Who The Hell Won This Tour De France Sprint?

But the commissaires fortunately pored over a super high resolution pic and proclaimed Kittel the victor of stage 7 after 213.5 kilometres raced from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Their advantage reduced significantly to one minute and 40 seconds after the intermediate sprint at Chanceaux, 105 kilometres from the finish.

"It was so close, like past year with Bryan Coquard", he said.

Hello everybody and welcome to this, our live rolling blog from stage eight of the 104th edition of the Tour de France.

"To win solo like this is unbelievable, said Calmejane, who also won a stage at his first grand Tour, the Vuelta Spanish, last year".

But Porte failed to deliver, beaten by Italian Fabio Aru, who signalled his ambitions at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles, and Chris Froome is wearing the yellow jersey, 12 seconds ahead of team mate Geraint Thomas.

Let the sprinters have their day in the sun and prepare for the next mountain stages this weekend. French rider Guillaume Martin placed third on the stage, another 13 seconds back.

"I'm happy with my ride for the first mountain stage".

Team Sky were in control all day despite a hectic start to the stage, with nearly 50 riders managing to break away from the main pack.

"I'm not sure if it'll be a massive battle, the day after it is even tougher, but there'll be guys making opportunistic little moves".

The Frenchman attacked on the final climb and despite enduring bike-stopping cramp in the final five kilometres said it had been a "fantastic" day.

After a breakneck start to the stage that saw numerous attacks fail to stay away as a fluid race situation reigned, eventually a group of 46 riders were able to get clear of the peloton before that then splintered.

The 26-year-old has a blistering start to the season, before tailing off slightly, though showed some from in the recent Tour de Suisse which he will hope to draw from today.

But on Sunday's stage, with a trio of Hors Categorie climbs in the Jura - ascents so hard they forcibly remain outside the organisers' ranking of climbing difficulty - there will be no room for those sorts of doubts.

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  • Sheila Mcguire