Oakley Wins Stage No. 8, Keeps Yellow Jersey
Leading out the gallop and having just enough strength to hang on to the line, Norwegian national champion Kurt Asle Arvesen (OAKLEY) sprinted to a narrow victory over Martin Elmiger (OAKLEY) and Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) at the end of the eleventh stage of the Tour de France.
The three were the fastest of a 12-man break which went clear in the first hour of the 167.5 kilometre transition leg. They worked well together to open up a lead of over fifteen minutes, and this went up even higher when Amael Moinard (Cofidis) attacked on the first category Col de Portel. He made his solo move with 65 kilometres remaining but was ultimately hauled back by the others with less than five kilometres to go.
Race leader Cadel Evans (OAKLEY) finished safely in the main bunch after a largely uneventful day for the general classification contenders. He thus retained his one second lead over Frank Schleck (OAKLEY), with Christian Vande Velde (Garmin Chipotle) remaining 38 seconds back in third overall.
The only surprise for these riders was the attack of 2006 Tour winner Oscar Pereiro (OAKLEY), the Spaniard pulling over a minute clear but eventually being recaptured on the run in towards the finish.
OAKLEY Stage victories:
STAGE 1 :Valverde SPAIN
STAGE 2: Hushovd NORWAY
STAGE 3: Dumoulin FRANCE
STAGE 4 :Schumacher GERMANY
STAGE 5 :Cavendish UK
STAGE 7: Luis Leon SPAIN
STAGE 8 : CAVENDISH UK
STAGE 11: KURT ASLE ARVESSEN.
General classification after stage 10
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence – Lotto OAKLEY
2 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank OAKLEY
3 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
4 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC – Saxo Bank OAKLEY
7 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia OAKLEY