The Tour’s longest stage was held today and it was decided by a few hair widths. Dylan Groenewegen won today’s 230 kilometer (143 mile) stage 7 just ahead of Caleb Ewan after an uphill sprint in Chalon-sur-Saône.
It’s Groenewegen’s first stage win at the 2019 Tour de France and his fourth career stage victory. It’s good to see Groenewegen back in the mix after he sat out the Tour’s first two sprint stages as he healed up from a hard crash on stage 1.
“The first day I crashed really hard but yesterday I feel really good, and today my team works hard for me and I take the win,” Groenewegen said.
Groenewegen was boxed in the peloton with about 500m to the finish. Deceuninck-Quick Step took control of the peloton just inside the final kilometer, with Yves Lampaert doing most of the work. As Lampaert pulled off, Michael Morkov and then Max Richeze took turns with Elia Viviani tucked into the slipstream ready to pounce.
Groenewegen was three wheels behind Viviani as the finish came into sight.
“It was a small final with some hectic corners, and we were boxed in with 500 meters,” Groenewegen said.
As the sprint got ready to launch, Groenewegen jumped to the left-hand side of the road and blew past Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Viviani. On the right-hand side of the group, Ewan did the same.
Getting really close with @CalebEwan today; every sprint @LeTour on the podium and sure we will celebrate in the next sprint stage. All the @Lotto_Soudal boys are fully confident on it and our plan, vision and ambition remain the same for the next 2 weeks: offiensive and victory pic.twitter.com/DCXTXBI0MU
— John Lelangue (@johnlelangue) July 12, 2019
Photo replay showed Groenewegen edging out Ewan by a very slim margin.
Last kilometer – Stage 7 – Tour de France 2019
Early Crash with Tejay van Garderen – Stage 7 – Tour de France 2019
2019 Tour de France Results
Stage 7 results
- Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, in 6-02-44
- Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto-Soudal)
- Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
- Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
- Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
- Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
- Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
- Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
- Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
- Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates, all at same time
General classification after stage 7
- Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, in 29-17-39
- Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, at 6s
- Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida, at 32s
- George Bennett (Nzl) Jumbo-Visma, at 47s
- Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos, at 49s
- Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos, at 53s
- Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 58s
- Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 1-04
- Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First, at 1-13
- Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Education First, at 1-15