Saturday, July 6, 2013
Tour de France at a glance
ALBI, France -- A brief look at Friday's seventh stage of the 100th Tour de France:
Stage: The riders embarked on a hilly trek from Montpellier and headed westward over four moderate climbs to Albi in southwest France.
Winner: Peter Sagan. The Slovak rider with the Cannondale team showed he can climb as well as sprint on the roads as he maintained a quick pace all day before beating Germany's John Degenkolb in a dash to the line. Sagan's archrival, Mark Cavendish, was dropped on the day's second climb and finished way behind.
Yellow Jersey: Daryl Impey, the first South African to wear the leader's jersey in the race's 110-year history, kept it another day. But he said afterward that he expects to lose it in the Pyrenees on Saturday.
Stat of the day: 94. The massive points gap between Sagan and second-place Andre Greipel in the sprinters' green jersey contest. Sagan is 105 points clear of Cavendish, the best sprinter from the 2011 Tour.
Quote of the day: "The idea was to get a few points today, and I admit I got a few more than I thought I would" -- Sagan.
Friday's stage: Stage 8 reaches the massive climbs of the Pyrenees and promises to shake up the leaders. It features the famed Col de Pailheres, which winds upward for 9.3 gut-wrenching miles at a gradient of 8 percent.