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Chavanel retakes yellow jersey

Updated: July 10, 2010, 4:39 PM ET
Associated Press

LES ROUSSES, France -- Sylvain Chavanel recaptured the Tour de France's lead on Saturday by winning the hot and humid seventh stage as the main title contenders bided their time in anticipation of the upcoming Alpine climbs.

Chavanel raised a fist in joy as he completed the 101-mile run from Tournus to Station des Rousses that featured six low- to mid-grade climbs, crossing in 4 hours, 22 minutes, 52 seconds. The Quick Step rider also won the second stage.

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