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Stage 7 – Action At Last!

Bagnoles-de-l’Orne / Avranches 176 km

Australian Brad Magee (FdJ) won his first ever Tour stage today in a wild finish that saw all kinds of action in the final kilometers. What was expected to be another sprinting dash was completely turned upside down by a huge crash in the main peloton that took out stage hopeful and World Champion Oscar Freire, Francis Moreau (both finished the day but lost lots mintues), and a “nasty little climb” in the last 3 kilometers that left only the strongest sprinters gasping for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places. Even Armstrong had bike troubles after the crash and lost time on the day.

No one expected the climb to be as tough as it was, and it destroyed the chances of any team controlling the pack, and also blew most of the usual leadout men into the weeds. Magee was setting up to lead out his team’s fastman and fellow Aussie Baden Cooke, but found that his pace was so high he rode the bunch right off his wheel and scored a great victory.

Overall Once now controls the top 7 spots – when was the last time we saw that happen – but it’s still just shadow boxing until Monday’s TT.

Results Stage 6
1. MC GEE Bradley FDJ 4h 10′ 56″
2. KIRSIPUU Jaan A2R 00′ 00″
3. HORILLO Pedro MAP 00′ 00″
4. MC EWEN Robbie LOT 00′ 00″
5. ZABEL Erik TEL 00′ 00″

Results Overall
1. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor ONE 27h 39′ 59″
2. BELOKI Joseba ONE 00′ 04″
3. JAKSCHE Jorg ONE 00′ 12″
4. OLANO Abraham ONE 00′ 22″
5. NOZAL Isidro ONE 00′ 27″
6. AZEVEDO Josй ONE 00′ 28″
7. SERRANO Marcos ONE 00′ 30″
8. ARMSTRONG Lance USP 00′ 34″
9. HAMILTON Tyler CST 00′ 53″
10. PERON Andrea CST 00′ 53″

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