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Chavanel Races to Lead - Evans Looks to Swap Rainbow for Gold
10 Jul, 2010

Stage seven of the Tour de France from Tournus - Station des Rousses over 165.5km was by far the most incredible performance I have seen Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel put in on the bike, Chav was simply brilliant and rode like a man possessed in search of the yellow jersey he lost only a few days earlier when a cobble stone or three along with a flying Cancellara ripped the golden fleece off his back.  Today with the final climb in sight the Quick Step pro went out in search of team mate Frank Pineau who was cleaning up the KOM points en route, it was to be a short acquaintance on the climb as Pineau whom had been off the front all day was cooked as Chavanel blew past him, and his tender timer popped leaving Chavanel to take his second stage of the tour and the yellow.

One man poised to take possession of the coveted jersey should stage seven's effort prove to be too much for Chavanel to recover from is Aussie Cadel Evans.  The current World Champion is having an impressive season and seems to be showing no effect of the "curse of the rainbow" past wearers of the Rainbow jersey have suffered from.  The BMC captain sits just 1.25 behind the Frenchman and of all the Tour favorites has spent the least energy during the first week.  Evans is no stranger to the Yellow jersey after wearing it two years ago in the Pyrénées, but a nasty crash on a downhill section put paid to his lead. He hid the consequences that his body sustained, but they caused him to lose the yellow jersey to Frank Schleck in Prato Nevoso and he couldn't get it back from Carlos Sastre in the final time trial.


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Chav gets the jersey back

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