Friday July 11th, 2014

Stage 7Épernay / Nancy

Start 11h55 (Local time)

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Matteo Trentin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step scored his second stage win at the Tour de France one year after taking the laurels in Lyon. He passed Peter Sagan in extremis on the line in Nancy. The green jersey wearer had done everything he could before with putting his Cannondale team at the front of the peloton all day. He attacked in the last climb and sprinted in a crash marred finale but had to accept another defeat.

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King of the Mountains.

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Second in stage 7 and green jersey.

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Sporting stakes11.07.2014

Anybody is keen to chase?

Stage 7 is not a sprinters' stage. Firstly, it's very long (234.5km) and it would be a huge task for a team to keep the race under control like Giant-Shimano has done in all the previous flat stages. Secondly, the finale is too hard for pure sprinters like Marcel Kittel. Giant-Shimano would have been keen to just switch roles between Kittel and John Degenkolb who has the characteristics for winning in Nancy, but the Gent-Wevelgem winner got a muscle thorn in a crash during stage 5, so he's...

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True to his tendency to bring new talent forward, Garmin Sharp team manager Jonathan Vaughters took a young and rather inexperienced team to the Tour de France to support Andrew Talansky in his Tour campaign.

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How was the first time ?10.07.2014

Jens Voigt's advice to first timers

This focus on a Tour newcomer is obviously tongue-in-cheek: when Jens Voigt made his Tour de France debut in 1998, Danny van Poppel or Simon Yates, the two youngest riders in this edition, were five.

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See you10.07.2014

Km 174 - Homage to Lapize

Kilometre 174 is the spot catching our attention today and riders might want to look ahead quickly and maybe catch the glimpse of a passing plane in the sky of Lorraine.

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:16Top 5

1. Matteo Trentin (OPQS)

2. Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

3. Tony Gallopin (Lotto)

4. Tom Dumoulin (Giant)

5. Simon Gerrans (Orica)

17:13Correction: the winner is Matteo Trentin

Trentin has passed Sagan in extremis on the line. Van Garderen has lost 1.02

17:12The winner is... Peter Sagan

Sagan wins stage 7

17:11Porte attacks

Porte brings the peloton back on to Van Avermaet and Sagan.

17:102km to go

Sagan and Van Avermaet in the lead with 2km to go.

17:09Sagan and Van Avermaet attack

Peter Sagan and Greg van Avermaet have attacked in the côte de Boufflers. Van Garderen hasn't made it back to the peloton

17:07Elmiger the most agressive rider

Elmiger has been awarded the most agressive rider price of the day.

17:0110km to go

Geraint Thomas accelerates at the front while Van Garderen is still trying to get back on.

16:58Atapuma quits

Darwin Atapuma (BMC) abandons the Tour de France after being involved in the crash.

16:57Moinard and Stetina drag Van Garderen

Amaël Moinard and Peter Stetina try to get Van Garderen back to the bunch while Tinkoff-Saxo is riding hard at the front of the peloton

16:55Van Garderen, Bardet... on the ground

Crash in the bunch! It involves Van Garderen (BMC), Bardet (AG2R)...

16:54Yates first at côte de Maron

Simon Yates passes first at the top of côte de Maron and scores one point.

16:52Voeckler reeled in

Under the action of the youngest rider Simon Yates, Thomas Voeckler gets reeled in before the top of the côte de Maron.

16:51Greipel at the back

Yesterday's winner André Greipel is also dropped in the côte de Maron. Démare struggles as well.

16:50Voeckler on the move

Thomas Voeckler attacks with 18km to go. Orica chases him down.

16:49All together except...

Huzarski and Elmiger get caught in the côte de Maron while a few riders get dropped: Kittel, Degenkolb, Eisel...

16:45Eisel and Kiryienka lead the bunch

Bernhard Eisel and Vassil Kiryienka accelerate at the head of the peloton where the Orica-GreenEdge team appears as well.

16:4325km to go: 25 seconds

With 25km to go, Huzarski and Elmiger have 25 seconds lead over the peloton now led by Team Sky!

16:3431km to go: 48 seconds

Elmiger and Huzarski have 48 seconds lead with 31km to go.

16:30Alexandre Vinokourov: "It would be ideal to give the jersey away"

Questioned in the race by France Televisions, Astana's team manager Alexandre Vinokourov said: “We've got the lead with Vincenzo Nibali. The team has done the maximum and given 100% up to now. Today the stage is long so it's important to keep as much strength as possible. It would be ideal to give the yellow jersey away but we're not going to brake. It was a huge emotion to keep the yellow jersey on the cobblestones against Cancellara and Sagan. There are another two weeks of racing. Many...

16:23Four riders caught

Edet, Pichot, Busche and Delaplace have been reeeled in. Huzarski and Elmiger have 1.18 lead with 40km to go.

16:22Elmiger and Huzarski in the lead

The front group has dislocated. Two riders are ahead: Huzarski and Elmiger, precisely the first two attackers of the day who later saw the return of four men.

16:20The duel is on!

The 2014 Tour de France was expected to be a duel between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. The defending champion is no longer in contention but a new rival has emerged for the Spaniard in the person of Vincenzo Nibali while the third man is now Alejandro Valverde. It's obvious in the peloton within 50km to go: Astana and Tinkoff ride at the front of the pack on each side with Movistar in between, but Cannondale wants to keep the race under control.

16:07Stefano Zanatta: "We have the best team"

Questioned in the race by France Televisions, Cannondale's directeur sportif Stefano Zanatta commented: “With two small climbs, the finale is good for Peter Sagan. That's why we do all the work at the head of the peloton. We have taken the responsibilities because we have the best team. I hope that Peter will win. He had a good night after his crash yesterday. He doesn't suffer. He's got the strength and the personality for finishing it off today.”

15:5645km in the fourth hour of racing

Breakaway riders Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché) have covered 45km in the fourth hour of racing. Average speed: 42.9km/h.

15:53Edet reeled in

The breakaway group is all together again after Edet's trial but their advantage over the peloton is only 44 seconds with 62km to go.

15:51Disorganized breakaway

Breakaway riders fight over sharing turns, so Nicolas Edet attacks with 64km to go.

15:42Simon Yates is the youngest now

Danny van Poppel is the second Dutchman to abandon today after Stef Clement. He was the youngest rider in the Tour de France. Now the youngest is Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge), 21.

15:39Danny van Poppel quits

With 75km to go, Danny van Poppel (Trek) abandons the Tour de France.

15:30Elmiger grabs 20 points

Result of the intermediate sprint in Hannonville-sous-les-côtes, km 148

1.    Martin Elmiger (IAM), 20 points

2.    Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), 17

3.    Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne), 15

4.    Matthew Busche (Trek), 13

5.    Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), 11

6.    Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp), 10

7.    Bryan Coquard (Europcar), 9

8.    Mark Renshaw (OPQS), 8

15:20Different teams at the head of the peloton

It's no longer only Cannondale setting the pace of the peloton but, Movistar and Astana share the turns. With 88km to go, the deficit of the bunch is 1.08.

15:07100km to go

With 100km to go, Cannondale keeps riding hard at the front of the peloton. The time gap is down to 1.20.


Breakaway riders Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché) have covered 41.2km. The average speed so far is 42.2km/h.

14:47Peloton at Douaumont

The peloton has passed in front of the Douaumont ossuary, a monumental memorial containing the remains of soldiers who died during the battle of Verdun at WWI.

14:28In the feed zone

Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché) are in the feed zone with an advantage of 2.22 with 127km to go. Cannondale doesn't let them ride far ahead. Peter Sagan's eight team-mates continue to lead the peloton.

14:20Christian Guiberteau: "It's not for Degenkolb nor Kittel today"

Questioned during the race by, Christian Guiberteau, directeur sportif of Giant-Shimano, explain the situation of his two German sprinters, John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel, who aren't up for winning today, for different reasons. Degenkolb has a 2cm muscle thorn in his bum and the finale is too difficult for Kittel. “John isn't feeling well”, the Frenchman revealed. “Yesterday, his morale was still high before the start but he suffered a lot during the race, so the Tour...

13:5642.7km/h after two hours

The six breakaway riders have covered 40.9km in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42.7km/h.

13:512.40 at km 79

Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché) have 2.40 lead at km 79.

13:48De La Cruz: "Lots of fatigue in the peloton"

Catalan rider David De La Cruz of NetApp-Endura said this morning: “Yesterday was the first day that I've noted a lot of fatigue in the peloton.” This must be the effect of stage 5 on the cobbles and it might impact the riders' eagerness to ride aggressively today.

13:352.25 at Ste-Ménéhould

Time gap at km 67: 2.25.

13:21Julien Jurdie: "No worries for Bardet"

Questioned during the race by, AG2R-La Mondiale's directeur sportif gave a positive medical report about Romain Bardet who crashed yesterday but managed to get back on and keep his eleventh position on GC. “There's no problem for Romain”, Jurdie said. “He had a good night and he's been pedaling well since the start of the stage. For now, there's nothing to worry about.”

13:14Arthur Vichot: "It's all for Thibaut [Pinot]"

This is another day of commemoration of the centennial of World War I. riders are well aware of it as they have a cornflower on their jersey to pay a tribute to the young soldiers who died at war. Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, president of the French national lottery, is present today to sign a partnership with deputy defense minister in charge of the veterans and the memory Kader Arif who follows the race with Tour director Christian Prudhomme. However, Marc Madiot's riders aren't...

13:09Time gap: 2.50

New time gap: 2.50. Cannondale doesn't give any freedom to the six-man breakaway.

12:5544.5km in the first hour

44.5 kilometres have been covered in the first hour. It's drizzling on the road of the Tour.

12:53Clement pulls out

Stef Clement (Belkin) abandons the Tour de France.

12:52Clement on the ground

Stef Clement of Belkin has crashed. He's not back on his bike yet.

12:48Simon Gerrans: "My intention is to go for it"

Simon Gerrans spoke to this morning. On paper, he'd be a hot favorite for today's stage as the two climbs in the last 17km suit him. He knows the côte de Maron since he rode the Tour de France for the first time with AG2R in 2005 but the straight and steep Côte de Boufflers is new to him. However, he was victim of a painful crash caused by Mark Cavendish towards the finish in Harrogate. “I've recovered since the crash but I'm still not at 100% of my capacities”, said the...

12:43Mechanical for Valverde

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) calls his team car because of a mechanical. New time gap: 3.55.

12:40200km to go

The breakaway riders strictly have 200 kilometres left to cover in this very long stage...

12:394.05 at km 30

New time gap: 4.05 at km 30.

12:30Cannondale at the head of the peloton

Latest time gap: 4.15. Cannondale sets the pace of the pack. leads the peloton leads the peloton at a moderated speed.

12:143.20 at km 14

3.20 at km 14

12:11Martin Elmiger the highest ranked

New time gap: 2.10 at km 12. Swiss national champion Martin Elmiger of IAM Cycling is the highest ranked of the breakaway riders, 43rd at 9.25 from race leader Vincenzo Nibali.

12:081.40 at km 11.5

Time gap at km 11.5: 1.40

12:07Six riders in the lead

At Jalons, km 9.5, six riders regroup at the front: Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché)

12:05Elmiger and Huzarski on the move

At km 8, Martin Elmiger (IAM) and Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) have 8 seconds lead over Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne). Peloton at 35 seconds.

12:02KM 5: all together

After five kilometres of racing, it's all together

12:00The race is on

The start proper has been given at 11.53.

11:59Two military planes to flag off stage 7

Three military planes are giving the go to the riders at the start proper of stage 7: one "Rafale" and two "Blériot".

11:53Astana in the lead

Astana doesn't only lead the individual overall ranking with Vincenzo Nibali but also the teams' classification with an advantage of 4.18 over Belkin and 6.05 over BMC Racing Team?

11:49Kwiatkowski, a champion in the making

Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) has the white jersey for the second straight day as a runner up to Peter Sagan. He honored it yesterday by attacking under the flamme rouge.

11:48Lemoine for one more day

Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) retained the polka dot jersey since stage 2. It shouldn't be too complicated for the Frenchman to go on stage again today as only two category 4 climbs are on the course.

11:47Sagan has 80 points lead!

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) has tremendously increased his lead in the points classification yesterday as he finished fifth in Reims and sixth at the intermediate sprint in Pinon while runner up Marcel Kittel was out of contention due to a mechanical. After six stages, the Slovakian champion has 80 points lead over Bryan Coquard and 82 over Kittel. After six stages last year, he only had 29 points lead over André Greipel and 40 over Mark Cavendish…

11:46Nibali is a brilliant leader

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in the yellow jersey with two seconds lead over his team-mate Jakob Fuglsang, 44 seconds over Peter Sagan and 50 seconds over Michal Kwiatkowski. The Italian went through yesterday's echelons with no worries but he might be tempted to let the jersey go to a breakaway rider today in order to give his team-mates a bit of a break before the mountains…

11:45In the neutral zone

The 189 riders are in the 9.1km long neutral zone. All of yesterday's finishers signed the starting sheet this morning.

11:35Climbs of the day

Two categorized climbs are scheduled at the very end of stage 7

-    Km 217.5: Côte de Maron (cat. 4), 3.2km at 5%

-    Km 229: Côte de Boufflers (cat. 4), 1.3km at 7.9%

11:34Jersey holders on the start line

The same distinctive jersey holders as yesterday are on the front line this morning at Place de la République in Epernay: Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Cyril Lemoine (polka dot) and Michal Kwiatkowski (white).

11:30Rolling on the Avenue de Champagne!

It's a prestigious starting area! Leaving the Place de la République, the riders will roll into one of the world's most expensive streets: the aptly named Avenue de Champagne. Under King Louis XV, it was called “the district of madness”. Now it hosts the headquarters and showrooms of Moët & Chandon, Mercier, Boizel, Comtesse Lafond, De Castellane, Esterlin, Perrier-Jouët, Pol Roger, De Venoge, Demoiselle, Taittinger… On that street in Epernay, Australia's Matt Wilson who is now...


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