Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 8, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel narrowly three-peats on Stage 7 of Tour de France; O’Connor solos to victory on Stage 5 of Tour of Austria, Denifl retains GC lead; Lucinda Brand takes solo win at Giro Rosa despite late-race crash; Winder take a second stage win at Tour de Feminin; Italian Claudia Cretti in critical condition with brain injury in Giro Rosa crash; MTB world champion Nino Schurter invites Peter Sagan to race off-road; Meet Philippa York: Robert Millar first high-profile cyclist to go public about gender transition; Armstrong co-defendants reach $158K settlement in federal case; Video: Heartbroken fan creates ‘Since U Sagan’; Video: Inside the Quick-Step Floors bus on Stage 6, Marcel Kittel’s second stage win; Video: Orica-Scott’s Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 7; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 7 highlights

Marcel Kittel narrowly three-peats on Stage 7 of Tour de France

by Evan Hartig

It was another day for the sprinters Friday on Stage 7 of the Tour de France, with Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) taking the win by an almost negligible margin over Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data). Michael Matthews of Sunweb was third on the day into Nuits-Saint-Georges.

“I really had no clue if I would have won it or not,” Kittel said. “On the finish line I thought this is going to be close. [On the bike throw] I tried to make myself three metres longer. At 150 metres to go, I was on Boasson Hagen’s wheel, we came around that [righthand] corner, and I thought it was 200 metres more, when it was much less. Then I knew I had to pray the door was open on the right side so I could pass him, and it was just enough.”

Maxime Bouet of Fortuneo-Oscaro was the first aggressor of the day from the moment Christian Prudhomme’s neutral flag dropped. Following him was Manuele Mori (UAE Emirates), Yohann Gène (Direct Energie) and Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac). Their margin rose to just under two minutes by kilometer three, but they’d be kept on a short leash by the teams behind. After final attempts by Bouet and Mori, the breakaway was finally reeled in at six kilometers to go.

It looked to be a battle between Boasson Hagen and Matthews, but again, Kittel’s final kick of speed inside the last 50 meters brought him the win. Neither Boasson Hagen nor Kittel celebrated at the line, as the win was undetermined until closer examination of the high-speed camera.

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