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Mark Cavendish stays clear to win stage

Updated: July 8, 2011, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

CHATEAUROUX, France -- Finally, the mountains.

After seven days of narrow, sinewy roads and sometimes fierce rain, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck await a change of scenery. They made it through the crash-marred first week of the Tour de France relatively unscathed. Although the hills in Saturday's eighth stage are far less daunting than the climbs to come in the Pyrenees and Alps, they will be a welcome sight.

"It will be a relief after several nervous and dangerous stages," Schleck ...

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