Froome takes superb stage win as teammate Wiggins claims Tour yellow

Chris Froome crosses the line in triumph to win the seventh stage of the 2012 Tour de France.

Story highlights

  • Team Sky's Chris Froome wins seventh stage of the Tour de France
  • His teammate Bradley Wiggins takes over in the yellow jersey
  • First hill top finish of the 2012 race proves decisive
  • Defending champion Cadel Evans finishes second on stage
Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome won a pivotal seventh stage of the Tour de France Saturday as his teammate Bradley Wiggins took over in the race leader's yellow jersey.
Froome, a noted climber, showed his ability on a steep finish at La Planche des Belles Filles after 199km from Tomblaine.
Despite setting a relentless pace in the final two kilometers, Froome still had the reserves to sprint past defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans and finish two seconds clear on the line.
Australia's Evans came in second with Team Sky leader Wiggins on his wheel, the race favorite replacing Fabian Cancellara in first place in the overall standings.
BMC star Evans is 10 seconds back in second with Vincenzo Nibali of Italy (Liquigas) a further six seconds adrift.
Nibali came in fourth on the stage with Rein Taaramae of Estonia a fine fifth for Cofidis.
But on the final climb a number of other leading contenders lost more time as Team Sky, with Michael Rogers, Richie Porte and then Froome, set a ferocious pace at the front.
Froome, who finished second in last year's Tour of Spain, has moved up to ninth in the standings after his magnificent ride and will be left to regret the time he lost to a puncture on an earlier stage.
He will be a key support rider for Wiggins, who is bidding to become the first British rider to win cycling's most famous race.
"We're in the driving seat," Wiggins told Eurosport.