Stage 7: Le Mans to Chateauroux
Highroad to Second Stage win
Highroad's Mark Cavendish celebrates on the finish line as he takes his second stage in this Tour and the 17th of his career.
Bradley Wiggins holds his left shoulder after crashing. The injury forced him to pull out of the Tour.
The angle is such that a head-om collision appears imminent as Mickael Delage, Pablo Urtasun Perez, Yannick Talabardon and Gianni Meersman pass by roadside fans.
Tom Boonen (L) is in his team car after he pulled out of the Tour during the seventh stage. The Belgian and Quick-Step team member was injured during the fifth stage.
Overall leader Thor Hushovd (L) chats with France's Thomas Voeckler early in the stage
The pack rode early under a picturesque sky.
Well, you may not want to ride this bike. But it was certainly a neat roadside decoration during the stage.
Fabian Cancellara is in a good mood after being greeted by adoring fans prior to the start.
Chase is on
Euskatel riders appear as though they are being chased from above.
Left to right: Pablo Urtasun Perez, Yannick Talabardon and Gianni Meersman ride ahead of team cars in the breakaway.
Puddles remained from a rainy Stage 6 as the riders got their start in Stage 7.
Thor Hushovd (C) confers with teammate Tom Danielson (L) with Mickael Delage at right.
Mark Cavendish (L) rides with HTC-Highroad teammates.
A French television cameraman balances himself as he captures the peloton.
Bridging the stage
The pack passes through the village of Lavardin.