Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Dylan Groenewegen powers to victory on stage seven of Tour de France

Dylan Groenewegen powers to victory on stage seven of Tour de France

It was a first stage win of this Tour for the LottoNL-Jumbo rider and the second of his career after victory on the final stage in Paris past year.

Though the stage was billed as one that could change the yellow jersey holder, it is Van Avermaet who remains in the overall lead, having finished 12th, three seconds behind Martin.

"I came to this team to be the leader, and the pressure at the beginning of being the leader is why I didn't do so well in Spring", said Martin afterwards, "But there's a great feeling in the bus now, laughing and joking and this win is for them, they really looked after me".

"I'll have to get through the Alps and see how I am, see how Froomey is and go from there".

"I was afraid of the crosswinds and maybe it was adrenalin but the legs were there and it all worked out".

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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.

"I talked to everyone", Sagan said when asked how he passed the time after finishing third in the mass sprint which, with its uphill finish, suited him. It's also a huge win for UAE Emirates after what had become a very testing season.

"It was a boring stage, no wind, no stress just boring, I was talking to everybody", he said.

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Defending champion Chris Froome would lose eight seconds at the finish on rivals Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, Colombia's Nairo Quintana and Australia's Richie Porte.

Outside the AG2R team bus at the Tour de France starting line in Lorient on Wednesday there stood just seven warm-up bikes, with Axel Domont no longer needing his after a 70km per hour fall on the previous day's stage.

Jack Bauer of team Mitchelton-Scott finished the climb behind Skujins but then pushed on to build a gap of 20 seconds with 12 km remaining.

Dumoulin, the time trial world champion and 2017 Giro d'Italia victor, started the stage 44 seconds ahead of Froome, but finished just behind him.

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

The rest of the sprinters haven't really hit their form yet, but Sonny Colbrelli of Bahrain-Merida has produced two fine sprint efforts already on stages 2 and 5 and he's not been lacking in speed either on the flatter finishes.

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.

The upcoming seventh stage runs from Fougeres to Chartres.

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