- Tour de France 2019 Stage 7 – Belfort > Chalon-sur-Saône
Morning all, after the excitement of yesterday we head back down to the flats. Let’s see what’s in store.
Stage 7 is the longest of the 106th Tour de France with 230km to cover from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône. As there’s no stage without any categorized climb this year, KOM points will be up for grabs at col de Ferrière (cat. 4, km 37.5), côte de Chassagne-Saint-Denis (cat. 3, km 95.5) and côte de Nans-Sous-Sainte-Anne (cat. 4, km 119.5) but Tim Wellens’ polka dot jersey is not under threat and his Lotto-Soudal team will have another goal with gearing up for a bunch sprint finish.
And the view from the boss?
On the longest stage of the Tour de France, the peloton will go through Ornans, the birthplace of painter Gustave Courbet born in 1819- so it will be 200 years- a reference of the Realism art movement in the 19th century. And that’s certainly a quality that the breakaway riders will need, to stay clear of the perfectly timed pursuit of the pack led by the sprinters’ teams.
Lovely. So let’s look at the profile.
And the last KM?
So who’s in the mix, inrng.com will give us the answer.
The Contenders: Elia Viviani is the prime pick this time, he’s won already and with help from his Deceuninck-Quickstep team which looks more solid than the Lotto-Soudal train so Caleb Ewan has his work cut out. Once again Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Lotto) completes the trio of obvious picks and in his own words he’s “not yet 100%”. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Emirates) as the outside pick as he’ll be close and so will Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) could win with a bike throw on the uphill lunge to the line
And like every day, over to CyclingTips for the pics of the day before, loads of great pics there today.
The last push.
G.Posted 5 days ago
Is it just going to be one of those interminable “transfer” stages where you could watch the last 10 minutes and not really miss anything?
Maybe last 15kms. There’s a good chance of cross winds and if the break is reeled in by then, there could be some fun to be had.Posted 4 days agosenor jSubscriber
“ one of those interminable “transfer” stages where you could watch the last 10 minutes and not really miss anything?”Posted 4 days ago
I’m laid up on the sofa with summer man flu (worse than cat aids) and I can assure you I’ve enjoyed every minute between catnapping. Hurrah.
Sagan for the win.
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