RadioShack's Tour de France went from bad to worse on stage 7 of the race with Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner both losing significant time. The American squad came into the race with four potential threats for GC but after seven days of racing only Andreas Klöden remains a realistic challenge, 10 seconds down on the yellow jersey.
Janez Brajkovic had been forced out of the race with concussion on stage 5, while Leipheimer had lost a minute yesterday due to a crash. On today's stage to Chateauroux, Horner and Leipheimer were both involved in a crash within the final 35 kilometers, with the former losing 3:06, and the latter lost over 12 minutes.
At the finish Leipheimer talked about the crash-effected first week of racing at the Tour de France but stressed that the team would be going all-out to support Kloden.
This year's race had started well for Lance Armstrong's former team. All four GC contenders had finished in the chase group behind Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) on stage 1, while the team had put in a robust but unspectacular performance to seal 6th place in the team time trial.
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