Impey seventh on long and uneventful stage 7 at the Tour de France

Fri 13 Jul 2018

South African champion Daryl Impey has sprinted to seventh on the seventh stage of the Tour de France today, behind winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).

The longest stage of the three-week Tour offered little excitement with few interested in the breakaway before it concluded with the expected bunch sprint.

With a long 238km ahead, there were few takers for the breakaway. 

An initial solo move baulked at the idea of six hours alone and returned to peloton before a more dangerous move of 10 was immediately chased down.

Two more solo moves went off the front but advanced to nothing before the peloton was back together with a little under 40km left to race.

But race they did not, with the bunch seemingly rolling into the final before the sprint final took off and was won by Groenewegen.

Daryl Impey – 7th on the stage:
“It was a long boring day, with not much wind. There was one point where it got a bit exciting and we were on good side of the split again, but then it settled back down. The peloton was just flat, tired from two tough days maybe. 

“I wasn’t going to sprint, I was at the back with five kilometres to go but I thought if I could get up there I would try. I knew with the head wind it wasn’t going to be as fast and I got on a good wheel and had a go. 

“I just wanted to get my head back in the game after a disappointing two days for me.”

Tour de France – Stage 7 Results:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) 5:43:42
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep) ST
3. Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) ST
7. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 7:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) 28:19:25
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +0:06
3. Tejay can Garderen (BMC Racing Team) +0:08
13. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:05 

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