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Tour of California 2012 Standings: Robert Gesink Narrowly Wins Stage 7, Takes Overall Lead

Dutchman Robert Gesink has snared the lead in the 2012 Tour of California after an impressive finish in the mountainous Stage 7. With Darwin Atapuma Hurtado close on his trail, Gesink finished with an impressive 3:37:08 finish, pushing his total time to a first-place 29:14:52.

With a 46-second deficit, David Zabrinske of the Colorado-based Garmin-Barracuda comes in at second place in the overall standings heading into the final stage. Here's a league at the Stage 7 top ten, courtesy of CyclingFans.com:

Stage 7 Results

Rank Name Nationality Team Result
1 Robert GESINK NED RAB 3:37:08
2 Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO COL COL +0
3 Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO COL COL +14
4 Joe DOMBROSKI USA BLS +18
5 Thomas DANIELSON USA GRM +26
6 Christopher HORNER USA RNT +38
7 Wilco KELDERMAN NED RAB +1:04
8 Tiago MACHADO POR RNT +1:06
9 Levi LEIPHEIMER USA OPQ +1:08
10 Tejay VAN GARDEREN USA BMC +1:22

And here is a look at the overall leaderboard after Stage 7:

General Classification

Rank Name Nationality Team Result
1 Robert GESINK Netherlands RAB 29:14:52
2 David ZABRISKIE United States GRM +46
3 Thomas DANIELSON United States GRM +54
4 Tejay VAN GARDEREN United States BMC +1:17
5 Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO Colombia COL +1:36
6 Levi LEIPHEIMER United States OPQ +2:13
7 Wilco KELDERMAN Netherlands RAB +2:30
8 Christopher HORNER United States RNT +2:49
9 Tiago MACHADO Portugal RNT +2:54
10 Pieter WEENING Netherlands OGE +3:05

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