TOUR’21 Stage 7: Marvellous Matej Mohoric!


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:-

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.”

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

The peloton crossed the river

It wasn’t long before the attacks came

And then the chase group

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

“What cross races are you riding this winter?”

The break of the break

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

The chase group split

The stage winner would come form these three

Mohoric stormed solo to the win

A very emotional Matej Mohoric

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.”

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…”

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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