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90km - Bouygues Telecom general manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau: "Since the start of the Tour we have had one strategy: to get involved in breakaways on stages which are winnable. Despite everything, the riders are super-motivated. They are pleased at having avoided all the crashes so far."

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78km - The escapees are approaching the second intermediate sprint of the stage at Soligny-les-Etangs. Of the group, Sylvain Chavanel is best-placed in the general classification (23rd, 56 seconds behind Cancellara), followed by Sprick (53rd, at 1'08"), Verdugo (77th, at 1'14"), Flecha (98th, at 1'18") and Knees (102nd, at 1'20").

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68km - Of the escapees, Rabobank man Juan Antonio Flecha is the only one to have won a stage of the Tour de France. His victory came in Toulouse in 2003. He celebrated his victory by doing an impression of an archer. The name Flecha means "arrow" in Spanish, as Bryan van den Bos points out.

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65km - Eric Boyer, general manager of Cofidis: "It's difficult for a breakaway to keep going until the end of the stage. Yuo need a lot of riders working together for that to happen. As regards Sylvain [Chavanel], he is making progress with his climbing but is still not in the position to play a major role. I'd prefere him to target a stage victory. Last year, he had a bit of a cold in Montelimar, but I was pleased with his attitude."

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