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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 July 2007, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Tour de France - stage seven photos

France's Cyril Dessel signs autographs for fans before the start of stage seven

Cyril Dessel signs autographs before the 197.5 km stage seven, which sees the riders heading into the Alps

Team Astana

The Astana team are in for a tough day with the race's first category one climb ahead, over the Col de la Colombiere

Riders on stage seven

The field spreads out over the Cote de Corlier as riders start to feel the heat and a small group breaks from the pack

Tom Boonen in the green jersey

Tom Boonen takes the first sprint of the day but the peloton gradually closes on the leaders as the gradients increase

David de la Fuente leads the breakaway

David de la Fuente collects points at the head of the break, summiting first at the Cote de Cruseilles and Cote de Peguin

Spectators line the route

Spectators line the route as the Tour winds its way onwards towards the foothills of the Col de la Colombiere

Riders in the Alps

The injured Andreas Kloeden and Alexandre Vinokourov are off the leaders but manage to hang in there on the ascents

Michael Boogerd covers himself in water

The heat and the hills prove tough going but Dmitriy Fofonov and Linus Gerdemann strike out on the last climb

Linus Gerdemann wins stage seven

Gerdemann tops the Col de la Colombiere in front and holds on for his first stage win on the Tour de France

Inigo Landaluze

Inigo Landaluze is hot on the heels of the flying German on the final descent but can't close the gap and places second

Linus Gerdemann takes the yellow jersey

Gerdemann moves to first in the overall standings and takes the yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara



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