Groenewegen Silences Doubters, Storms Past Gaviria To Take Stage 7 Victory

null

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Chartres, France (AFP) – Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen burst past Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria to seal a first win in this Tour de France on Friday, saying he'd refound his confidence, speed and pride at the end of a 231km seventh stage from Fougeres to Chartres.

The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider, who won the final stage to Paris last year, had by his own admission suffered a disappointing start to the 2018 Tour before his show of power to beat Gaviria into second and Peter Sagan into third.

"People had been saying I was not good enough to win a stage on this Tour, so I put my finger to my lips to tell them to shut up," said Groenewegen, explaining his gesture at the finish line.

"I had started wondering myself, thinking 'shit, am I good enough,' so this win feels really good after six days waiting.

"I was pretty disappointing in the first few stages but now I've got the power back in my legs.

"This win was fantastic for my self confidence, I feel under less pressure now, a sprinter needs confidence.

"I'll be trying to win again tomorrow now!"

I was bored

World champion road racer Sagan said he'd been happy enough to stay on Gaviria's wheel and keep ahead in the green points jersey race.

He has 234 points to the 23-year-old Gaviria's 203.

"I had a good day," said the Slovak, who has, like Gaviria, two stage wins so far.

"Third is okay, if I win what do I get except an extra point or two? I'm after the green jersey and look, I'm wearing it."

"It was a boring stage, no wind, no stress just boring, I was talking to everybody," he said.

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet retained the leader's yellow jersey ahead of Saturday's eighth stage and said he hopes to go to the mountains with it next week after what he described as a relaxing day.

"It was nice to relax because over this first week we have had very little chance to do that, believe me," said the BMC man.

"If tomorrow is like that and all goes well on the cobbles on Sunday, it would be great to go into the rest day with the yellow," said Van Avermaet, who will be helping GC contender Richie Porte to keep out of trouble on the Roubaix stage.

French duo Arnaud Demare and Christophe Laporte were fourth and fifth respectively as the home nation were left empty-handed for the seventh day in succession.

With a notoriously difficult 90 degree bend with 2km to go and speeds hitting 60 km/h, tensions were high over the closing kilometres as the sprinters' teams jockeyed for position.

But the peloton slowed and hostilities began with a 'faux plat' incline to the final 150m, with Sagan's Bora, Gaviria's Quick-Step and the winner's Lotto outfit prominent into the final stretch.

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.

Around 95km from Chartres the peloton split in a cross wind, trapping Thursday's stage winner Dan Martin (Team Emirates) in the second group.

The Irishman was swift to react, leading his team across the breach within a couple of kilometres.

The lone survivor of a long-range breakaway, Yoann Offredo (Wanty), was reeled in with 38km remaining, alerting a nervous peloton to further breaches caused by crosswinds on the open plains.

Quintana Hit By Car While Training In Colombia

Colombian Tour de France hopeful Nairo Quintana was knocked down by a car in central Colombia on Friday but said he was feeling "good."

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Zwift To Unveil New World For Virtual Tour de France

Virtual Tour de France Live This Weekend

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The Virtual Tour de France is a six-stage race held on the Zwift platform. The worlds top male and female cyclists will compete against each other throughout the first three weekends of July.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

A Tour De France Like No Other

Julian Alaphilippe Can Win The Tour de France

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Cycling's Tour de France should have embarked from the Mediterranean city of Nice this weekend, but the two-month coronavirus delay will heighten the drama on a "unique edition", race organizer Christian Prudhomme has told AFP.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

How to Watch The Virtual Tour de France United

Here's how to watch the 2020 Virtual Tour de France United.

What To Know Before Racing Bikes During The Pandemic

Should You Race Your Bike During COVID?

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

As restrictions on social gatherings begin to ease amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local cycling events are among the businesses reopening. Given the possibility of returning to group rides and competitions, a critical question remains: Is it safe?

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Crash Sidelines Terpstra For 12 Weeks

Niki Terpstra will be out for up to 12 weeks following a training crash, the Dutch cyclist's team Total-Direct Energie announced on Wednesday.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Terpstra Air Lifted To Hospital After Motorpacing Incident

Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra suffered multiple injuries in a training crash in the Netherlands on Tuesday and was helicoptered to hospital, his wife said.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Sagan To Race Giro, Skip Flanders And Roubaix

Sagan's Hypothetical 2020 Race Calendar

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Cycling superstar Peter Sagan will race the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, but will skip the majority of the one-day classics this season, he told a press conference on Tuesday.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

The Must-Watch Mountain Stages of the 2019 Tour de France

Mountains add an element of unknown into grand tours. The sheer volume of vertical meters riders must climb over the course of three weeks pushes the GC contenders to the very edge, if not beyond what their bodies are capable of. The weather in the high mountains can also play a big hand in shaping a race's outcome.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The Most Surprising Rides Of The 2019 Tour de France

The Tour de France is not a proving ground for cyclists. A team’s Tour roster is the most important selection of riders each team will make each year. Riders arrive at the Tour de France as known quantities, generally on their peak form of the season. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In