Gerdemann Leads Tour After 7th

German rider grabs yellow jersey after convincing win
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2007 5:35 PM CDT
Gerdemann Leads Tour After 7th
Stage winner Linus Gerdemann of Germany kisses his overall leader's yellow jersey on the podium of the 7th stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Bourg en Bresse and Le Grand Bornand, French Alps, Saturday, July 14, 2007. Gerdemann won the stage and took the overall lead on Saturday....   (Associated Press)

Linus Gerdemann, riding in his first Tour de France, won the 7th stage today, giving him the overall lead. The 24 year old, a member of Germany's T-Mobile team, holds a 1 minute 24 second lead over second place heading into tomorrow's stage 8, a grueling trek through the Alps. 

Gerdemann won the day with a dual-attack strategy, spending much of the race in a pack of 15 and then, at two separate, ultra-steep climbs, kicking into overdrive and riding away from his opponents. It's a big moment for German cycling, which has been hit hard with serial doping controversies in the past year.  (More Tour de France stories.)

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