In a Tour packed with sprint finishes, Friday’s stage 7 was another opportunity for Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’S Alexander Kristoff to try for a win. With a good lead-out from teammates Marco Haller and Rick Zabel, Kristoff was again in the heart of the action on the finish line in Nuits-Saint-Georges but just missed the podium with another fourth place, repeating his results from yesterday.
“My sprint was not ideal. I was with Rick and Marco as we came into the finish, then with Rick with maybe 500 meters to go. Everyone was going to the right and I thought that would not be too smart to go there and get stuck. So, I tried to come to the front on the left side but I ended up using energy by being in the wind, and I needed that energy for the final sprint. But overall I was feeling OK and thought maybe I could do a little bit more than I did. I do feel I am getting closer to being able to win. Close but no cigar. Still two weeks to go,” said team leader Alexander Kristoff.
Stage 7 at 213.5km began in Troyes. It was a photo finish between Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Dimension Data, with the win finally being awarded to Kittel. Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb was third, just ahead of Kristoff. There was no change on the GC with Chris Froome still leading by 12-seconds to Team Sky teammate Geraint Thomas.
A full week of racing is now in the books. Saturday’s stage 8 begins in Dole and ends in Station des Rousses. At 187.5k, it should be a day for the climbers and overall contenders.
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