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July 10, 2004

Stage 7: 204.5 km Chateaubriant to Saint-Brieuc

Three intermediate sprints at 52.5 km, 71.5 km, and 129.5 km. Stuart O'Grady, who's lost a few meters in the final sprint, will need to contest some intermediate sprints to offset Robbie McEwen's likely advantage in the stage finish, if he wants to keep the green jersey.

There are two 1-km climbs rated category 4 and category 3 today, so there's a chance someone might sneak into the polka-dots, but I doubt any of the real climbers will be interested yet; there are a lot of mountain points a few days out. Update: Nope, Richard Virenque went after the single point for 3rd place at the first climb today, but Brioches la Boulangere's Jerome Pineau pipped him at the line.

Starting Stage 7, it's:

m_jaune.gif Thomas Voeckler (Brioches la Boulangere)

m_vert.gif Stuart O'Grady (Lotto-Domo)

m_pois.gif Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Davitamon)

m_blanc.gif Thomas Voeckler (worn by Sandy Casar - Fdjeux.com)

Jimmy Engoulvent of Cofidis is wearing the red race numbers of most agressive rider for his part in yesterday's breakaway.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 10, 2004 in Top Stories | Permalink


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