Dylan Groenewegen edges out Caleb Ewan on the line to win stage seven of the Tour de France, while Giulio Ciccone retains the yellow jersey
- Dylan Groenewegen edged out the bunch sprint to win stage seven on Friday
- It means no change at the top of the standings, with Giulio Ciccone at the top
- Defending champion Geraint Thomas is fifth overall, 49 seconds down
Dylan Groenewegen of Holland — who crashed on the opening day of this Tour de France — took the third stage win of this year’s race for the Jumbo-Visma team on Friday.
At the finish of the Tour’s longest stage, from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone, the Dutch rider outsprinted Australian Caleb Ewan to take his third career win on the Tour.
‘The first day I crashed really hard and the next day I was really screwed, but yesterday I felt good again,’ he said. ‘Today, my team worked so hard for me and we took the win so I’m very happy.’
Dylan Groenewegen celebrates his victory in stage seven of the Tour de France on Friday
The bunch sprint finish means there’s no change at the top with Giulio Ciccone six seconds up
The 230km stage only truly came to life in the final hour of racing, but both of Team Ineos’s leaders, defending champion Geraint Thomas, and team-mate Egan Bernal kept in touch.
Team Ineos sports director Nicolas Portal described Thomas’s effort at the first of the Tour’s five summit finishes on Thursday, at La Planche des Belles Filles, as ‘morale boosting.’
Portal said: ‘It went very well. There’s a great atmosphere in the team. What was reassuring yesterday was to see Geraint at this level. It’s good for Egan, who has a lot of pressure around him, a lot of expectation.’
Defending champion Geraint Thomas (left) remains the best-placed of the main contenders
Thomas now faces a gruelling weekend of racing in the Massif Central.
‘The next two days will be tough,’ he said. ‘But I don’t think much will change in the overall standings.’