Friday July 10th, 2015

Stage 7Livarot / Fougères

Start 12h50 (Local time)

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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.

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American Tejay Van Garderen, third in the overall standings, said he expected another hectic day on stage 8 towards Mur de Bretagne on Friday.

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Mark Cavendish's lead-out man Mark Renshaw described the final sprint that led to his leader's 26th Tour stage win and said he had never doubted victory would come again.

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There was a heated moment between Vincenzo Nibali and myself yesterday. Initially he thought I was the reason for him to fall so I wanted to clarify that it wasn't the case. That's behind us now. We've had a relax day today. It was much needed. It's amazing in the bunch to see so many bandages and bleeding shorts. I have the great feeling that the race calms down now. I have the yellow jersey, which is a huge privilege. To be honest it doesn't change much. It boosts the team's motivation but...

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In the last two sprints, my team had done good. But I was too anxious and I went too early. One hesitation is enough for one or two riders to pass and the sprint to over. Today it was about kind of not being impatient anymore but I almost left it too long. I had seen that Alexander Kristoff had two lead out men. Normally he goes early. I waited for him to go and I was almost too late. I had to avoid Guarnieri and I almost panicked. If André Greipel had pushed me towards the barriers, I...

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It seems like sprint finishes are more and more tricky with more and more riders trying to take part. My team did a good job bringing me to the front with 2km to go. In the final sprint, the road was going up and I was dying a bit, that's why I didn't win. The next bunch sprint will be in Paris but by then I'll have other duties like supporting Tony Gallopin and going for some intermediate sprints.

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I had to score one point, so I went away again. It was good to show something after I received the polka dot jersey yesterday. I was very happy that I achieved that goal. Last night I received a big support from my country. Now I want to reach the mountains with this jersey.

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Tinkoff-Saxo team director Sean Yates insisted that Peter Sagan, who collects podium places on this Tour de France and is now only 12 points behind Andre Greipel in the fight for his 4th successive green jersey, was not frustrated by the lack of victories.

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Everybody wants to be at the front. I was on André Greipel's wheel. After I started, Mark was very fast today. I got third, it's OK. I don't know how difficult tomorrow's finish is but it'll be very hard for me to take the yellow jersey. I'm not a climber like Froome. It's impossible for me to drop him in a climb and the time bonus might not be enough. But I can try. With my karma, I don't know what I can hope for, I keep finishing second and third. But I'm doing well. The most important is...

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It was complicated from the very beginning of our breakaway because the teams of the sprinters pulled straight away. They have played with us. We would have needed 20 minutes to make it to the finish. I have done a few breakaways at the Tour before and this is the first time I am rewarded with the most aggressive rider price. It's been a good day for us because I started in Normandy where I'm from and we arrived in Brittany where our team is from, and especially in Fougères where our team...

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Mark Cavendish's and Etixx Quick Step's manager Patrick Lefevere was delighted after his team's third stage victory on this Tour and in spite of Tony Martin's withdrawal with the yellow jersey on after his crash in Le Havre.

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Sporting stakes09.07.2015

Frustrated sprinters on the grill

Stage 7 from Livarot to Fougères is a wonderful visit of rural France the day after riding along the coast of the English Channel. Starting in Normandy, going through the traditional Mayenne province where the Madiot brothers and Jacky Durand, the great personalities of French cycling, hail from, the race will end up in Brittany. The hot bed of French cycling awaits the Tour for three days and three totally different stages. The first one is perfect for the sprinters in Fougères, the...

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