Tour de France Stage 7 enters mountains, ski resorts await cyclists

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 11, 2010 12:05 am

The Tour de France completed Stage 7 on Saturday as Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel took his second stage of the Tour and secured the overall leader’s spot. As expected, all the top contenders – Lance Armstrong, Frank Schleck, Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans – neither gained nor lost time against one another.

Chavanel finished the 103-mile trip from Tournus to Station des Rousses, a ski destination, in 4 hours, 22.52 minutes.

Station des Rousses Ski Area

Several riders believe that Astana and Alberto Contador will execute some sort of attack in Sunday’s more rigorous Stage 8 from Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz. Included in the route are five rated climbs, and the day will offer a shot for overall contenders to test both themselves and their competitors.

Lance Armstrong said the key place for attacking Sunday might come in the second-to-last climb to the finish in Morzine-Avoriaz, at the Col de la Ramaz.

Stay tuned as these riders continue their tour of the Alps best ski areas in the stages to come.