AURILLAC, France -- Luis-Leon Sanchez of Spain has won the seventh stage of the Tour de France.
Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg retained the yellow jersey as overall
leader after Friday's stage from Brioude to Aurillac.
Sanchez, of the Caisse d'Epargne team, was part of a group of
four riders who broke away before the major climb but were caught
toward the end of the race.
The Spaniard slipped away again a few kilometers from the end
and the cyclists behind failed to chase him down as they were
mostly concerned with beating each other.