Groenewegen's show of power silences Tour de France critics

14 July, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Porte sits in 11th spot on the general classification 53 seconds behind his teammate, Belgian Greg van Avermaet, who is clinging on to the yellow jersey, three seconds ahead of Team Sky's Thomas.

"I was pretty disappointing in the first few stages but now I've got the power back in my legs", said the 25-year-old from Amsterdam who dislikes comparisons to Briton Mark Cavendish.

An escape group featuring Sylvain Chavanel embarked on a long-range bid with Van Avermaet's BMC doing most of the work at the head of the chasing peloton, and Bora joining the chase late. I'll have to get through the Alps and see how I am, see how Froome is and go from there.

Froome lost nearly a minute to his team-mate on the opening stage of the Tour when he crashed in a field five kilometres from the finish, and gave up another five seconds when he was gapped slightly on the Mur-de-Bretagne on Thursday.

"I'm happy with that", he said. I didn't think it was going to happen, but the legs just were there. I felt good in the fourth stage but the good timing was missing.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, rides in the pack during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 231 kilometers (143.5 miles) with start in Fougeres and finish in Chartres, France, France, Friday, July 13, 2018.

"Gilbert attacked a bit early, trying to drop everybody".


Mûr-de-Bretagne: Australian Tour de France hope Richie Porte had pencilled in Thursday's finishing climb of stage six, the Mûr de Bretagne, as a "good showdown" for overall contenders like himself.

Primoz Roglic was caught out behind echelons but managed to re-join and then finish in the Top 10 of the stage, suggesting he has the legs he's shown all season ahead of Sunday's crucial test on the cobbles.

It's set up for a sprint, but watch out as there's a kick at the end - the finale is a 600 metres kick-up at 4% before the last 200 metres flatten out.

While this was very bad news for the rider himself, his team and France's hopes of a first win since 1985, it was a boon to Bardet's rivals, as a Tour de France victor generally relies on the support of a full team.

The Dutch cyclist, who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, clocked almost six hours over the 231-kilometer (143.5-mile) trek from Fougeres, home to the best-preserved and largest medieval fortress in Europe, to Chartres, site of a vast cathedral known for its stained-glass windows.

This was the first summit finish of this Tour.

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