2017 Tour de France: Stage 7 live race updates, blog

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    The sprinters will have one more chance to fight for a stage win before the Tour de France heads into the mountains, with Stage 7 taking the peloton across 213.5 kilometres from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges. Join The Roar for live coverage from 10pm (AEST).

    With the race about to enter its first serious mountain phase – Sunday’s stage in particular isn’t going to make the sprinters feel at ease – today is flat.

    Marcel Kittel, who already has a pair of stage wins looks to be the fastest man in the race and with another draggy sort of finish, it could suit the German to go for a third.

    Arnaud Demare, to this point is the only other sprinter with a victory, so today’s stage is going to be fast and furious, with riders like Andre Greipel desperately trying to get on the board before the general classification contenders come out to play.

    Starting out in Troyes, where Kittel won his second stage yesterday, the race tracks south-east through the Cote d’Or region. The first 135 kilometres of the 213.5-kilometre journey of the stage do go more or less on an uphill trajectory, but for the most part it will be barely a false flat, with just 400 metres of elevation gain.

    The intermediate sprint for the day comes on the long opening drag, after 108 kilometres in Chanceaux.

    Following the opening 135 kilometres, it goes downhill gradually for ten, before the only categorised climb of the day hits the riders. The Category 4 Côte d’Urcy is just 2.5 kilometres at four per cent and won’t have a bearing on the King of the Mountains jersey, with Fabio Aru locked in to hold onto it for at least another day.

    Once over the climb, the race undulates before dropping away for a pancake-flat final 50 kilometres into Nuits-Saint-Georges, where the last five kilometres go slightly up and down, before a straight ahead drag to the line.

    Prediction
    Kittel has been in superb form and despite his lead outs being interrupted, he is in prime condition to pick up a third. The finish is up his alley, and his team will drop him off in a good enough position.

    Demare and Greipel will again battle out the minor placings, but with an ever so slightly up and down last kilometre, watch out for Edvald Boasson Hagen, who has taken over the sprinting at Dimension Data and Aussie Michael Matthews.

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    • Roar Guru

      1:50am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:50am | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this evening for Stage 7 and that incredible photo finish.

      Ryan Day will be live this evening from 9:30pm (AEST) with Stage 8, and then I’ll be live on Sunday from the early time of 8pm (AEST) for a huge Stage 9.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      1:48am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:48am | ! Report

      GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

      1. Chris Froome (Sky) @ 28:47:51
      2. Geraint Thomas (Sky) + 0:12
      3. Fabio Aru (Astana) + 0:14
      4. Daniel Martin (Quick Step) + 0:25
      5. Richie Porte (BMC) + 0:39
      6. Simon Yates (Orica) + 0:43
      7. Romain Bardet (Ag2r) + 0:47
      8. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) + 0:52
      9. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) + 0:54
      10. Rafal Majka (Bora) + 1:01

    • Roar Guru

      1:48am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:48am | ! Report

      Marcel Kittel moves into the green jersey as well.

    • Roar Guru

      1:47am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:47am | ! Report

      TOP TEN

      1. Marcel Kittel (Quickstep) @ 5:03:18
      2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) + 0:00
      3. Michael Matthews (Sunweb) + 0:00
      4. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) + 0:00
      5. John Degenkolb (Trek) + 0:00
      6. Dylan VanGroenwegen (Lotto Jumbo) + 0:00
      7. Rudiger Selig (Bora) + 0:00
      8. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) + 0:00
      9. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) + 0:00
      10. Daniel McLay (Trek) + 0:00

    • Roar Guru

      1:31am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:31am | ! Report

      So, no crosswinds and no fireworks, but what an incredible sprint for the line.

      Demare in the green jersey was a long way back in that sprint as well.

      Full results to come.

      • Roar Rookie

        1:32am
        Jon said | 1:32am | ! Report

        If the commentators bang on about something it is sure not to happen :p

        • Roar Guru

          1:44am
          Scott Pryde said | 1:44am | ! Report

          This is true. To be fair, McEwen had ridden the course and every GC rider was jumpy.

    • Roar Rookie

      1:31am
      Jon said | 1:31am | ! Report

      I have to admit I haven’t been watching cycling for that long (TDF 2006/7 and then a few years later watching other races), but that was easily the closest finish I’ve seen. You have to feel for Boasson Hagen. A real heartbreaker.

      • Roar Guru

        1:43am
        Scott Pryde said | 1:43am | ! Report

        Yeah absolutely – You can’t get any closer than that without actually having a dead heat.

    • Roar Guru

      1:31am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:31am | ! Report

      Sounds as if confirmation has just come through for Marcel Kittel. He has won his third stage by absolutely nothing.

    • Roar Guru

      1:29am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:29am | ! Report

      Michael Matthews has definitely finished third, Kristoff fourth.

      This could well be a dead heat.

    • Roar Guru

      1:28am
      Scott Pryde said | 1:28am | ! Report

      Dead heat? Kristoff and Matthews just fell away for third and fourth, but Boasson Hagen just couldn’t quite hold of Kittel in the final throw.

      That’s an incredibly close finish.

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