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

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

The Dutchman was seventh going into this stage only 13 seconds behind Van Avermaet but will now be a minute behind.

The Welshman has been given free reign by Team Sky in the first week to race with Froome for the yellow jersey, although will be expected to revert to the role of super-domestique after the first rest day after stage nine.

Martin came home second the last time a Tour stage ended in Mur de Bretagne three years ago and he admitted he had been obsessed about winning here this time on a punchy climb that suited his abilities.

Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas of Team Sky inched closer to the race leader's yellow jersey as the race turned east to begin a series of long flat stages across northern France.

Martin is now 21st overall, one minute and 30 seconds off the lead which is still held by Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet. Today the legs were good and everything was OK, " Groenewegen said.

He had accelerated from 19 to 30km/h on a 10 per cent gradient and he went for it with a kilometre to go to the finish line.




"I hit the back wheel of Bardet when there was the movement in the peloton and I couldn't avoid it", the Dutch rider said.

After crossing the line, Groenewegen placed his finger to his lips in a gesture of silence.

The Dutch cyclist, who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, clocked almost six hours over the 231-kilometer (143.5-mile) trek from Fougeres, home to the best-preserved and largest medieval fortress in Europe, to Chartres, site of a vast cathedral known for its stained-glass windows. "I had no legs to beat the first two guys". I went with 200 meters and it was good enough.

Days like these are referred to as "transfer" stages, for moving the Tour from one area to the next - from Brittany to north-central France in this case, as the race winds toward Sunday's highly awaited cobblestoned leg to Roubaix near the Belgian border.

"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". The French rider built up a gap of more than eight minutes between himself and the peleton - the biggest lead at any stage so far this year.

Stage 8 on Saturday covers a slightly more challenging terrain over 181 kilometers from Dreux to Amiens but again should set up well for sprinters.


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