TOUR’21 Stage 7: Marvellous Matej Mohoric!

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Stage Report: A 250 kilometre stage seemed to be a step back into Tour de France history, with memories of hours of dull viewing. In the end, stage 7 was far from tedious. Matej Mohoric of Bahrain Victorious was the worthy winner of a stage that blew the race apart. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) was part of the big break and guaranteed his yellow jersey for another day.

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Great stage win for the young Mohoric and the KOM

– The final kilometre of Stage 7 and read our full report and pics below:-

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Stage 7 profile

Tour boss Christian Prudhomme describes stage 7: “The following day of a “sprint-course”, the Tour will vary the pleasures offering its longest stage for 21 years. But length doesn’t mean languor: all along another cultural journey (Bourges, Nevers, Bibracte, Autun…), the Morvan will offer 3,000 m of elevation to the menu and a spicy finish up the demanding Signal d’Uchon on the course of the Tour for the very first time.”

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The start line in Vierzon- A long stage ahead
Neutralised out of town

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The peloton crossed the river

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It wasn’t long before the attacks came

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And then the chase group

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The yellow jersey of Mathieu van der Poel was to the fore

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“What cross races are you riding this winter?”

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The break of the break

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Then there was three: Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Victorious), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal)

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The chase group split

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The stage winner would come form these three

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Mohoric stormed solo to the win

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A very emotional Matej Mohoric

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4th on the stage for Mathieu van der Poel

Stage winner and 4th overall, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious): “This definitely is the best day of my career. I’ve won stages on the two other GTs, and it has always been on the longest stage of those GTs – that endurance effort suits my characteristics. On this kind of breakaways there always are many tactical games at stake, so I decided to go early. What I didn’t expect was leaving the rest of the group behind that early, with 88km to go. The fact I was to win the stage didn’t sink until I went under the flamme rouge: that’s when I started to cry out of pure emotion. I was actually going for the KOM jersey today because, since Schelling wasn’t on the break, I knew it was up for grabs. From now on I will try to honour the jersey, maybe even go in the break tomorrow, and absolutely go for it.”

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Tadej Pogačar lost time, but still in the Top-5

Overall leader and 4th on the stage, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): “It has been a very hard stage. It is not often that you ride over 255 km – especially not on a Grand Tour. I wouldn’t have thought so many guys would want to be in the break today. I guess everyone will get a good night sleep today. I was pretty empty in the final. I was on my very limit, but I’m happy to keep the yellow jersey. I want to keep it for as long as possible. We will see what I can do tomorrow: I might be a bit too heavy to get over those climbs…”

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Not a good day for Primoz Roglič as he was in trouble on the last climb

Tour de France Stage 7 Result:
1. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious in 5:28:20
2. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo at 1:20
3. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo at 1:40
4. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
5. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
7. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
9. Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:44
10. Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 2:45
11. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
12. Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech at 2:57
13. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
14. Simon Yates (GB) BikeExchange
15. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix at 4:22
16. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
17. Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 4:25
18. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) DSM at 4:32
19. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 5:15
20. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar
21. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers
22. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies
23. Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo
24. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
25. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 7:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix in 25:39:17
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 0:30
3. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:49
4. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious at 3:01
5. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 3:43
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 4:12
7. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 4:23
8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 4:56
9. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies at 5:03
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 5:04
11. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 5:18
12. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:19
13. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:29
14. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 5:31
15. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 5:33
16. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 5:43
17. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech at 5:51
18. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 5:54
19. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 6:10
20. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) DSM at 6:30
21. Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 6:41
22. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 6:59
23. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) BikeExchange
24. Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka-NextHash at 7:30
25. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:33.

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