Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Groenewegen matches Gaviria and Sagan in Amiens Métropole

Groenewegen matches Gaviria and Sagan in Amiens Métropole

Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet, of BMC, retained the overall yellow jersey, while Briton Chris Froome, of Sky, the defending champion, is one minute and two seconds off Van Avermaet's overall lead.

Greg Van Avermaet mistimed his sprint and Sagan, the three-time reigning world champion with the Bora-Hansgrohe team, took advantage to claim his second victory in this year's event.

"If you had offered me one minute 42 seconds off the lead, with none of my GC rivals up the road, I would have taken it".

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"I'm happy with that, " Sagan said.

The pack leaves Fougeres, rear, 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.

During his chase back to the peloton, Dumoulin took a long draft behind his team vehicle but race commissaires deemed it too long - and deducted a further 20 seconds from his time. "It was good to finish second back then but this time I was coming for victory", said Martin.

The Welshman has been given free reign by Team Sky in the first week to race with Froome for the yellow jersey, although will be expected to revert to the role of super-domestique after the first rest day after stage nine.

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"I just keep trying, our backs are against the wall all the time here".

"Yellow jersey wearer Van Avermaet described the climax as 'an awesome finish". The team did a very good job today and I'm grateful for the confidence that I get from the team.

Groenewegen grew up in a cycling environment as his grandfather was a bike manufacturer and his boyhood coach was Jean-Paul van Poppel, victor of nine sprint finishes at the Tour de France.

"(Porte) can be confident after this climb", Van Avermaet said.

Ireland's Dan Martin has won Tour de France Stage Six.

The pair have two stage wins each from the first five and Sagan had predicted Tuesday the Colombian might struggle with the climbs.

This was the fourth sprint stage of this year's Tour, and the fourth in which Cavendish failed to feature, rolling home to a 10th place which is his best of the race so far.

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