Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric won stage seven of the Tour de France on Friday as leader Mathieu van der Poel kept the yellow jersey against the odds by leading a breakaway on an epic 155 mile run from Vierzon to Le Creusot. Defending champion Tadej Pogacar limited his losses and remains a force to be reckoned with, while Ineos’s best-placed rider Richard Carapaz wasted energy with a doomed late breakaway before being caught on the line as the British team continue to suffer.
A mass attack after 30 miles of the longest stage in 21-years stunned race favorite Pogacar, as over 20 riders got away after a 10 mile struggle to contain them wilted. The large escape group, all working hard to maximize the damage, soon opened up a seven-minute lead, leaving a sense of confusion in the teams left behind including the UEA and Ineos teams. It was to produce an unexpected day of drama to round off an eventful first week.
STAGE 7 HIGHLIGHTS
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