Saturday July 7th, 2012

Stage 7Tomblaine / La Planche des Belles Filles

Start 12h15 GMT 2+

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video07.07.2012 in 23:00Summary of the race

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Summary of the race

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Stage summary07.07.2012 in 17:35Sky's guys rise up the rankings into first!

The race to La Planche des Belles Filles was destined to show who the genuine contenders for the overall title are and what we saw the end of stage seven was a display of climbing prowess from a team of champions that decimated the hopes of almost all others in the peloton. Team Sky was as brutal as it was efficient on the final climb. With Rogers eliminating all but a handful of others, he handed over the pace setting to compatriot Richie Porte who set such a pace that only four men could...

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video07.07.2012 in 16:00Interview - Yellow Jersey

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Sporting stakes08.07.2012 in 11:00And now, defend...

And now there's the mountains of the Vosges, the Jura and even more specifically the Swiss Jura now. The Tour is well and truly in climbing territory now and we've seen what we can expect from the British Sky team. The dominance by Bradley Wiggins and his team-mates going up the steep road to La Planche des Belles Filles was a confirmation of what many expected once the Tour got to the start of the second week.
Sky has made such an impression and survived the first week (save for the...

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interview07.07.2012 in 18:43Sky... has no limit

Sky Procycling has been the leader of the team classification since the prologue in Liège and it delivered another stunning blow at La Planches des Belles Billes in stage seven. Christopher Froome won the stage, Bradley Wiggins came third and took the yellow jersey and there are now three riders from the team in the top 10 overall: Wiggins, Froome and Richie Porte. The collective strength of the British team has somewhat killed the suspense with two weeks yet to go before the finish of the...

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interview07.07.2012 in 18:39Sagan: Vincenzo may get stronger

“Vincenzo [Nibali] has moved up to third place in the general classification and this is good for our team. Also, after the intermediate sprint I decided to take it easy and I came up the finish relatively easily but not trying to stay with the leaders.
“I'm not sure what Nibali has to do now to beat Wiggins. The Tour de France is a very long race and Vincenzo may get stronger in the second and third weeks.”

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interview07.07.2012 in 18:36Rein Taaramae: "I was able to complete successfully"

“It was horrible. I have sore legs and that climb was incredible. In the last 500 meters I lost 20 seconds. I do not really like it when it's too steep. But fortunately, the selection was already made, and I was able to complete properly. Fifth in the stage, it's not bad.”

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interview07.07.2012 in 18:34Froome: I decided to sneak away for the stage win

The winner of the stage was asked to comment on the last 400 meters of the climb as they were, according to the reporter, «terrible!» Christopher Froome just laughed and said, «They weren't that terrible.» He clearly can scale steep mountains like few in the world...

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interview07.07.2012 in 18:16Wiggins: I'm pleased we're in yellow

At the end of an impressive display of teamwork, one Sky rider won the stage and the leader took the yellow jersey. Bradley Wiggins explains how this is a day that he's been thinking of for quite some time.

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video07.07.2012 in 11:45Analysis of the stage

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Sporting stakes07.07.2012 in 11:00Using 'La Planche' as a launch pad

The first mountain stage of the Tour will be a complete contrast to the opening week and is was always going to be a different sort of rider who excels on the road to La Planche des Belles Filles. The peloton has been ravaged by crashes in recent days, especially the carnage that wiped out so many riders on the road to Metz. Still, some of the big pre-race favorites all survived the chaos and Wiggins, Evans, Menchov and Nibali are all still in contention for the podiumin Paris. Still many...

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video07.07.2012 in 10:30The day's route

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