Friday, July 11, 2014
Tour de France at a glance
NANCY, France -- A brief look at the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday:
Stage: A 234.5-kilometer (145.7-mile) mostly flat stage from Epernay, the capital of champagne country, to the eastern city of Nancy, a World Heritage site. The race was marred by multiple crashes, including one involving Andrew Talansky in the final sprint.
Winner: Matteo Trentin beat Peter Sagan in a photo finish. Sagan pulled away in the last climb of the day, the Cote de Boufflers, but he was reeled in by the pack in the penultimate kilometer.
Yellow jersey: Vincenzo Nibali. The former Spanish Vuelta and Giro d'Italia winner finished in the pack to retain his two-second lead over Astana teammate Jakob Fuglsang. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador is still 2 minutes, 37 seconds behind.
Quote of the day: "The Tour is cruel and unforgiving." -- Tejay van Garderen wrote on Twitter following his crash within the last 17 kilometers.
Stat of the day: 63. The time in seconds lost by Van Garderen, who slipped to 18th in the overall standings, 3:14 behind Nibali.
Saturday's stage: A 161-kilometer (100-mile) trek from Tomblaine to Gerardmer La Mauselaine, featuring three climbs in the last 30 kilometers. Climbers will have a chance to shine in that tricky stage.