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Tour de France stage seven – a day for the sprinters


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By Chris Bevan

All times stated are UK

  1. with a late charge.

    Geraint Thomas

    Copyright: AFP

  • Post update

    Things are not going to change much on the road for the foreseeable future… with the peloton taking things extremely easy, the front two are now three minutes and 49 seconds clear. They are definitely going to be on their own for the next few hours.

  • Slow and steady

    We had a VERY exciting day of racing on Wednesday. More on that in a bit.

    Today is different…

    The peloton is going very slowly.

    So are the breakway duo.

  • Ouch!

    Rossetto and Offredo are now two minutes clear, and that gap is rising.

    I was going to say that today would be relatively drama-free in the peloton, but this is the Tour… and we have had a crash.

    A couple of riders from Team Education First have hit the deck and one of them – Tejay van Garderen – looks to have taken a nasty face-first fall. He’s back on his bike but is battered and bruised. He has ripped his jersey, and blood is dripping down his face from a cut below his eye.

  • Today’s script

    Here’s what stage seven looks like… and we already know how today is going to pan out. Either the two early escapees will stay clear until the very end (unlikely) or they will be hoovered up in the final kilometres, giving us a bunch sprint.

    Stage seven

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  • An early escape?

    Today is the longest stage of the Tour… and we have had a breakaway already.

    Stephane Rossetto of Cofidis and Yoann Offredo of Wanty–Groupe Gobert are out on their own at the moment, 20 seconds clear… but they don’t look too enthusiastic about staying clear, and the peloton do not seem too bothered about catching them.

  • A chance for the sprinters to shine

    Hello, and welcome to stage seven of the 2019 Tour.

    The sprinters have just had to survive the last two days
    in the Vosges mountains but now we are back on the flat, and this is their
    chance to thrive.

    The riders have just rolled out of the neutral zone, so the good news is there is only 230km to go until the excitement starts.

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