Dylan Groenewegen outsprints Gaviria and Sagan at Tour de France
Jul 14 2018 12:13 am CET

Dylan Groenewegen outsprints Gaviria and Sagan at Tour de France
Dylan Groenewegen outsprints Gaviria and Sagan at Tour de France
Photo of Dylan Groenewegen by LottoNL-Jumbo

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) has won the seventh stage of the Tour de France. The Dutchman was far superior at the final sprint in Chartres.

The peloton rode over a 231-kilometre route between Fougeres and Chartres that was completely flat, making it a good day for the fast men to shine. It was a day with a lot of movement and multiple breakaways.

Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was the first lone rider to escape and after he was caught, a group of ten that included Oliver Naesen, Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale), and Simon Gerrans (BMC), also managed to break free.

This group was also reeled back in and the next one to attack was Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), who got a lead of more than seven minutes over the peloton. At 100 kilometres to go, the wind hit the peloton and forced the formation of echelons, which broke the group into three.

The speed of the groups made it possible for the peloton to get together again a few kilometres later, but also finished the escape of Offredo. With 84 kilometres to go, Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic) tried his luck and went away on his own.

With 25 kilometres remaining, the escapee was caught and the peloton sentenced the stage to a bunch sprint. Quick-Step Floors took the lead of the pace in the last kilometres to launch Fernando Gaviria, and other riders like Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), and Dylan Groenewegen joined in the final sprint.

The Dutch rider showed to have good legs and launched a strong sprint, beating Gaviria and Sagan. Greg van Avermaet arrived with the peloton and keeps the Yellow Jersey for another day.






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