, via text on 81111: "I can see Cadel Evans looking to take the yellow jersey in the mountains, possibly today, he knows Wiggo has the upper hand in time trials. Wiggins might have to defend in these mountain stages or will he attack too? Exciting stuff, Sanchez to win stage."

    Neil from Derbyshire, via text on 81111: "Schleck and others must attack today if they aren't too battered, I'm hoping for climbing fireworks on La Planche des Belles Filles!"

  90. 1204:  

    The leading septet are working together well and are seven minutes up the road already, making Riblon the virtual leader of the race.

  91. 1200:  

    Riblon has previous on mountain-top finishes. He was involved in a breakaway on stage 14 of the 2010 race in the Pyrenees and took advantage of general classifcation contenders Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck's game of cat and mouse to win at Ax-3 Domaines.

  92. 1154:  

    The escapees are three minutes, 30 seconds clear of the peloton. France's Christophe Riblon is the best-placed man in the general classification, he started the day five minutes, four seconds behind race leader Cancellara.

  93. 1151:  
    Graham Jones , Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator

    On Twitter: "Looking forward to this one, could be a few surprises today! Fancy Evans, Nibali for this one?" Graham will be in the commentary box with Peter Slater from 15:30 to provide their usual coverage of the last hour. I'll post a link a bit closer to the time, until then, you're stuck with me I'm afraid.

  94. 1148:  
    BREAKAWAY

    After several foiled attempts, an escape group finally manages to move clear. Cyril Gautier of Euskaltel, Christophe Riblon of AG2R, Rabobank's Luis Leon Sanchez, Chris Anker Sorensen of Saxo Bank, Astana's Dmitry Fofonov, Martin Velits of Omega Pharma Quick-Step and Orica GreenEdge's Michael Albasini are the seven men in the lead.

  95. 1141:  

    We are heading into the Vosges today - the mountainous region in the north-east of France, close to the German and Swiss borders - there are two very similar category three climbs, both are 3.1km ascents with an average gradient of 6.4%. First up is the Col de Grosse Pierre at 112km, followed by the Col du Mont de Fourche at 150km. The final climb is a 5.9km trek up La Planche des Belles Filles at an average of 8.5%.

  96. 1133:  

    So, what's your take on the first week's racing? It's always nervy, there's always crashes but I can't remember a bigger one than Friday's. And what's going to happen today? Will Wiggo end the day in yellow? There's a distinct possibility because race leader Fabian Cancellara should struggle up the last climb of the day. Tweet me #bbccycling or text 81111 - remember to put your name and cycling on all texts please.

  97. 1125:  
    RIDER ABANDONMENTS

    Of the 198 riders that started the race six days ago, 182 are left pedalling. Euskaltel's Amets Txurruka, Garmin's Robbie Hunter, Hubert Dupont of AG2R, Rabobank's Maarten Wynants and Movistar duo Imanol Erviti and Jose Ivan Gutierrez were all missing at the sign-in this morning.

  98. 1119:  

    Team Sky's Mark Cavendish on Twitter: "Today we will see the (injury-free) yellow jersey contenders shine... first mountain top finish of this years Tour ‪#allezwiggo."

  99. 1116:  
    LIVE RACING

    The seventh stage is just getting under way. We visit the hills for the first time this year as we head into the Vosges. It's a 199km ride from Tomblaine to a summit finish at La Planche des Belles Filles.

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    The other four men forced to quit on Friday were Dutchman Wouter Poels of Vacansoleil, American Tom Danielson of Garmin, Italian Davide Vigano of Lampre and Spaniard Mikel Astarloza of Euskaltel.

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    Another rider also battling to be fit for the Olympic road race in London on Saturday, 28 July is Spain's Oscar Freire. The triple world road race champion broke a rib and punctured a lung in the crash. He is expected to be in hospital for at least three days. The Katusha rider is made of strong stuff though - he managed to complete the final 25km of Friday's stage.

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    Hesjedal, 31, added: "'It's very disappointing to leave the Tour this way. I was in good form and feeling comfortable. I'll go home, keep working with the medical staff on my recovery, and re-focus everything on the Olympics."

  103. 1104:  
    RIDER ABANDONMENT

    Millar's Garmin team-mate Ryder Hesjedal this morning becomes the sixth rider to pull out of the race as a direct result of the huge pile-up. The 2012 Giro d'Italia winner injured his left leg and hip in the accident and lost more than 13 minutes to the race leaders. Team doctor Prentice Steffen said "the injury would only be worsened if he tried to ride today".

  104. 1102:  

    Hello and welcome to stage seven of the Tour de France. Before we get into the meat of today's race into the Vosges, time for a bit more reaction to Friday's crash on the run-in to Metz and as Millar's tweet suggests, the riders are still a bit shaken up by it.

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    Britain's David Millar on Twitter: "Somebody partaking in the Tour de France knows they caused that crash. Whoever you are: THAT WAS NOT COOL."

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