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

Tour de France stage seven: Dylan Groenewegen wins

Tour de France stage seven: Dylan Groenewegen wins

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won stage 7 of the Tour de France after he delivered a powerful sprint to beat Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the bunch finish in Chartres.

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 a year ago.

"I'm happy with that, " Sagan said. "I needed to change wheel and chase to the finish as hard as possible but it was very difficult".

The 231km stage from Fougeres to Chartres saw multiple breakaway attempts, but on a flat route with occasional crosswinds, none seemed likely to stick - not least because the majority were undertaken by lone riders.

"I knew I wouldn't make it back so it was about limiting the time loss", Dumoulin said.

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.

Thomas picked up two bonus seconds during the stage, and left Froome in his wake on the final climb as he rode away from the reigning champion with a group of the other favourites.

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Days like these are referred to as "transfer" stages, for moving the Tour from one area to the next - from Brittany to north-central France in this case, as the race winds toward Sunday's highly awaited cobblestoned leg to Roubaix near the Belgian border. Dumoulin is one more second behind.

170 riders started Stage 6 but it was Martin who triumphed despite taking an almighty gamble to sprint for the front.

"I could see Latour coming".

Today he certainly made good on his threat.

Greg Van Avermaet remained in the yellow jersey, extending his lead over Geraint Thomas to six seconds by claiming the three-second in-stage time bonus. Van Avermaet said. "But everyone kind of enjoyed it - the first day we could really relax".

Last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran was 11 seconds behind Martin but it was worse for French hope Romain Bardet, who ended up 31 seconds off the pace after having to swap bikes with a teammate following a mechanical problem just before the last climb.

The Welshman has been given free reign by Team Sky in the first week to race with Froome for the yellow jersey, although will be expected to revert to the role of super-domestique after the first rest day after stage nine.

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