Dylan Groenewegen powers to victory on stage seven of Tour de France

Cycling – Tour de France 2012 – Stage 20 – Rambouillet – Paris

"I'd like to thank Greg (Van Avermaet) because he did me a favour when he went for it, I don't know if he did it on objective but he dropped a lot of people", said Sagan, who has tightened his grip on the points classification's green jersey.

The peloton set off amid good racing conditions for the longest stage on the race, with a finish line opposite the 800-year-old cathedral of Chartres, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Martin came home second the last time a Tour stage ended in Mur de Bretagne and he admitted he had been obsessed about winning here this time on a punchy climb that suited his abilities.

With almost six hours in the saddle and hardly any action until the finale, there was plenty of time to relax and fool around during the longest stage of the Tour de France on Friday.

"It's great to get a win after so many second places since the last one", Martin said.

"My first thought was, "I really hope my wife hasn't just gone into labor", Martin told Eurosport". I think I went too early in the sprint. When I kicked my power was pretty good but it wasn't enough.

"It was quite long - 230k".

Gaviria and Sagan have each won two stages in this year's Tour and were marking each other when Groenewegen surprised both and surged ahead on the final straight. Van Avermaet said. "But everyone kind of enjoyed it - the first day we could really relax".

Raptors 'Generate Buzz' As Possible Trade Spot For Kawhi Leonard
The Lakers don't seem willing to trade Brandon Ingram, and the Celtics reportedly don't want to trade any of their budding stars. Boston and Philadelphia are the favorites to make the Finals, though adding Leonard could make the Raptors more competitive.

Ireland's Daniel Martin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan, France, Thursday, July 12.

The Dutchman of LottoNL-Jumbo defeated both Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan easily, as he finally showed what he is capable of in this race.

Laurent Pichon, another French rider with Fortuneo-Samsic, then also got away alone for a spell.

Groenewegen grew up in a cycling environment as his grandfather was a bike manufacturer and his boyhood coach was Jean-Paul van Poppel, victor of nine sprint finishes at the Tour de France.

Friday's 231-kilometer seventh stage will take the cyclists from Fougeres to Chartes.

The overall favourites should be tested again in the cobblestoned Stage 9 on Sunday to Roubaix, before heading down to the Alps next week.

"Having already lost 53 seconds on the stage - finishing 46th after a big effort from team-mate Soren Kragh Andersen, in the white jersey, to minimise their losses, he now drops to 19th - 1'23" behind yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet.

This was the first summit finish of this Tour.

Related News:



Most liked

Charles Oakley arrested in Las Vegas after allegedly cheating at casino
Charles Oakley , shown here coaching the Killer 3s in a Big3 summer basketball game. A security team reviewed video footage that confirmed the cheating, TMZ reported .

Papa John's founder John Schnatter resigns over racial slur
Additionally, the marketing form that organized the call has ended their relationship with Papa John's due to the alleged remark. As a result, Schnatter used the May conference call to basically say that what he said was not as bad as it could have been.

NeNe Leakes Clarifies Comment On Kylie Jenner's Forbes Cover After Dropping Shade
According to Forbes one more year and she will be the youngest billionaire in the history. After all, she grew up in one of America's richest and most-followed celebrity families.

Section 144 to be imposed at Lahore airport before Sharif's arrival
The NAB has already declared that Mr Sharif and Maryam will be arrested upon their arrival at any airport of the country. Maryam further said that not only "we aren't deterred, these circumstances have further strengthened our resolve".

Theresa May faces guerilla tactics from Brexit rebels
The Sun , Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, which has long argued for Brexit, said May had made "blunder after blunder". There was a crisis in government, he said, adding: "It is clear this government can not secure a good deal for Britain".

Puerto Rican T-shirt video controversy results in officer's resignation
The incident in question occurred June 14 in Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve on the Far Northwest Side. There was also a comment at the end "Why don't you and your people go back where you came from".

Love Island: What is the real reason Samira Mighty quit?
Speaking to the beach hut he says: "It is quite hard with this recoupling, hopefully she'll pick the right person". But Dr Alex is struggling to keep his cool, as he begins to panic about the upcoming bombshell.

Emmys 2018 snubs, from Meghan Markle to Emilia Clarke
Peter Dinklage received a well deserved Emmy nomination Thursday morning, and in doing so he broke a huge Emmy record. One show that stars a pair of local natives and has been nominated in the past was shut out in every major category.

Read the ‘very nice’ letter Kim Jong-un sent Trump last week
The remains of some U.S. soldiers were last returned in 2007 , when then-New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson visited Pyongyang. The illegal supplies were provided through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using North Korean tankers, according to the report.

Farbrace says Root can learn from one-day captain Morgan
His decision was not proving to be the best as England openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were scoring at 8 runs per over. Indian wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav made a flurry of records in the first ODI of the three-match series against England .

World Cup photographer crushed by celebrating Croatian team, captures every moment
Coach Dalic spoke for an hour on Thursday back at the same Luzhniki Stadium where his team broke English hearts the day before. Croatia lost that encounter 2-1 before going on to secure bronze - until Wednesday their best performance at a global finals.

Instagram has a new questions feature for Story users
Your friends and followers can tap reply when they see your story and can reply as many times as they want through that sticker. This interactive new option was created to make it easier for users to engage with friends and followers on the platform.

Charges dropped after Stormy Daniels arrested at OH strip club
Earlier this week, Daniels performed in Washington minutes before President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination. Early Thursday, Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti , tweeted that the arrest "was a setup & politically motivated".

Super-Mom Serena into 10th Wimbledon final
Her mobility is solid, her serve is incredible, and she's been taken to three sets just once all tournament. Although Williams is back in the final, this still threatens to be an extraordinary Wimbledon .

Worlds Collide in Fortnite Season 5!
The new vehicle is a golf cart named the ATK, which stands for All Terrain Kart . Two other locations include Paradise Palms and Lazy Links .