Tour de France: Bad luck strikes Sagan and Alaphilippe in wind-swept sprint in Lavaur

Peter Sagan back in the green jersey despite mechanical during stage 7 sprint at the Tour de France
Peter Sagan back in the green jersey despite mechanical during stage 7 sprint at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Untimely mechanicals struck Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) during the final sprint of a wind-swept stage 7 at the Tour de France. Although both were disappointed not to have placed higher on the day, they expressed relief that their respective mishaps didn't cause a crash in the dash to the line won by Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

"It was a mechanical problem, yes, but that wasn't the whole story," said Sagan, who finished 13th but took back the green jersey after collecting points mid-stage. "I was behind Van Aert, but then I got out of position, and everybody went left, I tried not to fall, but I collided with someone, I don't know who, and my chain came off. I'm lucky not to have crashed. After that, it was impossible to get to the front."

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.