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Gallery: Mohoric joins 2021 Tour winners after gripping Stage 7 action

Van der Poel and Cav both in the day's break, but Roglic loses time late on as the Tour de France's longest stage bites hard

Martin James
3 Jul 2021

Could this be the best opening week of the Tour de France ever? Recency bias aside, you’d have to say there’s a strong case.

So far Julian Alaphilippe, Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogacar have all claimed impressive and deserving stage wins, not to mention a double-helping of what’s quickly turning into The Summer of Cav.

On Friday’s Stage 7 from Vierzon to Le Creusot it was Slovenian national champion Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) getting in on the act. He initially went clear in a big group that came together early on the longest stage of this year’s Tour.

Then he distanced everyone over the lumpy second half of the course to finish 80 seconds clear of Jasper Stuyven and 100 ahead of what was left of the chase, which included race leader Mathieu van der Poel and lifelong shadow Wout van Aert.

But there were plenty of other sub-plots to savour on another fascinating day of racing – the last before the Tour enters the mountains proper over the weekend.

There was the sight of the main break of the day containing both the yellow jersey of Van der Poel himself – defending the only way he seems to know how, by attacking – and the green jersey of Mark Cavendish, who duly mopped up the points in the intermediate sprint before slipping back, his job done for the day.

Then there was major GC threat Richard Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers, who launched a big attack from the peloton on the steeper ramps of the final big climb of the day inside the last 20km, just as we had the shock sight of seeing Primoz Roglic going in the opposite direction and being dropped.

Carapaz gave it his all, and his gap was as wide as 40 seconds at one point, but with Movistar riding hard in pursuit he was caught metres from the line.

Van der Poel and Van Aert now sit first and second overall, the latter supplanting Pogacar, who slips to fifth, now 3:43 down but still the leading GC contender.

Here’s the pick of Cyclist photographer Chris Auld’s images from the day’s action:

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