Two riders attacked from kilometer zero and with no response from the peloton, the day’s breakaway was formed, ensuring it would be a long and slow day of racing, with a headwind adding to the situation.
The peloton allowed the leading duo to go five minutes down the road and kept them there for much of the stage.
Despite a few crashes and splits in the bunch, the day remained uneventful and eventually, the breakaway was caught with 13 kilometers to go, to set the stage for the bunch sprint.
Without a pure sprinter in the roster, getting safely to the line was the main objective for CCC Team’s seven riders, which was the case when they rolled across the line behind stage winner Groenwegen.
The weekend’s racing promises to be more entertaining with two hilly days that look good for a breakaway.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Today is the kind of stage modern cycling doesn’t need anymore. I don’t like these stages at all because they are not giving cycling a good image. After 200 meters, the breakaway was gone but we have live television from the beginning to the end. But it’s our job, we do it. We had nice weather, some good chats, and I made a few new friends in the bunch. Now, I’m looking forward to getting back into the exciting stages from tomorrow.”
Tour de France
Stage 7 Belfort > Chalon sur Saône (230km)
Top 3: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo Visma), 2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), 3. Peter Sagan (Bora hansgrohe)
CCC Team top 3: 38. Michael Schär, 56. Greg Van Avermaet, 108. Joey Rosskopf