Chavanel wins Stage 7 at Tour de France

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, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

LES ROUSSES, France - France's Sylvain Chavanel rode to a solo victory Saturday in Stage 7 of the Tour de France, the first mountain stage of the race, to reclaim the yellow jersey.

Chavanel had ridden to a solo win Monday in a crash-filled Stage 2 to grab the coveted jersey from Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara. However, he lost it back to Cancellara the following day as he struggled with multiple flat tires on the cobblestoned sections of Stage 3.

On Saturday, Chavanel took the yellow jersey back from Cancellara as he attacked on the day's final climb on the way to victory. He finished the 165.5-kilometer stage in four hours, 22 minutes and 52 seconds.

While the yellow jersey changed hands again, there was no shakeup among general classification contenders. Alberto Contador, Lance Armstrong and Andy Schleck, among others, finished in a large group that crossed the finish line 1:47 behind Chavanel.


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