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2014 Tour de France: Stage 7 live commentary, blog

11th July, 2014
Classifications following Stage 6

1. NIBALI 24h38'25''
2. FUGLSANG 24h38'27'' (+00'02'')
3. SAGAN 24h39'09'' (+00'44'')
4. KWIATKOWSKI 24h39'15'' (+00'50'')
5. CANCELLARA 24h39'42'' (+01'17'')
6. VAN DEN BROECK 24h40'10'' (+01'45'')
7. GALLOPIN 24h40'10'' (+01'45'')
8. PORTE 24h40'19'' (+01'54'')
9. TALANSKY 24h40'30'' (+02'05'')
10. VALVERDE BELMONTE 24h40'36'' (+02'11'')
Team Sky. (Image: Team Sky).
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11th July, 2014
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The Tour de France reaches the end of its first week with a lumpy transitional Stage 7 that provides an opportunity for a breakaway to succeed. Join The Roar for live coverage from 10:00pm (AEST).

Stage 7 covers 234km from Épernay to Nancy, with a rolling series of uncategorised climbs and two Category 4 climbs in the final 20km.

With the first medium mountain stages of this year’s Tour coming this weekend, there will be plenty of riders and teams hoping to conserve energy today. It’s almost the ideal scenario for a small group to slip away and take a win.

Of course, the sprinters’ teams will have their own ideas, as this is their last opportunity for a few days.

The stage begins in the Champagne region, which should add a touch of class to this evening’s #TourSnacks. If you’re the kind of person who’ll happily crack open a bottle of Dom Perignon to watch a bicycle race, you might as well do it in the wine’s home town.

The finish in Nancy, in the Lorraine region, has featured in the Tour many times. The legendary Italian champion Fausto Coppi won here twice, in 1949 and 1952.

If the sprinters want to win the stage, they’ll need to survive the Côte de Boufflers (1.3km at an average gradient of 7.9%) which comes just 5km from the finish, followed by a descent into Nancy and a fairly technical run into the finish – in other words, it’s a perfect springboard for an opportunist hoping to win a taste of Epernay’s finest.

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