Jul 10, 2010 5:30 PM by Jordan Mason

Chavanel wins Tour's 7th stage in mountains

LES ROUSSES, France (AP) - France's Sylvain Chavanel has won the seventh stage of the Tour de France and recaptured the yellow jersey as the race entered the mountains.

The Quick Step rider who also won the second stage raised a fist in joy as he completed the 101-mile route Saturday from Tournus to Station des Rousses ski station, with six low- to mid-grade climbs.

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara - who trailed behind - appeared set to lose the yellow jersey to Chavanel. The French rider began the stage fifth overall, 1:01 behind Cancellara.

The main race contenders, including 2009 winner Alberto Contador and seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, were near the front of the pack about two minutes behind.

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