Mark Cavendish scored his 26th stage victory at the Tour de France in Fougères as he waited for the right moment to outsprint André Greipel and Peter Sagan. He hadn't been successful at the Tour since stage 13 in Saint-Amand-Montrond in 2013. It's Etixx-Quick Step's third stage win this year after Tony Martin in Cambrai and Zdenek Stybar in Le Havre. Martin has quit the Tour with a broken collarbone and the yellow jersey returns on Chris Froome's shoulders.
American Tejay Van Garderen, third in the overall standings, said he expected another hectic day on stage 8 towards Mur de Bretagne on Friday.
The stage in videos
- On-board camera
- Landscape of the day
- Buzz of the day
- The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
- La minute maillot jaune LCL
- [Official Teaser] Tour de France 2015
- Stage Analysis by François Lemarchand...
- Safety 2015
- Réserve naturelle régionale
The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 10/07/2015 - 7ème Etape - Livarot / Fougére - 190,5Km - Victoire de Mark CAVENDISH (EQS), Le Britannique a dominé André GREIPEL (LTS) et Sagan dans les 200 derniers mètres. © ASO/P.Perreve
A sporting view
The lovers of strong cheese are necessarily familiar with the common of Livarot whether they know or not where to place its name on the map of France. But the area also produces talented sportsmen. Indeed François Lemarchand, a former team mate of Greg LeMond and now a member of the organisation team of the Tour was born in the city of the Pays d'Auge area, having been a member of its cycling club for 24 years.
Calvados canton main town (14)
Specialities: livarot cheese, cider, cattle
Economy: cheese, agriculture
Sport: ESL Cyclo, equestrian activities, freshwater fishing
Personalities: Charles the Bad (1332-1387), King of Navarre, Count of Evreux and owner of the old castle, François Lemarchand (cyclist)
Festivals : Foire aux fromages (août)
The finish of a 73-kilometre team time-trial was set in Fougères back in 1985. At that stage of the race, Bernard Hinault hadn't yet demolished his rivals. But his team, La Vie Claire where he was united with Greg Lemon, showed how powerful it was on its way to victory on stage 4, placing eight of its men in the Top 10 of the general classification. Since then, the city and its impressive fortified castle have hosted the start of a stage of the 2013 Tour, claimed in Tours by Marcel Kittel.
Sub-prefecture of Ille-et-Vilaine (35)
Economy: shoes, agro alimentary industry, furniture, engineering, glass, electronics, computers and robotics
Specialities: galette-saucisse (sausage pancake), ramaougerie de pommé (apple jam), shoes, glassware
Sports: AGL (football), Pays de Fougères Basket (N3), Badminton Club du Pays de Fougères, CA Pays de Fougères, Subaquatique Club Fougères.
Personalities: Honoré de Balzac, Albert Bouvet (cyclist), Juliette Drouet (Victor Hugo's companion), Jean Guéhenno (writer and academic)
Festivals: les Flambées celtik (Feburary), Jazz in Fougères (April), Medieval Fstival (June), Festival Voix des Pays (July), Children's book fair (November)
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