The race is finally starting to shape up. The course was 29.5 kilometers around Cholet.
Gerolsteiner’s Stefan Schumacher won the stage in a time of 35.44 minutes and also took over the yellow jersey. As expected, Cadel Evans moved up and now sits just 21 seconds behind the leader. David Millar of the Garmin-Chipotle team finished second. Americans Christian Vandevelde finished in 6th place and George Hincapie finished 7th place. They’re now in 8th and 9th place. Tomorrow will be a flatter day and then Thursday will be a hilltop finish at Super Besse.