Tour de France Stage 7: Mostly Transitional, But With a Tricky Finish

16 July, 2018, 07:59 | Author: Amy Huff
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"My first thoughts are that I hope my wife hasn't gone into labour", smiled Martin as he caught his breath.

It then tumbled when Ag2r-La Mondiale and Trek-Segafredo dropped the hammer in crosswinds to temporarily cause splits - only for the whole race, Offredo included, to come back together with 90km remaining.

"I have my own style", he said when asked about his similarity to the veteran Manxman with 39 stage wins under his belt.

The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider, who won the final stage to Paris previous year, had by his own admission suffered a disappointing start to the 2018 Tour before his show of power to beat Gaviria into second and Peter Sagan into third. "With 200 meters (yards) to go I saw the gap and I was going to the finish line".

It was Martin's second Tour stage win after his first in 2013.

Van Avermaet, wearing the yellow jersey, then pulled to the front in a bid for the stage win as the finish line approached but peaked too early. "I managed to keep my sprint longer".

"It was very boring", said Sagan.

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Bullshit it it wasn't for kane we wouldn't have made it out of the group. "It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

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Van Avermaet still increased his overall lead over his BMC teammate Tejay van Garderen to two seconds by gaining precious time in an intermediate bonus sprint. What do the full standings at the 105th edition of the Tour look like after seven days of racing? "I was going from a good position and the legs were good so it was a flawless day".

"I'd like to thank Greg (Van Avermaet) because he did me a favour when he went for it, I don't know if he did it on goal but he dropped a lot of people", said Sagan, who has tightened his grip on the points classification's green jersey.

Stage 8 on Saturday covers a slightly more challenging terrain over 181 kilometers from Dreux to Amiens but again should set up well for sprinters.

Watch the stage 7 highlight video from the Tour de France above.

The pack leaves Fougeres, rear, during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 231 kilometers (143.5 miles) with start in Fougeres and finish in Chartres, France, France, Friday, July 13, 2018.

Bardet now trails Froome by 43 seconds while Team Sky will also be able to play the Geraint Thomas card as the Welshman, who won the Criterium du Dauphine last month, sits in third place overall 59 seconds ahead of the four-times Tour champion.

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