Tour de France 2018 Recap and Results: Stage 7

Groenewegen outsprints Sagan and Gaviria

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen burst past Colombian sprint rival Fernando Gaviria to win the Tour de France seventh stage at the end of a 231 kilometer run from Fougeres to Chartres on Friday.  The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider, who won the final stage to Paris last year, beat Quick Step’s Gaviria into second place with Slovakian Peter Sagan (Bora) taking third.

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet, of BMC, retained the leader’s yellow jersey ahead of Saturday’s eighth stage.

French duo Arnaud Demare and Christophe Laporte were fourth and fifth respectively as the home nation were left empty-handed for the seventh day in succession.

With a notoriously difficult 90 degree bendl with 2 kilometers to go and speeds hitting 60 km/h, tensions were high over the closing kilometers as the sprinters’ teams jockeyed for position. But the peloton slowed and hostilities began with a ‘faux flat’ incline to the final 150 meters, with Sagan’s Bora, Gaviria’s Quick Step and the winner’s Lotto outfit prominent into the final stretch.

The peloton set off amid good racing conditions for the longest stage on the race, with a finish line opposite the 800-year-old cathedral of Chartres, a UNESCO world heritage site. Around 95 kilometers from Chartres the peloton split in a cross wind, trapping. Thursday’s stage winner Dan Martin (Team Emirates) in the second group. The Irishman was swift to react leading his team across the breach within a couple of kilometers.

The lone survivor of a long-range breakaway, Yoann Offredo (Wanty), was reeled in with 38 kilometers remaining, alerting a nervous peloton to further breaches caused by crosswinds on the open plains

Final Stage 7 Results

1. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LNL) 231.0 km in 5hrs 43min 42sec
2. Fernando Gaviria (COL/QST) same time
3. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) s.t.
4. Arnaud Demare (FRA/FDJ) s.t.
5. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) s.t.
6. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) s.t.
7. Daryl Impey (RSA/MIT) s.t.
8. Andre Greipel (GER/LOT) s.t.
9. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/WGG) s.t.
10. Mark Cavendish (GBR/DDT) s.t.
11. Rick Zabel (GER/KAT) s.t.
12. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) s.t.
13. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/EAU) s.t.
14. Thomas Boudat (FRA/DEN) s.t.
15. Timothy Dupont (BEL/WGG) s.t.
16. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) s.t.
17. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) s.t.
18. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) s.t.
19. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) s.t.
20. Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN/SUN) s.t.
21. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) s.t.
22. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST) s.t.
23. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/BAH) s.t.
24. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) s.t.
25. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) s.t.

Final GC Standings

1. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 28hrs 19:25.
2. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) at 6sec
3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 8.
4. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/QST) 9.
5. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) 15.
6. Bob Jungels (LUX/QST) 21.
7. Rigoberto Uran (COL/EFD) 48.
8. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 54.
9. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 55.
10. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 56.
11. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 56.
12. Mikel Landa (ESP/MOV) 58.
13. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 1:05.
14. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 1:05.
15. Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN/SUN) 1:06.
16. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) 1:11.
17. Primoz Roglic (SLO/LNL) 1:20.
18. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 1:21.
19. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 1:26.
20. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 1:29.
21. Dan Martin (IRL/EAU) 1:30.
22. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 1:33.
23. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 1:48.
24. Warren Barguil (FRA/FST) 2:00.
25. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 2:05.
26. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 2:11.
27. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 2:13.
28. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EFD) 2:16.
29. Jon Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 2:25.
30. Mikel Nieve (ESP/MIT) 2:36.
31. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 2:45.

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