Marcel Kittel powers home to take his second stage win of the 2017 Tour de France
Marcel Kittel’s sprinting credentials were on display once more as he powered home to take an uneventful but energy-sapping stage. Kittel fought off the challenge of Arnuad Démare, André Greipel and Alexander Kristoff, much to the delight of the Quickstep team.
As far as pro-cylcing goes it was a relatively straight forward stage for riders (less for a stray parasol), a tightly packed peloton chasing the breakaway of Perrig Quemeneur, Frederik Backaert and Vegard Stake Laengen. Backaert was first in the Intermediate Sprint, among the challengers were Démare on Michael Matthews and Andre Greipel.
Chris Froome remains in yellow, he along with the other GC contenders were content to spin the legs and sit in the protective bubble of the peloton, allowing the sprinters’ teams did the pulling at the front. The oppressive heat may have taken its toll on some of the riders, all of whom will be taking in plenty of electrolytes this evening.
Stage 7 is another long stage taking the riders 213.5KM from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges. The stage is almost a carbon copy of stage 6, however there are a few twists and turns, especially towards the latter part. The riders will overcome one category four climb before the run in to the stage finish. It will be another day for the sprinters, Démare will be looking to make his attack count for a stage victory.
The GC contenders will be looking to conserve as much energy as possible, Saturday’s stage eight is anything other than flat.
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