Stage 7: Live updates throughout the stage

5:53p.m. (local time) We just finished speaking with John Vande Velde, the father of U.S. Postal Sevice rider Christian Vande Velde. He says that his son has apparently suffered a fractured left arm, contusions on his neck and a possible concussion. Vande Velde was wearing a helmet when he struck a post after missing a turn earlier in the stage. He recovered enough to get back on his bike, but realized his injuries were serious enough to warrant medical attention and then withdrew from the Tour. We'll try to update you as soon as we know more. The senior Vande Velde, just back from the

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By VeloNews Editorial Staff

5:53p.m. (local time) We just finished speaking with John Vande Velde, the father of U.S. Postal Sevice rider Christian Vande Velde. He says that his son has apparently suffered a fractured left arm, contusions on his neck and a possible concussion.

Vande Velde was wearing a helmet when he struck a post after missing a turn earlier in the stage. He recovered enough to get back on his bike, but realized his injuries were serious enough to warrant medical attention and then withdrew from the Tour.

We’ll try to update you as soon as we know more.

The senior Vande Velde, just back from the opening week of the Tour, is scheduled to catch another plane to France and join his son in the hospital.

5:35p.m. (local time) Well, it’s been a big day at the Tour de France and after the success of that five man break, we have a dramatically altered picture of the overall standings.

1.VOIGT Jens GER, C.A, 29:51:29; 2. JALABERT Laurent FRA, CSC, at 02:34; 3. O’GRADY Stuart AUS, C.A, at 04:03; 4. JULICH Bobby USA, C.A, at 04:26; 5. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor ESP, ONC, at 05:00; 6. BELOKI Joseba ESP, ONC, at 05:10; 7. SASTRE Carlos ESP, ONC, at 05:11; 8. JAKSCHE Jorg GER, ONC, at 05:15; 9. MOREAU Christophe FRA, FES, at 05:20; 10. GUTIERREZ Ivan ESP, ONC, at 05:23; 11. SERRANO Marcos ESP, ONC, at 05:26;

Here are the top 20 from today’s stage:

1. JALABERT Laurent FRA, CST, 162.5km in 4:06:04; 2. VOIGT Jens GER, C.A, at 00:11; 3. ROUX Laurent FRA, DEL, at 00:11; 4. CUESTA Inigo ESP, COF, at 00:13; 5. BASSO Ivan ITA, FAS, at 01:36; 6. ETXEBARRIA David ESP, EUS, at 04:28; 7. VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ, TEL, at 04:28; 8. BROCHARD Laurent FRA, DEL, at 04:28; 9. TOSATTO Matteo ITA, FAS, at 04:28; 10. BOUYER Franck FRA, BJR, at 04:28; 11. O’GRADY Stuart AUS, C.A, at 04:28; 12. BETTINI Paolo ITA, MAP, at 04:28; 13. SIMON François FRA, BJR, at 04:28; 14. GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP, KEL, at 04:28; 15. MIKHAILOV Guennadi RUS, LOT, at 04:28; 16. BALDATO Fabio ITA, FAS, at 04:28; 17. BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS, A2R, at 04:28; 18. WADECKI Piotr POL, DFF, at 04:28; 19. BOUVARD Gilles FRA, DEL, at 04:28; 20. VERHEYEN Geert BEL, RAB, at 04:28;

Check back for complete results, overall standings, a post-race wrap-up by VeloNews’s Bryan Jew, analysis by John Wilcockson, a tech up-date from Lennard Zinn and Fred Rodriguez’s rider diary coming up here on VeloNews.com

5:16p.m. (local time) Jalabert has made the hosts of this Tour quite happy. It’s the second time that he — a Frenchman — has won a Tour stage on Bastille day, repeating a feat he pulled off in 1995. This is, of course, Jalabert’s second stage winof this Tour.

Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) is the new yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He finished the stage in second place.

The main field finished more than 4:30 after Jalabert and company finished this stage.

5:15p.m. (local time) Happy Bastille Day!

Laurent Jalabert wins his second stage of the 2001 Tour de France!

5:13p.m. (local time) With 1km to go, Jalabert looks destined to win. He has a 14-second gap.

5:11p.m. (local time) With 4km to go, Jalabert still leads by 13 seconds.

No matter how this stage finishes, Voigt will be the new yellow jersey of the Tour.

5:09p.m. (local time) Jalabert has 11 seconds over Voight, Cuesta and Roux.

Basso chases at about 30 seconds.

5:06p.m. (local time) Laurent Jalabert has attacked out of the lead group. We might just see a French win on Bastille day!

The CSC rider has a 15-second advantage over his former breakaway partners — well three of them at least.

Basso has crashed, recovered and returned to his bike. He is chasing.

5:04p.m. (local time) The leaders are 12.5km from the finish and have an advantage of 3:49.

4:59p.m. (local time) The Postal team-driven chase has trimmed the lead to 3:53. The leaders have 15km to go to the finish.

4:49p.m. (local time) The five leaders — Laurent Roux (Jean Delatour), Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo), Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Jalabert (CSC) – have crested the final climb and are on their way down toward the finish in Colmar.

The order over the top: Jalabert; Voigt; Roux; Basso and Cuesta.

Jalabert has enough points to take over the polka-dot climber’s jersey.

The main field has crested 4:45 behind the leaders. The Postal team is setting tempo at the front of the main field, but it looks like the leaders are on their way to a stage win.

In case you’re interested…. check our VeloNews poll and offer your opinion as to who might win this stage.

4:45p.m. (local time) We just checked in with Postal Service spokesman Dan Osipow. There is still no word on Christian Vande Velde’s condition. We’ll try to update you as soon as we hear anything.

Vande Velde was able to remount his bike, but found that he could not continue to ride after his crash.

4:41p.m. (local time) The peloton is about 1km into the final climb, the Collet du Linge. The leaders have an advantage of 4:30.

After the summit it will be about 24.5km to the finish — almost all of it downhill.

Jalabert has rejoined the other leaders. All five seem destined to crest the summit together.

4:39p.m. (local time) The leaders are all on the slopes of the Collet du Linge. Jalabert is only about 10 seconds ahead of his former breakaway partners. He looks to be waiting — not really forcing the pace.

Back in the field, however, the Telekoms are forcing the pace. They have no trimmed their defecit to 4:30.

4:35p.m. (local time) On the descent, Laurent Jalabert has moved off the front of the lead group, pulling out all the stops as he moves on to the slopes of the final climb, the Category Collet du Linge.

Jalabert, by the way, earned the climber’s points on the top of the Category 2 Col du Calvaire.

The field is at 4:51.

4:30p.m. (local time) The leaders have crested the Col du Calvaire.

Finally, the chase in the peloton has begun. The Deutsche Telekom squad has moved to the front and are setting a hard tempo up the final kilometers of the climb.

They have already trimmed the escapees’ lead by 15 seconds. We are down to 5:27. Check the VeloNews Poll and make your best guess for the winner of today’s stage.

4:26p.m. (local time) With just 1km from the summit of the Col du Calvaire the five leaders — Laurent Roux (Jean Delatour), Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo), Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Jalabert (CSC) — have 5:32.

Hey, we’re looking for a bit of audience participation here. Check the VeloNews Poll and make your best guess for the winner of today’s stage.

4:18p.m. (local time) Laurent Roux (Jean Delatour), Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo), Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Jalabert (CSC) are now six kilometers from the summit of the Category 2 Col du Calvaire. They have a lead of 5:16 over the main field.

As of now, Voigt is the virtual leader of the Tour de France and if this break stays away – which appears to be increasingly likely – Voigt will take the jersey away from his teammate Stuart O’Grady.

O’Grady and the rest of his Credit Agricole teammates in the main field seem content to let the break go and no one else in the peloton is taking up the chase.

4:08p.m. (local time) Mapei’s Stefano Zanini pulled out earlier today. Lennard Zinn has checked with the Mapei squad. They report that Zanini is pulling out because of “accumulated fatigue.”

Looking ahead, the race has just 47km remaining. Nine of that is the remainder of the Category 2 Col du Calvaire.

Then after a rapid descent, the course goes up the Category Collet du Linge.

And then, it’s almost a straight shot down into Colmar.

With the peloton 4:54 back, it looks as though this lead group of five may have a good chance to take the stage.

Of course, that will keep Credit Agricole in the yellow jersey, but it will move from the shoulders of Stuart O’Grady to his teammate Jens Voight.

4:05p.m. (local time) 13km from the top of the Category 2 Col du Calvaire, the five leaders have an advantage of 4:30.

4:00p.m. (local time) Ivanov has caught Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Steve Vermaut — well, it looks more like the two eased off.

All three have slipped back to the main group which is now 4:15 behind the leaders.

3:54p.m. (local time) We are 18km from the summit of the Col d’ Cal 107km, the five leaders have an advantage of 2:32 over the two pursuers.

The main field is at 3:45 and it looks like the chase has slowd down.

In between the main field and the leaders, Fassa Bortolo’s Sergei Ivanov had attempted to bridge.

3:50p.m. (local time) We’ve spoken with Vande Velde’s family and Christian is on his way to the hospital to get his injuries checked out. We’ll try to get you an update as soon as possible.

3:41p.m. (local time)The leaders are now 2:35 ahead of the first portion of the peloton and another five seconds ahead of the second group that contains the yellow jersey.

3:31p.m. (local time) At 95km Laurent Jalabert, Basso, Cuesta, Voigt and Roux have an advantage of 2:40 over the field — which contains all of the Tour’s major players – Armstrong, Ullrich, O’Grady and others. With their advantage, Voight is now the overall leader on the road.

The Postal team are leading the chase.

3:31p.m. (local time) The five leaders have crested the Category 2. Col d’ Adelspach with an advantage of 1:21 over Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Steve Vermaut.

The field is at 2:30.

3:28p.m. (local time) At km 89 the Jalabert-led trio have joined Roux and Basso at the front.

Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Steve Vermaut are at 1:21 and the main field are now at 2:30.

3:24p.m. (local time) Vande Velde abandons the Tour.

Apparently Christian Vande Velde’s injuries were serious enough to force his withdrawal from the Tour. We will try to update you as soon as possible.

3:20p.m. (local time) At kilometer 85, Roux and Basso lead Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Jalabert (CSC) by 15 seconds. Etxebarria and Vermaut are now at 57 seconds.

The main field – which now includes the yellow jersey – is at 2:30.

3:15p.m. (local time) At kilometer 83, the time gap between the two leaders — Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) and Laurent Roux (Jean Delatour)– and the Jalabert led trio chasing them is 14 seconds.

Behind them, at 49 seconds are Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Steve Vermaut (Lotto). The main field is at 2:05.

3:12p.m. (local time) At kilometer 81 — about 10km from the summit of this Category 2 climb — the two leaders have 10 seconds on their three pursuers. The next pair of chasers is another 35 seconds back and the peloton — which has reformed — is at 1:04.

3:09p.m. (local time) Passing through the feed zone at km 79, the two leaders had a 10 second advantage on the Jalabert trio. Then two more chasers — Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Steve Vermaut (Lotto) — were another 10 seconds behind. The main field is at 1:04.

3:03p.m. (local time) Vande Velde is back on his bike. It took him a few minutes to recover, but he is riding again.

Meanwhile Roux and Basso have a 12-second advantage over three pursuers — Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Jalabert. The main field is another 26 seconds back.

Just as the main field passed through the last sprint section, the peloton slit into two major parts. Yellow jersey Stuart O’Grady is still in the second group, though his Credit Agricole teammates are working to bring him back to the lead.

We are now on the slopes of the Col d’ Adelspach.

3:03p.m. (local time)Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) and Laurent Roux (Jean Delatour) have attacked at the day’s second intermediate sprint and are now off the front.

At last report, Vande Velde was still on the side of the road. We have no other informatio.

2:59 p.m. (local time) Vande Velde crashes.

The U.S. Postal Service’s Christian Vande Velde has missed a turn and crashed at kilometer 72.No word yet on his condition or whether he is back on his bike.

2:57 p.m. (local time) The lead group – once as many as 14 riders – was caught with less than one kilometer remaining, by the peloton led by Jan Ullrich (Telekom).The results of the KOM points are 1. Alberto Lopez de Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi); 2. Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour); 3. Atienza (Cofidis); 4. Sevilla (Kelme) and 5. Andreas Klöden.

2:47 p.m. (local time) This is a clarification: Alberto Lopez de Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi)has been caught by Atienza and Cuesta from Cofidis, Telekom’s Andreas Klöden Paulo Bettini (Mapei), Santiago Blanco (iBanesto.com) and Dieter Rous (Bonjour).

2:41 p.m. (local time)Alberto Lopez de Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi), the man who earned the first climbing points of the day has attacked again and sped through the day’s first intermediate sprint.

Behind him, Bobby Julich (Credit Agricole) and 135. Nicolas Jalabert (CSC-Tiscali) take the next two spots. The four seconds earned by Julich in the sprint have put him in second place on GC, by the way.

2:35 p.m. (local time)The pace is still very, very high. The attacks have continued on the descent of the Col du Kreuzweg. Laurent Jalabert tried a brief foray, but that was quickly reabsorbed after he was joined by two others.

Rik Verbrugghe has been dropped on the descent, a trecherous and twisty affair, marked by several slippery patches where the rain that passed through here earlier in the day has yet to completely dry off.

2:32 p.m. (local time) Here are the results of the day’s first climber’s points awarded — on the Category 3. Col du Krezweg: 1. Lopez de Munain (Euskatel-Euskadi); 2. Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour); 3. Andrei Kivilev (Cofidis); 4. Stéphane Goubert (Jean Delatour) and 5. Michael Boogerd (Rabobank).

2:22 p.m. (local time)All of the leaders and their pursuers have been caught and the peloton has crested the summit of the Col du Kreuzweg.

2:22 p.m. (local time) The Spanish teams are still leading the chase. Three riders — 72. Daniel Atienza (Cofidis), Marco Pinotti (Lampre-Daikin) and Alberto Lopez de Munain (Euskaltel-Euskadi)– are 17 seconds behind the leaders. The main field is another seven seconds back.

We are nearing the summit of the Col du Kreuzweg and will be going down a steep, twisty descent and then almost immediately begin to go up the day’s second climb, the Category 3 Col du Fouchy. John Wilcockson says that road is shorter than the previous climb, “though steeper and much twistier.”

2:20 p.m. (local time) Four kilometers from the summit of the Col du Kreuzweg, the three leaders have had their advantage cut to just 20 seconds.

2:12 p.m. (local time) The Spanish teams – Kelme, Euskatel and iBanesto – are leading the chase on the lower slopes of the Col du Kreuzweg, a climb that peaks out at km 48.5.

Nicki Sørensen (CSC-Tiscali)made a brief and ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to bridge up to the leaders.

2:10 p.m. (local time) The three leaders — Fassa Bortolo’s Sergei Ivanov, David Millar (Cofidis) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) –are about 3.5km into the climb and they have an advantage of 47 seconds.

2:03 p.m. (local time) Stéphane Bergès (Ag2R-Prevoyance) has been caught by the main group and the three leaders still have a 50-second advantage as they near the base of the day’s first climb — the Category 3. Col du Kreuzweg.

1:58 p.m. (local time) The three leaders now have an advantage of 50 seconds over the peloton, though a lone pursuer — Stéphane Bergès (Ag2R-Prevoyance) — is off the front, attempting to bridge.

1:54 p.m. (local time) At 31km, as we near the day’s first climb, the lead group now has advantage of 37 seconds.

It’s a pleasant surprise to see Millar in this lead group. He’s been suffering quite a bit in the opening week — a big change from last year when he won the prologue and spent the opening days of the Tour in the yellow jersey.

VeloNews’s John Wilcockson asked Millar right after the team time trial on Thursday how his injured leg was and he offered a somewhat scatological description of its condition.

It appears that the only Brit in this Tour is feeling better.

1:50 p.m. (local time)Fassa Bortolo’s Sergei Ivanov and the Tour’s last-placed rider David Millar (Cofidis) have joined Brochard.

Millar has had an awful opening week, ever since his crash in the prologue.

1:45 p.m. (local time)The French theme of the day continues. Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) attacked one kilometer from the intermediate sprint at Obernai and crossed the line first. Back in the field, CSC’s Jakob Piil and Matteo Frutti (Lampre-Daikin) take the second and third spots.

But more importantly, the speed of the ensuing chase has now split the main peloton into two.

We are coming up on the day’s first climb — the Category 3. Col du Kreuzweg — in about 12 km. 1:32 p.m. (local time) Sorry folks. We had a bit of a computer crash, just as the attacks were starting. At kilometers 9, 13 and 16 attacks began and failed, but have resulted in a dramtically increased speed. VeloNews’s John Wilcockson reports that until those attacks began, the peloton was averaging about 30kph, but that speed has increased to well above 50kph at this point. We are now approaching the day’s first intermediate sprint at km 21.It is Bastille day, so it won’t come as big surprise that French riders have been especially active in thos early efforts. This new stage is short (162.5km); it plays out on terrain that begins to show some elevation, since it connects the Col du Kreuzweg at kilometer 48, the Col de Fouchy at kilometer 67, the Haut-de-Ribeauvillé hill at kilometer 88, the Col d’Adelspach at kilometer 90, the Col du Bonhomme at kilometer 118, the Col du Calvaire at kilometer 124, and, finally, at kilometer 138, the Collet du Linge (literally, “Laundry Hill”)

1:41 p.m. (local time) The French theme is holding — Brochard attacked going into the sprint at 21km. He takes the first.

1:36 p.m. (local time) We’ve coverd 6 kilometers thus far this morning and there have been no attacks.The UCI’s “vampires” appeared at team hotels this morning to test 44 riders on five teams (one of the tested squads, ONCE, is down to eight riders). While the UCI is relying on a French designed EPO test it also still uses the standard hematocrit test to control for EPO use. With a few exceptions – based on medical history – riders are commonly limited to a red-blood-cell count of 50 percent. Lampre, Big-Mat, ONCE-Eroski, Cofidis and Rabobank. Everyone came back with an acceptable level.

1:12 p.m. (local time) The peloton rolled beneath the starting arch at exactly 1:10 and they are now on their way to Colmar.

These opening kilometers are dead flat. The roads are lined with corn and barley fields and the small villages are marked by those distinctive German-style onion-domed churches. It’s beautiful and the riders can clearly see the upcoming climbs 35km away. The morning mist is just now lifting off of the hills.

In the VeloNews car, we’re have a bit of trouble controlling the man riding in the back seat. Former VeloNews correspondent Rupert Guiness – depite his Irish sounding name – is an Aussie and he’s been getting live updates from home on the status of the much anticipated rugby match between the Wallabies and the British Lions.

The Australians have apparently won the match 29-23. So it’s another excuse to force Guiness to buy the first round tonight. Of course, he’s already been obligated because of Stuart O’Grady’s days in yellow.

1:05 p.m. (local time) The peloton is approaching the start of today’s 162.5km stage from Strasbourg to Colmar. We should be out of the neutral zone and underway shortly.

Race radio reports this morning that Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Txema Del Olmo did not sign in this morning. He was apparently ill overnight, bring that team down to seven riders after the first week of the Tour de France. 12:55 p.m. (local time)

Good morning from Strasbourg. The peloton has left the starting village at the Avenue de l’Europe and this stage of the Tour de France will begin officially at the flying start in about 10 minutes.

The morning rain has cleared and it looks like the weather will be less of a factor today. Even the effects of the slight wind will probably be neutralized as we head into the tree-covered climbs which start in about 35km.

With three Category 3 and two Category 2 climbs, today should be a tough day. Telekom’s Kevin Livingston told us he views this as a potentially “dangerous (stage) and we’ll probably be chasing a lot.”

Jonathan Vaughters, a member of yellow jersey holder Stuart O’Grady’s Credit Agricole said he is unfamiliar with the climbs, but expects they may not be all that decisive.

“I’ve never raced in these mountains before, but I don’t think there will be any major breaks,” he told VeloNews’s John Wilcockson.

We’ll see who is right. Stay tuned.