Tour de France 2015

July 4-26, 2015, Utrecht (ITT), France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

 Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage seven of the Tour de France from Livarot to Fougeres.  

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  1. 13:43:06 CEST

    Hello again and welcome to our blow by blow coverage of stage seven. 

  2. 13:44:09 CEST

    Today's stage is perfect for a sprint finish, with the 190km of racing on flat country roads. 

     

  3. 13:45:39 CEST

    It will be a last chance for the sprinters to strutt their stuff. Saturday's stage finishes atop the Mur de Bretagne and Sunday's is the team time trial. The riders then transfer to the Pau for the mountain stages in the Pyrenees.

     

  4. 13:46:17 CEST

    The riders have just rolled out of the start area and are in the neutralised section of the stage. 

     

  5. 13:52:07 CEST

    The riders are still in the neutralised sector but we have a first crash: Alberto Contador has gone down. He is quickly up and back in the peloton.   

  6. 13:53:38 CEST

    As expected and as per UCI rules, there is no race leader's yellow jersey in the peloton today. 

     

  7. 13:54:27 CEST

    Robert Gesink also went down in the Contador crash but is back on his bike and seems okay. 

     

  8. 13:55:50 CEST

    Race director Christian Prudhomme has waved the flag and the stage is officially underway.  

     

  9. 13:57:54 CEST

    There is only one category 4 climb early in the stage. We can expect Mtn-Qhubeka to ride to defend Daniel Teklehaimanot's historic polka-dot jersey. 

     

  10. 13:58:23 CEST

    In deed, Daniel Teklehaimanot is in the attack of five riders.

     

  11. 13:58:45 CEST

    They have 50 seconds after 3km of racing. 

     

  12. 13:59:57 CEST

    186 riders started the stage today. There were two non-starters: Greg Henderson (Lotto Soudal) and Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step), who both retired due to injuries sustained in crashes.  

     

  13. 14:01:00 CEST

    The five riders are Kristjian Durasek (Lampre-Merida), Luis Angel Maté (Cofidis), Anthony Delaplace and Brice Feillu (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN).

    They already have a lead of 1:50.

     

  14. 14:02:01 CEST

    The climb comes after 12.5km. It will be interesting to see if all the attackers sit up after the climb or keep going in the break. 

     

  15. 181.5km remaining from 190.5km

    14:05:21 CEST

    The peloton seems happy to let the five riders go up the road. 

    The gap is now 2:10.

     

  16. 14:06:53 CEST

    The Côte de Canapville climb is 1.9km log at 4.7%. 

     

  17. 14:09:05 CEST

    The five attackers are racing at over 50km/h as they attempt to build a lead on the peloton.

     

  18. 14:11:42 CEST

    Here is Teklehaimanot in the polka-dot jersey. HE is trying to score the only point on offer today to extend his lead. 

    Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) wears the polka dot jersey on the stage 6 podium.

     

  19. 14:13:06 CEST

    This is the profile of stage 7. 

    Tour de France 2015 Stage 7: Livarot - Fougeres, 190.5 km

     

  20. 14:13:48 CEST

    Teklehaimanot takes the point at the top of the climb.

     

  21. 14:14:16 CEST

    He will again pull on the iconic jersey on the podium if he finishes the stage. 

     

  22. 14:15:40 CEST

    The sun is out for today's stage, with temperatures of 23C and a slight head wind. However the wind is expected to become a tailwind for the final part of the 190km stage.  

     

  23. 173km remaining from 190.5km

    14:16:50 CEST

    From the Cyclingnews blimp we can see that the break is continuing with its attack.

    The gap is now 2:40. 

     

  24. 14:19:50 CEST

    Teklehaimanot made history yesterday by taking the polka-dot jersey.

    Read what he said and what it means for the MTN-Qhubeka team by clicking here.

     

  25. 14:29:50 CEST

    Check out our situation panel on the right for constant updates on the time gaps and the names of riders in the break. 

    Today we've coloured Daniel Teklehaimanot's jersey with polka-dot but Chris Froome is not in yellow.  

     

  26. 14:37:25 CEST

    As you may be aware, Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) didn't start the stage today after fracturing his collarbone in the late crash on stage six.

    Martin got up to finish the stage but flew to Hamburg in Germany for surgery.

    He posted a photo of the private jet that took to Hamburg on Twitter and his team has announced the surgery was successful.

    “I would like to thank all the people involved in my transportation to the hospital and the medical staff in Hamburg” Martin said in a statement from Etixx-QuickStep.

    “They were all amazing and they allowed me to undergo surgery in such a short time after the crash. In these situations time is an important factor and we couldn’t have done better."

    I wish good luck to my team and to all the riders busy at the Tour. I will follow the race on TV today from the hospital. It will be strange but that’s life and cycling. I have to try to see the glass half full and keep the good memories. I had a great first part of the Tour with a great team around me. I won a stage and wore the yellow jersey for the first time in my career. A dream came true during this Tour and now I’m already looking forward to coming back one day again and living the great emotions of this race.”

    Martin is expected to take two weeks off the bike before resuming serious training.  

    For more news on Martin's surgery, click here. 

     

     

  27. 14:37:27 CEST

    As you may be aware, Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) didn't start the stage today after fracturing his collarbone in the late crash on stage six.

    Martin got up to finish the stage but flew to Hamburg in Germany for surgery.

    He posted a photo of the private jet that took to Hamburg on Twitter and his team has announced the surgery was successful.

    “I would like to thank all the people involved in my transportation to the hospital and the medical staff in Hamburg” Martin said in a statement from Etixx-QuickStep.

    “They were all amazing and they allowed me to undergo surgery in such a short time after the crash. In these situations time is an important factor and we couldn’t have done better."

    I wish good luck to my team and to all the riders busy at the Tour. I will follow the race on TV today from the hospital. It will be strange but that’s life and cycling. I have to try to see the glass half full and keep the good memories. I had a great first part of the Tour with a great team around me. I won a stage and wore the yellow jersey for the first time in my career. A dream came true during this Tour and now I’m already looking forward to coming back one day again and living the great emotions of this race.”

    Martin is expected to take two weeks off the bike before resuming serious training.  

    For more news on Martin's surgery, click here. 

     

     

  28. 160km remaining from 190.5km

    14:39:14 CEST

    The Lotto-Soudal and Etixx-QuickStep teams are leading the peloton, the two teams want to set up Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish for the sprint and so will keep the break under control.

    The current gap is 3:50. 

     

  29. 14:46:40 CEST

    Today's finish is the first of three in cycling-mad Brittany. It's not surprising that there are two riders from the Bretagne Seche team today.  

     

  30. 14:52:59 CEST

    Thanks to the work of Michal Golas for Etixx on the front, the gap is stable at 3:50. 

     

  31. 14:59:08 CEST

    For the full story on Tony Martin's crash and injuries, click here. 

     

  32. 15:04:34 CEST

    The breaks lead has fallen back to 3:00 as they ride into a head wind.

     

  33. 15:13:47 CEST

    • Gold Jersey

    Lots of discussion happening around the subject of Froome not wearing the yellow jersey. 

     

    He's not wearing because of UCI rules, but he insists he wouldn't have worn it even if he had the opportunity to. 

     

    “Out of respect for Tony I would never have worn it in any case," he told letour.com. "That's not the way to get the yellow jersey due to someone else's misfortunes but Tony finished yesterday. I was second on the GC so there was no way to wear it."

     

  34. 15:14:40 CEST

    In the first hour of racing the breakaway covered 40.3 kilometres.

     

  35. 15:21:02 CEST

    Successful collarbone surgery for Tony Martin, Henderson withdraws, Pinot calls out tennis doping controls, Coquard not bothered by criticism. It's all in our latest edition of Tour de France news shorts.

     

  36. 15:26:02 CEST

    We've got the intermediate sprint coming up in just over 5 kilometres. The five breakaway men will sweep up most of the points but there'll still be some left for the sprinters in the bunch behind. 

     

    André Greipel leads the green jersey standings by three points from Peter Sagan.

     

  37. 15:32:16 CEST

    Luis Angel Maté takes maximum points at the intermediate sprint at Argentan.

  38. 15:35:48 CEST

    • Giant Alpecin 2015 team jersey

    John Degenkolb comes out on top amongst the sprinters at the intermediate sprint. The German had a dedicated lead-out and Peter Sagan and André Greipel tried came from behind but couldn't get past. Mark Cavendish was also involved but had to swerve all the way around Degenkolb's lead-out man, leaving him with no chance. 

     

  39. 15:36:48 CEST

    The sprinters are clearly up for the green jersey fight. Degenkolb, Greipel, Sagan, and Cavendish all full-on going for that sprint.

  40. 15:37:10 CEST

    John Degenkolb comes out on top amongst the sprinters at the intermediate sprint. The German had a dedicated lead-out and Peter Sagan and André Greipel came from behind but couldn't get past. Mark Cavendish was also involved but had to swerve all the way around Degenkolb's lead-out man, leaving him with no chance. 

     

  41. 15:41:04 CEST

    Here's how the points were dished out at that sprint. 

     

    John Degenkolb, 10 pts

    Peter Sagan, 9 pts

    André Greipel, 8 pts

    Mark Cavendish, 7 pts
     

     

  42. 15:46:52 CEST

    Cyclingnews' Barry Ryan is on the ground at the Tour de France and has sent in this report on Chris Froome and the yellow jersey

     

  43. 113km remaining from 190.5km

    15:48:34 CEST

    The gap is currently stable at 2:20 minutes.

     

  44. 15:55:18 CEST

    • Etixx-QuickStep 2015 team jersey

    Etixx-QuickStep fight on without Tony Martin

     

    Manager Patrick Lefevre, speaking to letour.com, has described how Tony Martin tried to raise the spirits in the team camp and outlined plans for the rest of the race. 

     

    "It's very sad. But Tony [Martin] was still smiling. He said OK I spent two days in the yellow jersey, it was a dream when I was a kid. And I got it. I cannot be too sad. He came to the restaurant to tell his team-mates: ‘go on, you are doing very well and good luck'. It was quite an emotional moment.

     

    "The guy who will be captaining the team until the mountains now is [Michal] Kwiatkowski. With Tony, we were the big favourites of the TTT. Even without Tony, we'll do our best to take Rigo [Uran] in the best conditions in the mountains. We came to the Tour with our best possible team.In the Giro, Rigoberto was suffering. Nobody speaks about him, he's there in the shadow of the team doing very well. You have the big four. And after the big four you have Rigo, he can be the surprise of the Tour.”

     

  45. 16:01:49 CEST

    We've been racing for just over two hours now and the average speed has been a fairly relaxed 40.5kmh. 

     

  46. 16:10:53 CEST

    Berhane racially abused at Tour of Austria

     

    Some stories in cycling, like Daniel Teklehaimanot taking the polka-dot jersey yesterday, are uplifting ones. Others, sadly, are anything but, and we've had one such example that has taken the spotlight somewhat off Teklehaimanot's achievements. 

     

    Fellow MTN-Qhubeka rider Natnael Berhane was reportedly racially abused by another rider, Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), at the Tour of Austria. 

     

    Cyclingnews' Sadhbh O'Shea has the latest in this report

     

     

  47. 16:12:20 CEST

    • Feed

    The peloton are passing through the feed zone at the moment and as they grab their musettes, the gap to the leaders ducks under two minutes. 

  48. 16:20:51 CEST

    Don't forget you can have your say in the Cyclingnews stage 7 forum. Lots of lively debate as always.

  49. 16:30:59 CEST

    We've just left Normandy but before we reach Brittany we're passing though the Mayenne department, home region of Jacky Durand and Marc and Yvon Madiot. 

     

  50. 16:36:01 CEST

    • Lotto-Soudal 2015 team jersey

    André Greipel has won both sprints so far in this year's Tour de France. He'll be right up there again at the sharp end of today's stage. 

     

    “It's a tricky finale today and it's not necessarily going to be easy," he told letour.com "It might be a disadvantage for Cavendish to lose Martin. In any case I'll try to go for the hat-trick.”
     

     

  51. 75km remaining from 190.5km

    16:46:16 CEST

    The break is just 1:00 ahead of the peloton now but it is perhaps too early to sweep them up. The peloton will probably ease back soon. 

     

  52. 16:49:47 CEST

    The black and white Brittany flags are flying along the route now. We're in one of the homelands of French cycling. 

     

  53. 16:52:04 CEST

    Most teams in the peloton are lined out protecting their team leaders from possible crashes and accidents.

     

  54. 16:58:32 CEST

    Riders are dropping back to the team cars for drinks. The Tinkoff-Saxo team is again using a special vest which can carry bottles. 

    Ivan Basso has just loaded up and is heading back to the peloton.

     

  55. 16:59:49 CEST

    The five attackers covered 39.9km in the third hour of racing. The average speed so far is 40.3km/h.

     

  56. 17:03:03 CEST

    Greg Henderson (Lotto Soudal) wisely decided not to continue in the Tour de France due to his injuries from the stage 3 crash. 

    The Kiwi rider spoke to Belgian Sporza TV before heading home to rest up and recover.

    "I wanted to try everything to stay in. I tried for three days and the pain got worse and worse. I wasn't doing anyone any favours. I couldn't help Andre in the sprints, and that's what I'm here to do," he explained.

    "It's getting progressively worse, and we had to make a call. I'm really said. I love this race, and we aim the whole year for it, but it is out of my control."

    "I can ride my bike, when we're just cruising along I feel fine. But as soon as I go 140-150 beats, it's like a defense mechanism. My body won't allow me to take a deep breath, and I start hyperventilating and can't get any oxygen to the muscles."

    "The doctor said it would take about three weeks for bones to start healing. By the end of the Tour I should be able to get into intense training again."

     

  57. 60km remaining from 190.5km

    17:07:42 CEST

    Rui Costa and Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) wav to the TV camera, confirming that the pace is steady in the peloton today.

     

  58. 17:12:24 CEST

    Who do you think will win the stage today? join our debate in the Cyclingnews forum by clicking here.

     

  59. 52km remaining from 190.5km

    17:15:59 CEST

    The racing maybe steady today but the temperature is heating up. It's now 27C in the peloton.

     

  60. 50km remaining from 190.5km

    17:18:00 CEST

    Michal Golas (Etixx-QuickStep) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) have done much of the work on the front of the peloton chasing the break of the day. 

    The gaps remains around a minute.

     

  61. 17:25:51 CEST

    As we count down the kilometres to the end of today's stage, why not check out the huge photo gallery from Thursday's stage. 

    We have all the best images of the crash and the thrilling finish.

    Click here for the stage report page and photo gallery.

    Zdenek Stybar wins stage 6 of the Tour de France.

    Tony Martin gets an assist after stage 6.

  62. 17:27:52 CEST

    The TV helicopter can see Mont Saint Michel, the site of the 2016 Grand Depart.

     

     

     

  63. 42km remaining from 190.5km

    17:29:39 CEST

    The peloton can see the five attacks on straight sections on road. The five seem tired after a long day out front.

     

  64. 36km remaining from 190.5km

    17:37:14 CEST

    The GC teams are also riding near the front of the peloton now, to keep their leaders out of danger. 

     

  65. 17:41:33 CEST

    The riders will soon hit an exposed section of road but there is little wind out there today to cause echelons and splits.

     

  66. 31km remaining from 190.5km

    17:44:24 CEST

    As the gaps falls to 20 seconds, Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN - Qhubeka) surprisingly sits up after an attack in the break. 

     

  67. 17:44:53 CEST

    The riders in the break are fighting for the combative prize of the day. 

     

  68. 23km remaining from 190.5km

    17:54:28 CEST

    The sprinters are slowly taking postions and forming their leadout trains at the head of the peloton.

     

  69. 17:56:32 CEST

    Front wheel flat for Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). It won't be easy for him to get back up to the front.

     

  70. 17:59:17 CEST

    The break is fighting hard to stay clear but their lead is down to just 15 seconds. Hold on to your seats. It's going to be a fast finish with a hectic sprint to the line.

     

  71. 18:00:15 CEST

    The finish is not a straight run-in. It includes five roundabouts in the final 5km.

     

  72. 18:01:14 CEST

    The  last one is just after the final kilometre sign, with a split to the left into the finishing straight. 

     

  73. 18:02:50 CEST

    Timing will be vital. The final 700m rise at 4% and so will hurt the sprinter's legs. 

    If someone goes too early, they will fade as the gradient shortens their effort. The best tactic is to come off a wheel with about 150m to go. 

     

     

  74. 18:03:33 CEST

    It will be fascinating to see which sprinters have the power and form to fight for victory on the rising finish.

     

  75. 15km remaining from 190.5km

    18:04:27 CEST

    We are down to two riders in the break: Feillu and Mate. But they are about to be caught.  

     

  76. 18:06:13 CEST

    Feillu and Mate are fighting for the most combative prize. Whoever stays out front the longest will probably get it.

     

  77. 10km remaining from 190.5km

    18:10:09 CEST

    Gruppo compatto. Mate and Feillu have been swept up by the peloton. 

     

  78. 18:11:13 CEST

    Mark Cavendish is under pressure to win a sprint and the Etixx team is hoping to land a win to make up for losing Tony Martin and the yellow jersey.  

     

  79. 18:11:54 CEST

    Team Sky is leading the peloton towards the finish, with Nico Roche doing a big turn on the front. 

     

  80. 18:12:34 CEST

    The riders have a rail wind pushing them to the finish.

     

  81. 18:13:34 CEST

    Lotto and BMC are also up front, protecting Greipel for the sprint and Tejay van Garderen for the GC. 

     

  82. 18:14:22 CEST

    Vermote of Etixx flats and gets a wheel quickly but that leaves Cavendish without another rider. 

     

  83. 5km remaining from 190.5km

    18:15:34 CEST

    Giant-Alpecin is gathering near the front to lead out John Degenkolb.

     

  84. 18:16:35 CEST

    Here comes Etixx with Kwiatkowski bringing them up. 

     

  85. 18:17:12 CEST

    A narrow left turn lines out the peloton and shuffles the riders.

     

  86. 18:17:38 CEST

    Giant has four riders on the front for Degenkolb. But it's a long way to go at high speed.

     

  87. 187.5km remaining from 190.5km

    18:17:55 CEST

    Here comes Katusha for Kristoff.

     

  88. 18:18:43 CEST

    The GC riders have eased up now the race is inside the last 3km. 

     

  89. 18:19:06 CEST

    FDJ on the front for Demare now.

     

  90. 1km remaining from 190.5km

    18:19:41 CEST

    Lotto drag Griepel up to the front. Last Kilometre!

     

  91. 18:19:53 CEST

    Here we go!

     

  92. 18:20:07 CEST

    Lotto lead it out!

     

  93. 18:20:36 CEST

    Cavendish gets it!

     

  94. 18:21:09 CEST

    He waited on the wheels but then found a late way through to take his 26th win at the Tour de France.

     

  95. 18:21:51 CEST

    Cavendish beat Greipel, Sagan and Degenkolb.

     

  96. 18:23:08 CEST

    Cavendish waved his arms in a victory salute. He used is track skills to bide his time in the sprint and the kick to go clear and win.

     

  97. 18:27:16 CEST

    Provisional results confirm that Chris Froome is the new race leader and will finally pull on the yellow jersey.

     

  98. 18:27:46 CEST

    Froome leads Sagan by 5 seconds, with van Garderen third at 13 seconds.

     

  99. 18:31:28 CEST

    Cavendish had to walk to the podium area after TV camera crews fought to talk to him after his win. 

     

  100. 18:32:39 CEST

    The replays of the sprint show exactly how Cavendish found his way past his rivals. He rode it perfectly, coming off the wheel of Kristoff late and then cutting his way under Greipel, without letting Sagan close him down.  

     

  101. 18:36:03 CEST

    Cavendish was emotional after winning the stage but seemed very, very happy.  

     

  102. 18:39:04 CEST

    "I wanted it. I had a feeling when I was lying in my room with my wife and daughter. I was relaxed but knew today that I would be okay,” Cavendish said.

     

  103. 18:40:35 CEST

    Cavendish added: "The team was motivate, I could see that with the way Golas was pulling all day. We had some near misses but they kept the faith. This is incredible after Stybi’s win and Tony’s loss. To come out to do it like we did and to win is amazing. This is for Tony too.”

     

  104. 18:43:06 CEST

    Cavendish talked about the details of the sprint.

    “I actually had to back off. I was waiting but everyone had tired legs. I told Mark (Renshaw) I wanted to wait. I manoeuvred onto Kristoff’s wheel but Then Andre came up alongside me. We past Kristoff and I just got through. It was shoulder to shoulder with Sagan. But I wanted it so bad. I’m so happy.”

     

  105. 18:45:28 CEST

    Cavendish had not won a stage since on the Tour since the stage to Saint-Amand-Montrond in 2013. He crashed out of the race in the sprint on stage one in 2014. 

     

  106. 18:50:00 CEST

    The Etixx team celebrated another win on the Tour de France 24 hours after Zdenek Sybar's victory in Le Havre. 

    Even Tony Martin joined in the celebrations from his hospital bed in Hamburg after his surgery on his fractured collarbone. 

     

  107. 18:54:31 CEST

    We have the first photos of Cavendish's sprint win at the Tour de France. He looks happy.

    Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) wins stage 7

     

  108. 18:58:06 CEST

    For our first report, photos and full results from stage seven, click here to see the race report page.

     

  109. 18:59:36 CEST

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) warmed down on the rollers before climbing onto the podium to pull on the yellow jersey. 

    He now leads Sagan by 11 seconds, with van Garderen (BMC) third overall at 13 seconds.

     

  110. 19:01:13 CEST

    Froome played down his hopes of defending the yellow jersey on Saturday's uphill finish to Mur de Bretagne and then after Sunday's team time trial. 

    "We are not looking at it as if we have to hold yellow, I’m gauging myself against the other GC contenders and not losing precious time over them," he said on television.

    "It’s about staying at the front, out of trouble. I have the team to do it, they guys have been fantastic all week and got me into the position I am in today."

     

     

  111. 19:02:08 CEST

    Froome also talked his big GC rivals.

    "Tejay is looking good, sitting only a few second after me. Quintana has lost time but he’s looking strong and I have no doubt he he’ll be good in the mountains."

    "Alberto hasn’t had a great start but I think everyone one looking to see what the Giro took out of him."  

     

  112. 19:05:41 CEST

    Thanks to his stage victory, Cavendish pulled back some points in the green jersey points competition. 

     

  113. 19:06:29 CEST

    Andre Greipel still leads with 199 points. Sagan is second with 187 and Cavendish is third with 151 points.

     

  114. 19:08:46 CEST

    Sagan continues to lead the best young rider competition and so will again wear the white jersey during stage eight on Saturday. He leads Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) by 56 seconds, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) third at 1:45.

     

  115. 19:09:56 CEST

    Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN - Qhubeka) defended his lead in the polka-dot jersey mountains competition by going in the break. He has four points, two more than Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

     

  116. 19:10:29 CEST

    BMC continues to lead the team standings and so will again race in yellow helmets on Saturday. 

     

  117. 19:12:33 CEST

    Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) suffered a late flat today but got back to the front to help Froome finish in the same tine as is rivals and so take the yellow jersey. 

    "It was alright. We just left it to the sprinters' teams. We knew it was the last sprinter's stage for a long time and knew they'd be keen, so we just left it to them. We didn't have to do a thing, we just had to try and hide, really, and look after the legs for tomorrow and the team time trial," he told Eurosport in his usual laid-back style.

    (Tomorrow) it's up and down, left and right, hard, heavy roads like in the UK. We'll have to keep riding like we have been, at the front. Having the jersey gives you that little extra motivation and respect."

     

  118. 19:21:13 CEST

    This series of images shows how Cavendish emerged with perfection in the final metres of the sprint.

    Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) about to claim win number 26 at the Tour 

     

  119. 19:22:11 CEST

    He hits our here.

    Peter Sagan throws his bike but Mark Cavendish gets the win

     

  120. 19:23:05 CEST

    He is already celebrating victory as he crosses the line. 

    Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) celebrates the stage win

     

  121. 19:25:00 CEST

    Cavendish celebrated with his teammates after the sprint.

    Mark Cavendish gives the head of Mark Renshaw a giant hug

     

     

  122. 19:25:40 CEST

    He then celebrated on the podium. 

    A happy Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) on the podium

     

  123. 19:33:06 CEST

    We're about to wrap up today's live coverage. Check out our full stage report, photo gallery and results by clicking here. 

     

  124. 19:35:31 CEST

    Etixx-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere was naturally happy to see his riders and especially Mark Cavendish win again at the Tour de France.


    "Last night (after the loss of Tony Martin) it was a mixture of happiness and sorrow. Today, it was just happiness. This is certainly not revenge. Only the press spoke of revenge. Mark never needs revenge, he was always up there. And we always knew that we would be there to support him until Paris,” he told Letour.com


    “For him (Cavendish), if it's a relief, because he had felt bad after what happened in Zeeland (after stage two when Martin missed out on yellow after Cavendish finished fourth in the sprint).”

     

  125. 19:39:29 CEST

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