Ryder & Robbie Out, Sky High, Menchov & Vaughters' Comments.

Sky High!
Froome and Sky had the power to win the stage and put Wiggins in yellow.
Evans had a fantastic second place and moves up to second overall!
Froome also wears the KOMs jersey.

Devastating for Ryder Hesjedal, his team and his legions of fans, as he DNS for stage 7. 

In fact, I was surprise as I sat to watch the live feed and first learned of the news off Twitter. As I watched the duration of the first mountain stage to La Planche des Belles Filles I couldn't help but lament not seeing Ryder in the race, and what he could've done on today's race.

It was a good decision for him to pack it in and go rest and come back even stronger for the London Games. That's his new goal now, to heal and get back on track for the Olympics. Sprinter, Robbie Hunter was another DNS and important pilot fish for the injured Tyler Farrar. Even, Farrar is questionable to start tomorrow's stage 8. What was uplifting and spirited was the numerous pushes for the injured Johan Van Summeren from different riders up the painful climbs... definitely a brotherhood of riders here.

From Ryder's website, clearly appreciative to his fans and encouraging for what lies ahead...

Just want to tell everyone I am really touched by all the kind words and well-wishes. I am extra motivated to recover as soon as possible and take on the rest of the season! Next stop London!!

Vaughters comments on what caused the crash.

One rider to watch, if you can, is Denis Menchov. He's the rider hard to spot but works silently behind the scenes. Today he was 9th 50s but importantly lies in 5th overall at 54s. The three time Grand Tour champion is not called the Silent Assassin for nothing!

Stage 7:  Tomblaine-La Planche des Belles Filles 199km.

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