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2011 Tour De France, Stage Seven Results: Levi Leipheimer's Tour Chances Take Disastrous Hit

The 2011 Tour De France completed its second longest stage with Mark Cavendish claiming his second stage win of the Tour. The seventh stage took the cyclists from Le Mans to Châteauroux on a fairly flat course that opened things up for the sprinters. The top of the leaderboard remained more or less the same with Thor Hushovd retaining the yellow jersey and Cadel Evans of Santa Rosa-based BMC racing in second place, one second off the lead.

The big news on the day was a crash in the final 30 kilometers. A sizable crash split the peloton with 60 riders in the frist group and a huge chunk in the second group. The crash ended Bradley Wiggins' Tour as he may have a broken collarbone. Santa Rosa-based Levi Leipheimer and his Radio Shack teammate Chris Horner both got stuck behind the accident and lost considerable time. Leipheimer finished 3:06 back of the front and now sits in 50th place 4:29 back of first.

Here are your Top 15 standings after seven stages:

Std Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. HUSHOVD Thor 51 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 28h 29' 27"  
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 28h 29' 28" + 00' 01"
3. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 28h 29' 31" + 00' 04"
4. MILLAR David 56 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 28h 29' 35" + 00' 08"
5. KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK 28h 29' 37" + 00' 10"
6. FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 28h 29' 39" + 00' 12"
7. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 28h 29' 39" + 00' 12"
8. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC - HIGHROAD 28h 29' 40" + 00' 13"
9. VELITS Peter 179 HTC - HIGHROAD 28h 29' 40" + 00' 13"
10. GESINK Robert 41 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 28h 29' 47" + 00' 20"
11. VINOKOUROV Alexandre 61 PRO TEAM ASTANA 28h 29' 59" + 00' 32"
12. GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 28h 30' 00" + 00' 33"
13. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 31 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 28h 30' 06" + 00' 39"
14. BARREDO Carlos 42 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 28h 30' 07" + 00' 40"
15. BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 28h 30' 30" + 01' 03"

We'll be here for the entire race providing news updates and stage previews and recaps, particularly as they relate to Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer. For more in-depth discussion on the 2011 Tour De France, head over to Podium Cafe. For more general Tour coverage, head over to the SB Nation story stream.