Dylan Groenewegen claims Stage 7 of Tour de France

Unbelievable scenes as Ireland's Dan Martin wins Tour de France stage

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won stage seven of the Tour de France, dominating a bunch sprint after nearly six hours in the saddle.

"I was really relaxed all day - not over-confident, but looking forward to having a crack, looking forward to racing hard on the last climb".

Dream big and dare to fail.

As the climb wore on, a strong headwind and a dramatic last- minute chase by Pierre Latour of Ag2r saw Martin just hold on by a mere second to claim victory from the Frenchman on the line, with Alejandro Valverde of Movistar a further two seconds back in third. "I have the legs to win now, so we celebrate tonight and maybe the same tomorrow". "I was picking wheels and seemed to be a good position", the Manxman said.

"My shape is getting better by the day, I'm proud that I won again today", said Groenewegen, who won the final stage on the Champs Elysees past year.

In the 2015 tour, he finished second on the same route as today's stage.

Dumoulin, the time trial world champion and 2017 Giro d'Italia victor, was slowed by a tire puncture at the foot of the final ascent and lost 53 seconds.

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Other riders chatted as they admired the rolling countryside.

While that Alp ascent awaiting on Stage 12 rises to 1,850 meters, the Mur de Bretagne tops out at 293 meters.

Froome is trying to join Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour five times.

Pichon's solo breakaway ended with 38km still to race, which meant full bonus seconds at the bonus sprint for the peloton, and yellow jersey Van Avermaet took advantage by leading his team-mates through the line.

All the top contenders for the overall victory enjoyed a comfortable day as the race heads towards a much-feared ninth stage featuring cobbled sectors on Sunday just before the first rest day.

Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet, of BMC, retained the overall yellow jersey, while Briton Chris Froome, of Sky, the defending champion, is one minute and two seconds off Van Avermaet's overall lead.

The pack leaves Fougeres, rear, during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 231 kilometers (143.5 miles) with start in Fougeres and finish in Chartres, France, France, Friday, July 13, 2018.

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