Saturday July 7th, 2012

Stage 7Tomblaine / La Planche des Belles Filles

Start 12h15 GMT 2+

And now, defend...

Sporting stakes08.07.2012Stage 7- Tomblaine / La Planche des Belles Filles

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 casualty of Kanstantsin Sivtsov) with such panache that it will almost frighten the other teams from trying anything against them. Cadel Evans, however, showed that he's willing to take them on and he offered a glimpse of his form with his impressive ride up the final climb of stage seven. But even when he tried, he was overtaken by another Sky rider. It reminds us that he can't wait until the last minute.
As impressive as it was, the fact that Wiggins now leads the Tour puts plenty of responsibility on the Sky team and this could become particularly stressful as there's still a long way to go to Paris. He has demonstrated that his troops are up to the task at several races already this season but this is the first time they're defending the lead of the Tour de France... it's a daunting task by they seem ready to manage the volley of shots that is likely to come from other favorites.

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