Quick Step rider France's Sylvain Chavanel rode into the seventh stage of the Tour De France with an eye on reclaiming the leader's yellow jersey on Saturday, but he'd try to do it in the tour's first mountain-climbing stage.
The Tour de France riders received their first feel of the mountains in a short 165.5-kilometre ride from Tournus to the French-Swiss ski resort of Station des Rousses.
The first mid-mountains stage wound its way through the Jura Mountains north of the Alps. It featured six climbs including three second category challenges. The teams lost the most time in the treacherous first three stages of the race.
Chavanel overtook team-mate Jerome Pineau to take the lead on the 15.7-kilometre Col de la Croix de la Serra. He made a decisive move with only a handful of kilometers to go in the race.
The Frenchman enjoyed support from of a partisan road-side crowd, and he finally celebrated his second win of the 2010 Tour. Chavenel crossed the finish line and took the third Tour stage win of his career.