Saturday, July 14, 2007
Linus Gerdemann Takes The Yellow Jersey
Linus Gerdemann of T-Mobile dominated the finale of stage seven to Le Grand-Bornard. The 24 year-old German attacked with 10 kilometres to go up the fan-packed Colombière pass and was able to hold his advantage on the descent to win the race and take the race leader's Maillot Jaune. Iñigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and David De La Fuente (Saunier Duval-Prodir) finished the 197.5-kilometre stage second and third at 42" and 1'42".
The GC favourites, including Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Christophe Moreau (Ag2r Prévoyance), Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) and even a bandaged Alexander Vinokourov (Astana), finished 3'38" back. The rider from Münster will start stage eight to Tignes with 1'24" over Spaniard Landaluze.