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.read more
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Yellow jersey.read more
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...read more
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.read more
How was the first time ?10.07.2014
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.read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
1. Matteo Trentin (OPQS)
2. Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
3. Tony Gallopin (Lotto)
4. Tom Dumoulin (Giant)
5. Simon Gerrans (Orica)
|17:13||Correction: the winner is Matteo Trentin|
Trentin has passed Sagan in extremis on the line. Van Garderen has lost 1.02
|17:12||The winner is... Peter Sagan|
Sagan wins stage 7
Porte brings the peloton back on to Van Avermaet and Sagan.
|17:10||2km to go|
Sagan and Van Avermaet in the lead with 2km to go.
|17:09||Sagan 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
|17:07||Elmiger the most agressive rider|
Elmiger has been awarded the most agressive rider price of the day.
|17:01||10km to go|
Geraint Thomas accelerates at the front while Van Garderen is still trying to get back on.
Darwin Atapuma (BMC) abandons the Tour de France after being involved in the crash.
|16:57||Moinard 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
|16:55||Van Garderen, Bardet... on the ground|
Crash in the bunch! It involves Van Garderen (BMC), Bardet (AG2R)...
|16:54||Yates first at côte de Maron|
Simon Yates passes first at the top of côte de Maron and scores one point.
|16:52||Voeckler reeled in|
Under the action of the youngest rider Simon Yates, Thomas Voeckler gets reeled in before the top of the côte de Maron.
|16:51||Greipel at the back|
Yesterday's winner André Greipel is also dropped in the côte de Maron. Démare struggles as well.
|16:50||Voeckler on the move|
Thomas Voeckler attacks with 18km to go. Orica chases him down.
|16:49||All together except...|
Huzarski and Elmiger get caught in the côte de Maron while a few riders get dropped: Kittel, Degenkolb, Eisel...
|16:45||Eisel 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.
|16:43||25km to go: 25 seconds|
With 25km to go, Huzarski and Elmiger have 25 seconds lead over the peloton now led by Team Sky!
|16:34||31km to go: 48 seconds|
Elmiger and Huzarski have 48 seconds lead with 31km to go.
|16:30||Alexandre 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...
|16:23||Four riders caught|
Edet, Pichot, Busche and Delaplace have been reeeled in. Huzarski and Elmiger have 1.18 lead with 40km to go.
|16:22||Elmiger 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.
|16:20||The 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.
|16:07||Stefano 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.”
|15:56||45km 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.
|15:53||Edet 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.
Breakaway riders fight over sharing turns, so Nicolas Edet attacks with 64km to go.
|15:42||Simon 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.
|15:39||Danny van Poppel quits|
With 75km to go, Danny van Poppel (Trek) abandons the Tour de France.
|15:30||Elmiger grabs 20 points|
Result of the intermediate sprint in Hannonville-sous-les-côtes, km 148
|15:20||Different teams at the head of the peloton|
It's no longer only Cannondale setting the pace of the peloton but FDJ.fr, Movistar and Astana share the turns. With 88km to go, the deficit of the bunch is 1.08.
|15:07||100km 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.
|14:47||Peloton 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.
|14:28||In 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.
|14:20||Christian Guiberteau: "It's not for Degenkolb nor Kittel today"|
Questioned during the race by letour.fr, 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...
|13:56||42.7km/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.
|13:51||2.40 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.
|13:48||De 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.
|13:35||2.25 at Ste-Ménéhould|
Time gap at km 67: 2.25.
|13:21||Julien Jurdie: "No worries for Bardet"|
Questioned during the race by letour.fr, 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.”
|13:14||Arthur Vichot: "It's all for Thibaut [Pinot]"|
This is another day of commemoration of the centennial of World War I. FDJ.fr 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...
|13:09||Time gap: 2.50|
New time gap: 2.50. Cannondale doesn't give any freedom to the six-man breakaway.
|12:55||44.5km in the first hour|
44.5 kilometres have been covered in the first hour. It's drizzling on the road of the Tour.
|12:53||Clement pulls out|
Stef Clement (Belkin) abandons the Tour de France.
|12:52||Clement on the ground|
Stef Clement of Belkin has crashed. He's not back on his bike yet.
|12:48||Simon Gerrans: "My intention is to go for it"|
Simon Gerrans spoke to letour.fr 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...
|12:43||Mechanical for Valverde|
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) calls his team car because of a mechanical. New time gap: 3.55.
|12:40||200km to go|
The breakaway riders strictly have 200 kilometres left to cover in this very long stage...
|12:39||4.05 at km 30|
New time gap: 4.05 at km 30.
|12:30||Cannondale at the head of the peloton|
Latest time gap: 4.15. Cannondale sets the pace of the pack.
|12:15||FDJ.fr leads the peloton|
FDJ.fr leads the peloton at a moderated speed.
|12:14||3.20 at km 14|
3.20 at km 14
|12:11||Martin 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.
|12:08||1.40 at km 11.5|
Time gap at km 11.5: 1.40
|12:07||Six 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)
|12:05||Elmiger 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.
|12:02||KM 5: all together|
After five kilometres of racing, it's all together
|12:00||The race is on|
The start proper has been given at 11.53.
|11:59||Two 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".
|11:53||Astana 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?
|11:49||Kwiatkowski, 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.
|11:48||Lemoine 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.
|11:47||Sagan 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…
|11:46||Nibali 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…
|11:45||In 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.
|11:35||Climbs of the day|
Two categorized climbs are scheduled at the very end of stage 7
|11:34||Jersey 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).
|11:30||Rolling 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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