STAGE 7


#ForzaPasqua!

#Long #Courage #Happy

231 KM (FLAT) FOUGÈRES > CHARTRES 5'43"42

On the longest stage of this year's race, it was Wanty-Groupe Gobert who showed their courage to with several team members attempting long solo breakaways. The race came back together and ended in a bunch sprint, where Pasqua bagged another top ten placing, ending the day 9th.

  Stage 7 Sprint Finish

 Bunch gallop in Chartres

  

First Thomas Degand jumped away from the pack and rode solo for a few km before returning to the bunch. A small group of strong riders immediately leapt away but were steadily pulled back by LottoNL-Jumbo, who clearly had designs on a stage win for their sprinter Dylan Groenewegen.

 

Stage 7 profile 2018 Tour de France

After Degand's failed breakaway attempt, it was Yoann Offredo who then went on the attack, riding 100 kilometres solo in the lead.

 

Yoann Offredo solo breakaway

Yoann Offredo solo breakaway


The Frenchman was caught after the peloton formed echelons in another day of crosswinds. With the race all back together again a pedestrian pace was seen until the final 20 km, with the sprinters' teams blocking the road to prevent anyone jumping away. A bunch sprint in the streets of Chartres was then inevitable and was won by Dylan Groenewegen, with Pasqua once again mixing it with the best in the world. On Saturday the 8th stage will lead the peloton from Dreux to Amiens, where another sprint is expected.

 

Yoann Offredo solo breakaway stage 7 2018 Tour de France

Yoann Offredo - 100 km alone

 

Timothy Dupont sprinted to 15th on a damaged wheel:

"I am a little disappointed. I am looking for the good feeling after laryngitis. I was well placed in the sprint to start, but in a corner I was touched by a UAE rider. Because of that some spokes in my wheel broke. Luckily I did not crash. I recovered well and I was able to advance from position 50 to 15. But it was impossible to finish top 10. Without the trouble I had legs to finish top 5. Tomorrow a new opportunity awaits in Amiens."

ASO Stage Summary:
 
Last year’s winner on the Champs-Elysées Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo took his second Tour de France stage victory as he outsprinted Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan in Chartres. Greg Van Avermaet retained the yellow jersey and extended his lead by three seconds at the bonus point.
 
 
Check back tomorrow for more from inside the peloton at the 2018 Tour de France.
 

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