Tour de France

Stage 7) Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône

FR France, Friday 12 July 2019
230 km

Tour de France: Puncture hinders Viviani’s chances

Tour de France: Puncture hinders Viviani’s chances

Stage 7 was the last opportunity for sprinters on the opening week of the race and our team was keen on being involved in the fight for a good result. As a result, Kasper Asgreen resumed pace-setting duties, tenaciously marshalling the peloton from kilometer zero and wiping out the lead of the two attackers in the second part of this edition’s longest stage (230 kilometers).

The bunch drew closer and pulled back the breakaway ahead of the 10km-to-go mark, as the pace continued to go up and the sprinters’ teams began fighting for positioning on the wide roads to Chalon-sur-Saône, where the race returned after more than three decades.

Julian Alaphilippe, Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv and Maximiliano Richeze formed a strong and impressive lead-out for Elia Viviani, bringing the Italian speedster into position and deploying him at the front with 200 meters remaining, but unfortunately his chances were hampered by a slow flat and all that he could do was finish sixth on the stage won by Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma).

“After the last corner I noticed that my wheel wasn’t steady and I realised at once that it was a puncture and I wouldn’t be able to sprint properly. It was bad luck, and it makes me sad, because the guys worked hard today to bring back the escapees and put me at the front with the finish line in sight. But that’s sport, and there’s nothing you can do in this kind of situations”, a disappointed Elia explained.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
6:02:44
2 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
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5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
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8 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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9 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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10 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
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15 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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22 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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26 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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60 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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77 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20
125 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
29:17:39
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:06
3 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
0:32
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:47
5 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:49
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:53
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:58
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:04
9 Michael Woods
EF Education First
1:13
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
1:15
13 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23
93 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:03
118 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:46
131 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
51:05
161 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58:51
165 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:36
168 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:21
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
177 pt
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
121 pt
3 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
117 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
116 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
76 pt
6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
75 pt
7 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
70 pt
8 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
66 pt
9 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
64 pt
10 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
63 pt
13 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47 pt
38 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
41 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
75 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
29:17:39
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:53
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:52
5 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
14:49
6 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
16:40
7 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
16:53
8 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
18:12
9 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
18:18
10 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
19:41
28 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:21
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
43 pt
2 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
3 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
27 pt
4 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
13 pt
5 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
13 pt
6 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
9 pt
7 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
8 pt
8 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
4 pt
9 Simon Clarke
EF Education First
4 pt
10 Yoann Offredo
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
3 pt
13 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Trek - Segafredo 88:27:39
2 Movistar Team 1:39
3 Groupama - FDJ 2:04
4 EF Education First 4:26
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 8:31
6 Team INEOS 8:34
7 Bahrain Merida 10:20
8 UAE-Team Emirates 11:03
9 Astana Pro Team 11:40
10 AG2R La Mondiale 13:28

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