Stage 7: Bury St Edmunds - Colchester 151km

By Robert Lampard, Cyclingnews.com

Friday, September 17, 2010 6.30pm

Albasini remains race leader

Another flat, fast stage in the East of England saw Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) go one place better than he did yesterday, when he was runner-up to Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia), and win the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain in a bunch finish in the town of Colchester.

The Slovenian, who rides for the revelation of this year's Tour of Britain, Vacansoleil, averaged 27.8mph for the 95-mile stage, which did nothing to change the overall leadership of Michael Albasini (HTC-Columbia). However, Albasini's team did lose 21 seconds on the stage to his nearest rival, stage winner Bozic. Finishing in 20th place, Albasini lost 11 seconds to Bozic, who also gained the 10-second time bonus for winning the stage.

With a 52-mile criterium tomorrow around the docklands of London, the Swiss rider Albasini, who has held the yellow jersey since stage 3 in Swansea, when he won the rain soaked stage, is unlikely to loose the jersey he has held for four days.

Today, in comparison, the stage was held in glorious sunshine on the roads of Constable country on the stage from Bury St Edmunds to the ancient Roman town of Colchester. The formula for the day was pretty simple: two riders go away, the bunch doesn't really bother chasing because it realises the breakaway is forlorn, but starts chasing towards the end and reel them in.

The two riders in question were Tom Murray of Sigma Sport-Specialized and Pieter Jacobs of Topsport Vlaanderen. The two teams doing most of the chasing were, once again, Sky Professional Cycling Team and Team HTC-Columbia.

The pair went off the front after 21 miles of racing and built up a maximum lead over seven minutes. The British rider Murray was caught 15 miles before the finish while his day long breakaway companion, the Belgian Jacobs, carried on until just three miles before the line when the then-racing bunch swallowed him up.

With three third category climbs along the way which were little more than bumps for the Grand Tour riders, it was the finish to the climb that proved the most challenging. It was difficult for teams to organise a lead-out up the short, sharp ascent to the finish so it was a free-for-all that saw Bozic doing a two-up sprint with second place Greg Henderson (Team Sky) who finished on the same time. However, the third placed rider, Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank) lead in the rest of the bunch three seconds behind.

King of the Mountains leader Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) doesn't need to wait until tomorrow to be crowned victor as there are no climbs on tomorrow's London circuit. The sprints jersey leader is Michael Golas, also of Vacansoleil. Henderson is still in the points leader's jersey.

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STAGE 7 RESULTS

1 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3:24:15  
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:03  
4 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri Giambenini    
5 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
6 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Motorpoint-Marshalls Pasta    
7 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
8 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing 0:00:06  
9 Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing    
10 Zak Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp    

General classification after stage 7

1 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 27:26:40  
2 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:05  
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:14  
4 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:01:16  
5 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:32  
6 Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD - Neri Giambenini 0:02:12  
7 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:02:30  
8 Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing 0:02:32  
9 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:02:35  
10 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:03:31

Points classification after stage 7

1 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 62 pts
2 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 57  
3 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 50  
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 39  
5 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 38  
6 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 38  
7 Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing 32  
8 André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 30  
9 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 28  
10 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 26  

Mountains classification after stage 7

1 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 56 pts
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 45  
3 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 31  
4 Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD - Neri Giambenini 24  
5 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 23  
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 23  
7 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 21  
8 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 17  
9 Michael Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 15  
10 Iker Camano (Spa) Endura Racing 13

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