CHALONS SUR MARNE, France — Johan Museeuw of Belgium replaced teammate Mario Cipollini of Italy as the overall leader in the Tour de France on Saturday with a third-place finish in the seventh stage.
Bjarne Riis of Denmark won the stage with a final sprint among a group of seven that had broken away early in the 124-mile section from Peronne to Chalons Sur Marnes in northeast France. He was timed in 4 hours 28 minutes 11 seconds. Maximilian Sciandri of Italy finished second, followed by Museeuw, both in the same time as the winner.
Cipollini, who, along with Museeuw, rides for GB-MG, finished 10th, 2:29 back.
In the overall standings, Museeuw has a 39-second lead over Alvaro Mejia of Colombia, who finished fourth Saturday.
"It's the most emotional event in my career," Museeuw said. "I have won three stages in the Tour, but a person doesn't take the yellow jersey often."
Riis was third overall, 1:11 behind, with Cipollini fourth, 1:21 back.
Riis, Sciandri, Mejia, Museeuw, Phil Anderson of Australia, Bruno Cenghialta of Italy and Leonardo Sierra of Venezuela were in a group that escaped from the main pack midway through the stage.