Tour de France stage 7

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by Mark Zalewski

July 9, 2016

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In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: another strike for the Americans, with Stevens winning the ITT and Guarnier keeping pink; Peloton thwarts breakaway again for sprint in Austria; Mihaylov takes solo win, lead at Sibiu Cycling Tour; Yates injured as 1km-to-go gantry falls at the Tour de France; Kruijswijk extends with LottoNL-Jumbo for two years; Once among cycling’s best, Floyd Landis attempting to remake image; Degenkolb leaving Giant-Alpecin in 2017; Kalamazoo cyclist recovering from crash; Irish politician: “Ban cycling events”; ‘WADA Talks’ with Frankie Andreu; Tour de France, stage 6 on-board highlights; ORICA BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 6; Rider recreates grueling first mountain stage of 1910 Tour de France; Fans find unique ways to pass the time waiting for Le Tour; The show must go on!; Rigoberto Urán as rock star

Lac de Payolle - France  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Stephen Cummings (GBR-Dimension Data)  pictured during stage 7 of the 2016 Tour de France from  L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, 162.00 km - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead

by Michael Better

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) took a stellar stage win at the 2016 Tour de France on the first of three successive days in the Pyrenees. The rider from Great Britain made the early breakaway and escaped solo from his companions before the category 1 Col d’Aspin.

Cummings powered over the final climb and sped down the seven-kilometre descent to the finish to take Dimension Data’s fourth stage victory in only seven days of racing at this year’s Tour.

“Of all my victories, I think it’s the best one,” Cummings said after the stage. “The Tour is the Tour, it’s special. I didn’t just want to win a stage this year, I needed to win a stage this year. I had a different condition from last year as I started the Tour riding for Mark [Cavendish] who is such a winner and an inspiration. It’s brilliant, it’s fantastic.”

The maillot jaune of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) made the day’s 29-rider breakaway and managed to hold on for fifth place on the stage and extend his lead in the overall classification. Attacks from the heavy-hitters were non-existent up the Col d’Aspin, though Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) did try a move, but was quickly brought back into the fold.

Van Avermaet now leads Alaphilippe, who retained his lead in the Best Young Rider classification and moved up to second overall, by 6:36. Chris Froome and a host of other contenders are 6:42 behind. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) managed to finish with the other climbers after struggling over the climbs on stage 5, but the biggest loser on the day was Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) who was dropped on the Col d’Aspin despite his teammates putting him in perfect position at the bottom. The Frenchman lost 2:46 to the other GC favorites.

Stage 7: l'Isle-Jourdain > Lac de Payolle - Stage Result

Friday 8th July 2016

1. gb
CUMMINGS Stephen
Dimension Data
03:51:58
2. za
IMPEY Daryl
ORICA-BikeExchange
1:05
3. es
NAVARRO Daniel
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
4. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Astana Pro Team
2:14
5. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
3:04
6. es
MATé MARDONES Luis Ángel
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:29
7. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
-
8. nl
POELS Wout
Team Sky
-
9. es
IZAGIRRE Gorka
Movistar Team
-
10. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
-
11. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
-
12. cz
KREUZIGER Roman
Tinkoff
-
13. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
-
14. fr
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
Etixx - Quick Step
-
15. ie
MARTIN Daniel
Etixx - Quick Step
-
16. fr
BARDET Romain
AG2R La Mondiale
-
17. fr
ROLLAND Pierre
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
-
18. co
QUINTANA Nairo
Movistar Team
-
19. nl
CLEMENT Stef
IAM Cycling
-
20. nl
MOLLEMA Bauke
Trek - Segafredo
-
21. de
BUCHMANN Emanuel
Bora-Argon 18
-
22. nl
KELDERMAN Wilco
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
23. za
MEINTJES Louis
Lampre - Merida
-
24. us
VAN GARDEREN Tejay
BMC Racing Team
-
25. es
RODRíGUEZ Joaquim
Team Katusha
-

 

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