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France's Brice Feillu wins stage, Nocentini in yellow

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-07-11

Frenchman Brice Feillu (Agritubel) won the seventh stage of the Tour de France from Barcelona to Andorra-Arcalis, as Lance Armstrong failed to snatch the yellow jersey taken by Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini.

Italian Rinaldo Nocentini took the Tour de France yellow jersey on Friday, after the 224km seventh stage of the race was won by Frenchman Brice Feillu.

Feillu, who's racing in the Tour for the first time and the brother of Agritubel teammate Romain, challenged a nine-strong group of frontrunners 5.8km from the finish of the first mountain stage of the race.

A second peloton (group of riders), which including all favourites at that point, trailed the frontrunners by around five minutes.

And after a first attack from two-time Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans, the Astana team of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador quickly took things in hand.

Evans' brief acceleration was easily countered by Armstrong, and after an attempt by the Australian's teammate Jurgen Van den Broeck, Contador flew away from the group and went on to finish the race on his own.

It was initially announced that the Spaniard, the 2007 champion, had done enough to take the yellow jersey after he came over the finish line 3:26 behind Feillu and ahead of Armstrong's group. However, the honour eventually went to Nocentini, who rides for the French AG2R team.

Contador's move, nevertheless, moved him up to second place overall, replacing Armstrong as the biggest threat to the yellow jersey.

Overnight leader Fabian Cancellara of the Saxo Bank team dropped down the overall standings after struggling to keep pace with the chasing peloton early on the slopes of the 10.1km climb to the summit of Arcalis.


Provisional result and standings after the seventh stage:


1. Brice Feillu (France / Agritubel ) 6hrs 11mins 31secs
2. Christophe Kern (France / Cofidis ) +5"
3. Johannes Froehlinger (Germany / Milram ) +25"
4. Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy / AG2R ) +26"
5. Egoi Martinez (Spain / Euskaltel ) +45"
6. Christophe Riblon (France / AG2R ) +1:05"
7. Jerome Pineau (France / Quick-Step ) +2:32"
8. Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spain / Caisse d'Epargne ) +3:14"
9. Alberto Contador (Spain / Astana ) +3:26"
10. Cadel Evans (Australia / Silence - Lotto ) +3:47"
11. Andy Schleck (Luxembourg / Saxo Bank )
12. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Garmin )
13. Frank Schleck (Luxembourg / Saxo Bank )
14. Levi Leipheimer (U.S. / Astana )
15. Lance Armstrong (U.S. / Astana )
16. Tony Martin (Germany / Columbia )
17. Denis Menchov (Russia / Rabobank )
18. Carlos Sastre (Spain / Cervelo )
19. Vladimir Karpets (Russia / Katusha )
20. Christian Vande Velde (U.S. / Garmin )
21. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Liquigas ) +3:57"
22. Franco Pellizotti (Italy / Liquigas ) +4:10"
23. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Belgium / Silence - Lotto )
24. Andreas Kloeden (Germany / Astana )
25. Sandy Casar (France / Francaise des Jeux ) +4:25"
26. Mikel Astarloza (Spain / Euskaltel ) +4:31"
27. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spain / Cervelo )
28. Vladimir Efimkine (Russia / AG2R )
29. Juan Manuel Garate (Spain / Rabobank )
30. Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands / Rabobank )

 


General rankings after seventh stage:

1. Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy / AG2R ) 25hrs 44mins 32secs
2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Astana ) +6"
3. Lance Armstrong (U.S. / Astana ) +8"
4. Levi Leipheimer (U.S. / Astana ) +39"
5. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Garmin ) +46"
6. Andreas Kloeden (Germany / Astana ) +54"
7. Tony Martin (Germany / Columbia ) +1:00"
8. Christian Vande Velde (U.S. / Garmin ) +1:24"
9. Andy Schleck (Luxembourg / Saxo Bank ) +1:49"
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Liquigas ) +1:54"
11. Jerome Pineau (France / Quick-Step ) +2:10"
12. Maxime Monfort (Belgium / Columbia ) +2:21"
13. Frank Schleck (Luxembourg / Saxo Bank ) +2:25"
14. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Liquigas ) +2:40"
15. Carlos Sastre (Spain / Cervelo ) +2:52"
16. Johannes Froehlinger (Germany / Milram ) +2:54"
17. Franco Pellizotti (Italy / Liquigas ) +3:03"
18. Cadel Evans (Australia / Silence - Lotto ) +3:07"
19. Egoi Martinez (Spain / Euskaltel ) +3:10"
20. Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg / Columbia ) +3:16"
21. Christophe Riblon (France / AG2R ) +3:20"

Date created : 2009-07-10

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