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Tour de France 2014

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July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
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July 11, Stage 7: Épernay - Nancy 234.5km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to live coverage from stage 7 of the Tour de France.

  1. 12:50:24 CEST

    Today we're in Épernay for a 234.5km stage to Nancy. It's the second longest stage of the race with two fourth category climbs coming near to the finish. It's a day for a break but there's also every chance that the bunch and especially Cannondale, will look to set Peter Sagan up for the win. A lot will depend on how he's feeling after yesterday's fall.

  2. 12:56:43 CEST

    Last time the Tour de France started in Épernay was in 2012. That year the stage finished in Metz. Guess who.... Peter Sagan won, firing off his 'Hulk' pose as he crossed the line.

    Peter Sagan transformed into the Incredible Hulk after winning in Metz

  3. 12:58:23 CEST

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    Peter Sagan is in Green today too, with a commanding lead in the points competition. He's on the start line now as the peloton gather for the start of stage 7. You can join us for complete coverage, while you can check out our preview video of the stage, right here too.

  4. 12:59:18 CEST

    • Yellow Jersey

    And here's how the GC stands coming into today's stage.


    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 24:38:25
    2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:02
    3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:44
    4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:50
    5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:17
    6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:01:45
    7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol
    8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:01:54
    9 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:02:05
    10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:11

  5. 13:09:00 CEST

    • Trek Factory Racing

    The peloton have just rolled out from the start. 234.5km ahead of them.


    Away from the race Andy Schleck has given his first interview since knee surgery. Cyclingnews spoke to him from his hospital bed about the injury, and his thoughts for the future. Here's the story and of course everyone wishes Schleck a speedy recovery.

  6. 13:15:33 CEST

    In the race, the attacks once again start when the flag is dropped. There are a few skirmishes before a break settles with Pichot, Delaplace, Edet, Huzarski, Elmiger & Busche forming after 14km of racing.

  7. 13:21:15 CEST

    The break has pushed on and now have 3'20 on the bunch. It will be interesting to see who takes up the chase and when. Kittel struggled yesterday and Giant may chose to back Degenkolb for the stage. Griepel might also fancy his chances but Cannondale are still looking for their first stage. Sagan has a commanding lead in the points competition but with the final climb inside the last 10km, it's a stage that suits The Hulk/Wolverine/ - delete as applicable.

  8. 13:34:30 CEST

     And just like that the gap is over four minutes, and the peloton has reacted. Cannondale moves to the front of the pack, as Peter Sagan has his eye firmly on a win today.

  9. 13:34:32 CEST

     And just like that the gap is over four minutes, and the peloton has reacted. Cannondale moves to the front of the pack, as Peter Sagan has his eye firmly on a win today.

  10. 13:40:36 CEST

    Sorry about the double posting.


  11. 199.5km remaining from 234.5km

    13:41:39 CEST

    Cannondale's work is helping: the gap has dropped 10 seconds, to 4:05.


  12. 13:45:40 CEST

    • BMC Racing

    BMC's Marcus Burghardt was "50-50" to start today, but we hear that all riders took to the start today. So we assume he is there, which is good news for Tejay van Garderen.


  13. 13:50:37 CEST

    Another rider who is continuing on with pain is John Degenkolb of Giant-Shimano. He fell on his bottom the other day and has a torn muscle, as well as a huge bruise. He felt fine the first half of yesterday's stage, but then it was agony, he said. Too bad, he pointed out, today would have been a perfect stage for him.John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) surprised with his performance in Gent-Wevelgem


  14. 13:53:45 CEST

    • Movistar

    Alejandro Valverde of Movistar needs help from the team car for a mechanical problem.

    And with some 200 km still to come, the gap is at 3:50.


  15. 13:55:06 CEST

    Stef Clement of Belkin has crashed and has to abandon. Hope he is ok!


  16. 13:59:17 CEST

    Jesus Hernandez of Tinkoff-Saxo had to abandon yesterday with a head injury. This was a real blow to Alberto Contador, who was looking for his support in the upcoming mountains.


  17. 14:08:37 CEST

    • FDJ

    One team looking to bounce back today will be FDJ. The French outfit had a shocker yesterday with when Thibaut Pinot was caught out in the wind and conceded 59 seconds to his GC rivals while Arnaud Démare crashed for the second day in a row and was unable to contest the sprint for the stage win.

  18. 180.5km remaining from 234.5km

    14:10:59 CEST

    54km into the race and it's Cannondale on the front of the peloton. They're already looking to keep the break in check and have them at 2:50. If they can keep the move in check then other teams will almost certainly help with the pace setting.

  19. 14:15:19 CEST

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    Alberto Contador is sitting near the front of the peloton and is keeping out of trouble - just as he should. The Spaniard in this video for InCycle points the the Pyrenees as to where the Tour de France will be won.


    You can of course catch up with all our Tour de France videos, with this playlist. And you can subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel here.

  20. 14:16:05 CEST

    Race radio and Belkin have both confirmed that Clement has been taken to hospital. We'l bring you more news as soon as we have it.

  21. 176.5km remaining from 234.5km

    14:19:46 CEST

    58km into the race and break's lead is at 2:30.

  22. 14:22:53 CEST

    There's a slight tailwind for the race as it heads east and we tick towards two hours of racing.

  23. 14:32:07 CEST

    Cannondale continue to set the pace at the head of the peloton, with the gap at a stable 2:25. The leaders are still working but their chances rest on the actions of Sagan's team at this point.

  24. 14:53:58 CEST

    • Green Jersey

    Despite not winning a stage in the race yet, Peter Sagan is running away with the green jersey:


    1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 217 pts
    2 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 137
    3 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 135
    4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 117
    5 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 91
    6 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 87
    7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 55
    8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 53
    9 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 48
    10 Arnaud Demare (Fra) 44

  25. 149.5km remaining from 234.5km

    14:55:30 CEST

    85km covered by the break though, their lead still held around the 2:30 mark.

  26. 15:05:35 CEST

    The final climb peaks out with 5km to go and it's a twisting, technical descent. Sagan, who we've mentioned a lot this morning, is perfeclty suited to the finale. There's a good chance of him attacking on the run  it.

  27. 15:07:37 CEST

    The final climb is only 1.3km in length with an average gradient of 7.9 per cent. There are a lot of tired legs out there but the likes of Orica, Europcar perhaps, and Garmin (Slagter) may well try something before we head into the second weekend of the race.

  28. 15:17:50 CEST

    The lead now has now pushed out to three minutes with Astana and race leader Nibali just behind the Cannondale train. Sagan's men are doing a lot of work, and doing it early, especially for such a long stage. Will they have anything left for the last two climbs?

  29. 130km remaining from 234.5km

    15:22:46 CEST

    The gap is down to 2:45 as Nibali drifts towards the front of the peloton with a gaggle of Astana teammates around him. The race leader has his rain jacket on as the clouds gather overhead.

  30. 15:24:38 CEST

    Sagan at least looks relaxed as he gives a quick nod to the television cameras. He has his entire team on the front of the peloton at the moment. It begs the question as to how he and Contador would share a team, if the rumours are true and they'll both ride for Tinkoff Saxo next year.

  31. 15:27:00 CEST

    The peloton are racing towards the feedzone at Charny Sur Meuse.

  32. 15:37:07 CEST

    Cannondale are still on the front and they have the break at 1'32. They had a max of 4:15 but Sagan's men have been told to work, work, work.

  33. 15:52:49 CEST

    Cannondale allow the gap to drift out to 2:16. They're certainly putting the tired sprinters, like Kittel and the injured Demare and Degenkolb under pressure.

  34. 16:00:59 CEST

    And we're seeing a few splits at the back of the field. Nothing major but the wind has picked up and a few riders have lost contact.

  35. 99km remaining from 234.5km

    16:06:10 CEST

    We're into the final 99km of racing with Pichot taking a long turn on the front of the break. The gap though is down to just 1'17.

  36. 16:08:17 CEST

    Astana and Tinkoff both move up to the front because on these wide exposed roads they're concerned about the cross-winds.

  37. 16:15:24 CEST

    Movistar with Alejandro Valverde are close to the front as well. The pace continues to rise with 90km still to go. Nibali is calling for more teammates on the front as well as he looks to defend his position.

  38. 16:17:43 CEST

    Omega and then Sky are the next teams to pull through to the front but the majority of the work is being done by Cannondale with the bunch 4.5km from the intermediate sprint.

  39. 16:22:22 CEST

    Into the final 85km of racing and reminder that you can catch up with all our Tour de France videos, right here.

  40. 16:23:47 CEST

    Elmiger rolls over the line first at the intermediate sprint as Cannondale lead out Sagan  but it's Coquard who takes 7th. It will be interesting to see if the bunch keep the pace on or knock it off, with the break at 50 seconds.

  41. 16:35:55 CEST

    The six leaders are still concentrating on the task at hand as we see BMC throw me forward. Tejay van Garderen tucks in stays out of the wind, just Nibali and Contador ride near each other. Dry conditons but there's plenty of cloud around as Rodriguez calls for his team car to come up.

  42. 74km remaining from 234.5km

    16:38:53 CEST

    Griepel and Langeveld are both at the back of the bunch and FDJ move up, clearly intent on not making the same mistakes twice in two days.

  43. 16:46:42 CEST

    Race radio confirms that Danny Van Poppel has abandoned the race.

  44. 16:51:58 CEST

    There's friction in the break as Elmiger calls on riders to up their game. The Swiss champion shakes his head and the impetus has been lost and Edet takes his chance and attacks.

  45. 63km remaining from 234.5km

    16:53:13 CEST

    63km to go and Edet is clear but the bunch are at 45 seconds. The break look to have found their second wind though and are bringing back the Cofidis man.

  46. 16:56:54 CEST

    Rolling terrain but the peloton can see the six man break, with the gap at 56 seconds. At the back of the bunch a few riders drop back to see the team cars as Contador is brought to the head of the race.

  47. 16:59:55 CEST

    Danny van Poppel has been struggling since the start of the Tour. In Lille he told Cyclingnews that he didn’t feel well although he failed to describe what actually bothered him. Back then he said he hoped it would improve before the mountains arrived. “Last year I was the youngest Dutchman ever in the Tour. Now I’m the youngest rider of the peloton. The attention was cool but I hope to make an impression on the sportive side as well,” Van Poppel said. It turned out the wrong way for the 20 year-old Dutchman.

  48. 17:06:48 CEST

    Greg Van Avermaet:

    “I think I’m the favourite for the win today. I was a bit unlucky on the cobbles but I still feel good and today is another chance. I hope to tackle that last climb as good as I can. My favourite? Sagan. Kwiatkowski, Nibali maybe. I hope Sagan his team will control the race so I don’t have to try and get in a breakaway because it’s not going to be a bunch sprint. I checked out the final climb on Google Earth last night. It took a while but I figured it was better than checking out Twitter or Instagram all the time. I should receive some space because I intentionally lost ground in the GC.”


  49. 17:10:23 CEST

    Peter Sagan “I’m still alive without problems on my legs and arms. This is a stage for me? Every stage is for me, no? We will see. There’s also other riders, not just me. I’m very happy I have a lot of fans here. I want to show them something.”

  50. 49km remaining from 234.5km

    17:12:49 CEST

    We're into the final 49km of racing, the peloton still at the 42 second mark. Cannondale have been on the front of the bunch for almost the entire stage. Next to them are the Astana, BMC, Tinkoff and Movistar trains.

  51. 17:15:00 CEST

    Over 230km of racing, two sharp climbs near the finish before a flat run-in. It's almost the sort of profile that saw Simon Gerrans win Milan San Remo a few years ago. The Australian crashed on stage one but if he's recovered he could be in with a chance.

  52. 17:22:50 CEST

    Huzarski has attacked with Elmiger but the rest of the break is about to caught with 40km to go.

  53. 17:29:16 CEST

    Into the final 35km and it's still Cannodale on the front of the bunch. The two leaders still have a gap and it's gone out to 1'17.

  54. 17:31:11 CEST

    And Sagan still has almost his entire team on the front. They've been immense so far but can he repay them with a win? The GC riders may try and unsettle Nibali on the two climbs, they're only short but if the likes of Contador sense any weakness they will attack.

  55. 17:37:05 CEST

    Into the final 30km and the gap to the leading pair is at just 38 seconds. It's been such a long day in the saddle but they're holding off the entire bunch.

  56. 17:39:49 CEST

    The race is on a short clilmb, there's a swift descent and then the first of two late climbs.

  57. 17:41:27 CEST

    Sky's remaining seven riders are at the front of the race , taking control along with Cannondale. Porte looks in good shape as he rides at the back of the black and blue train.

  58. 17:43:41 CEST

    The bunch line out as we head towards the first climb. It's 3.2km in length with a gradient of five per cent.

  59. 17:46:19 CEST

    13 seconds for the leading pair and already riders are being dropped from the bunch.

  60. 17:46:44 CEST

    Navarro, 9th last year, has lost contact. He's had a really tough opening week at the Tour de France.

  61. 17:48:23 CEST

    Tough left hand corner and now we're onto the first climb. Degenkolb has been dropped.

  62. 17:48:58 CEST

    Nibali has lost one rider and Porte too because Eisel has been dropped early.

  63. 17:49:16 CEST

    Kittel is suffering too as his team huddle around him.

  64. 17:49:42 CEST

    And with 19km to go the leaders have been caught as Orica set the pace at the front of the bunch. Riblon has also been dropped.

  65. 17:50:05 CEST

    Renshaw has lost contact as we see Voeckler attack.

  66. 17:51:18 CEST

    Europcar's talisman has a gap but it's only around 50m as Gerrans and his gang look to chase. Greipel the next rider to lose contact with the bunch as we Sagan sit in.

  67. 17:51:48 CEST

    Demare has just been dropped too. It's all working for Sagan so far.

  68. 17:52:37 CEST

    Voeckler, out of the saddle, has been caught by Orica GreenEdge who continue with Yates on the front.

  69. 17:52:39 CEST

    Voeckler, out of the saddle, has been caught by Orica GreenEdge who continue with Yates on the front.

  70. 17:54:10 CEST

    Meanwhile Contador and Nibali watch each other as Sagan sits behind two of his teammates.

  71. 17:54:53 CEST

    There's a huge fall in the bunch.

  72. 17:55:07 CEST

    Right near the front and van Garderen is down.

  73. 17:55:43 CEST

    He has one teammate to help and he's on another rider's bike. It's Velits' but he can't wait, he has to chase.

  74. 17:56:18 CEST

    Up ahead an on the descent Tinkoff are racing on the front. Van Garderen is in big trouble here with 14km to go.

  75. 17:56:50 CEST

    There are many 50-60 riders in the front group after that fall. He has two men with him but he'll need more help.

  76. 17:57:48 CEST

    Tinkoff are setting the pace now as we head towards the final climb of the day.

  77. 13km remaining from 234.5km

    17:58:23 CEST

    Contador is third in line as more BMC riders start to pace van Garderen.

  78. 17:58:45 CEST

    Van Garderen has lost 50 seconds already.

  79. 17:59:14 CEST

    Atapuma we hear has quit the race after that falll.

  80. 17:59:58 CEST

    Van Garderen is feeling the pain here as he sees his rivals ride away from him. Now Nibali and Astana move up, Sagan has just one teammate left as we head towards the final climb.

  81. 18:00:30 CEST

    And Nibali is right on the front on the descent. There's a real fight for position with around 10km to go.

  82. 10km remaining from 234.5km

    18:01:18 CEST

    Thomas is on the front now for Porte as we take another tight corner. Nibali and Contador well placed with van Garderen now at 55 seconds.

  83. 18:01:45 CEST

    Van Garderen is closing in the team cars but he still has so much work to do.

  84. 18:02:00 CEST

    And the gap goes up to 57 seconds.

  85. 18:02:30 CEST

    And Cancellara and Voigt move up with Schleck.

  86. 18:03:18 CEST

    Just 8km to and Voigt is on the front and taking a huge turn. Martin is leading his team leader as we see van Garderen race through the team cars.

  87. 18:03:43 CEST

    The gap comes down, it's not at 49 seconds for van Garderen.

  88. 18:04:17 CEST

    BMC are trying to slow the main field down with the riders they still have in the front group. That will help their leader.

  89. 18:04:40 CEST

    Omega are taking it up though with Cannondale as we start the final climb.

  90. 18:05:11 CEST

    All the GC favourites are close to the front with van Garderen at 48 seconds.

  91. 18:05:23 CEST

    Gautier has attacked from the bunch.

  92. 18:05:54 CEST

    He has a gap but that's Roche who attacks and Contador is looking good. Gautier is caught.

  93. 18:06:15 CEST

    Roche is turning the screw with Contador and Nibali close by.

  94. 18:06:52 CEST

    Sagan is still there as a BMC rider look to attack. I think that's Oss.

  95. 18:07:14 CEST

    It's all back together though at the front.

  96. 18:08:08 CEST

    And Talansky has attacked but Sagan is clear with a BMC rider in his wheel.

  97. 18:08:42 CEST

    Sagan is clear and has a gap with Van Avermaet.

  98. 18:09:26 CEST

    This leading pair have to work together as they head into the final 4km but it's all Sagan on the front at the moment.

  99. 18:09:50 CEST

    They're on the run-in as Van Avermaet takes a turn on the front with 3km to go.

  100. 18:10:13 CEST

    GreenEdge are chasing but the gap is growing.

  101. 18:10:52 CEST

    Sagan is the fastest of the two and Sagan takes a corner so fast that he creates a gap that Van Avermaet has to close.

  102. 18:11:15 CEST

    1.8km to go and it looks like the bunch are catching them now.

  103. 18:11:44 CEST

    There are two tough corners left with 1.1km to go.

  104. 18:11:54 CEST

    And they're caught.

  105. 18:12:10 CEST

    There's a crash at the back.

  106. 18:12:23 CEST

    There's only 20 riders left.

  107. 18:12:43 CEST

    Omega are leading this one out.

  108. 18:12:53 CEST

    Can Trentin do it.

  109. 18:13:03 CEST

    And there's another crash

  110. 18:13:36 CEST

    But here comes Sagan. He's coming back and he's taking on Trentin for the line. It's going to be so close.

  111. 18:14:37 CEST

    We'll need a photo finish for that one because Trentin and Sagan were so close. It looked like Talansky may have fallen in that last crash.

  112. 18:15:25 CEST

    There were two major crashes in the final 800m. The first involving a BMC rider, the second, just before the line with a Garmin rider falling.

  113. 18:15:53 CEST

    And confirmation that Trentin takes it ahead of Sagan with Gallopin in third.

  114. 18:16:33 CEST

    So Trentin gets it. Just. His second Tour de France stage win in two years.

  115. 18:17:48 CEST

    Trentin had a perfect lead out in the end though and that made the difference. Sagan had his team do so much work, then attacked on the last climb.

  116. 18:23:38 CEST

    1 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5:18:39
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:00
    3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:00
    4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:00
    5 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:00
    6 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:00
    7 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:00
    8 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:00:00
    9 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:00
    10 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:00

  117. 18:27:07 CEST

    No time checks yet for van Garderen but it looks like he lost time. Talansky didn't lose time but he did come down in that last crash before the line. A bad day for the two US GC riders.

  118. 18:28:43 CEST

    General classification after stage 7
    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 29:57:04
    2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:02
    3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:44
    4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:50
    5 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:01:45
    6 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:01:54
    7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:02:05
    8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:11
    9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:11
    10 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:02:11

  119. 18:29:47 CEST

    So van Garderen has certainly lost time, we just don't know how much yet.

  120. 18:40:50 CEST


    Nibali: "There's no such thing as an easy stage, it was very fast speeds and a few falls so it was stressful at the end of the stage. I'm feeling good for tomorrow but the important things was to get through this stage without any accidents."


  121. 18:46:10 CEST

    Trentin: "It was only on the photo finish that I saw that I won by a centimeter and a half. It was a stressful run-in to the line. I couldn't see who was setting the pace on the climbs, I just hung on and got into position at the end to come out on top. I used a lot of energy for this victory. It is an important victory for me."

  122. 19:07:25 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. You can find our report, results and photos from the stage, right here.