Tour de France Stage 7 Results

Florence Fletcher
July 13, 2019

"He's a very good sprinter, but today I could beat him and I'm very happy with this result", the victor said at the finish". "He's a real added value to our team and I am honestly very happy that he will stay with us".

The bee coloured train took over from Ineos at the front with three killometres to go once Bernal and Thomas were out of danger.

The Jumbo-Visma rider, who crashed heavily in the opening stage in Brussels, beat Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Slovak Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) into second and third, respectively.

After a final technical hairpin bend, the 230-kilometre stage featured a 1.6-kilometre path to the finish that gave pure sprinters a flawless opportunity to shine.

Italian sprinter Elia Viviani was led out by his teammates but lacked speed as he dropped out of contention.

And it was Ewan who pushed the stage victor all the way, Groenewegen only just holding off the Australian.

Ciccone was grateful that stage 7 was raced at a steady pace, with the sprinters' team keeping in check the two-rider attack by Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) and Yoann Offredo (Wanty Gobert).

The day also signalled the end of Romain Bardet's hopes after the Frenchman, twice a podium finisher on the Tour, lost over a minute and now lags more than two minutes behind Thomas.

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But all eyes were on the overall contenders in the 7km final climb at an average gradient of 8.7% that featured a final gravelled section where standing up on the pedals - a usual position for the pure climbers - was nearly impossible.

Giulio Ciccone leapt 41 places up the general classification standings to move into a narrow lead over Julian Alaphilippe (pictured).

Pinot, who grew up 30 kilometres from the summit finish, was right on Thomas's tail, losing just a couple of seconds to the champion.

Squeezed between the crossing of the Vosges and Massif Central mountains, the 230-kilometre trek took the peloton from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone in central-east France.

The cyclists rode from Mulhouse, to La Planche Des Belles Filles in Stage 6.

Now riders face the eighth stage from Macon to Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

On Friday, Bernal and the rest of the peloton got to know about headwinds which only extended the longest stage of the Tour.

Ireland's Nicolas Roche lost focus and fell off his bike without any injuries while American Tejay van Garderen, once a Tour overall contender, suffered damages in a crash early on.

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