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Tour de France 2019 stage 7: Belfort > Chalon-sur-Saône 230k

After the first GC test and the first teaser of the fitness of the respective GC contenders, a long, but calm day awaits - a flat stage from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saõne.

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Belfort has been visited a couple of times by the Tour - most recent at 2012, where it hosted the start of the stage to Porrentruy, where the 5th placed rider of today's stage, Thibaut Pinot, won his breakthrough victory, helped by the passionate support of Marc Madiot. Belfort is a city of approximately 50.000 residents, and the city is known for the lion of Belfort...



...which was built as a symbol and celebration of the strong French resistance towards the Prussian siege of the city in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. The siege by the 40.000 Prussians lasted 103 days, and the defense is more impressive when considereing that of the 17.000 defenders, only 3500 were militarily trained.

There are three categorized climbs in the stage, placed exclusively at the first half of the stage, which is more bumpy than the last 90 kms, which are entirely flat. Considering that there is an intermediate sprint just 35 kms from the line, it might encourage the sprint teams to keep the breakaway on a tight leash as to let the point jersey contenders contest the intermediate sprint.

The flat finish in Chalon-sur-saône will surely by contested by the likes of Viviani, Sagan and others - in sunny weather the forecast predicts:



The city of Chalon-sur-saône is famous for being the birthplace of the man credited as the inventor of photography, Nicéphore Niépce. He didn't bother to take a picture of himself (selfies are a modern phenomenon after all :lol: ) , so a painting will do:



Now, let's finish this off with the stage profile:





General classification on the eve of stage 7:

1. Giulio CICCONE
2. Julian ALAPHILIPPE + 6''
3. Dylan TEUNS + 32''
4. George BENNETT + 47''
5. Geraint THOMAS + 49''
6. Egan BERNAL + 53''
7. Thibaut PINOT + 58''
8. Steven KRUIJSWIJK + 1'04''
9. Michael WOODS + 1'13''
10. Rigoberto URAN + 1'15''
11. Jakob FUGLSANG + 1'19''
12. Emanuel BUCHMANN + 1'22''
13. Enric MAS + 1'23''
14. Adam YATES + 1'24''
15. Xandro MEURISSE + 1'39''

Green jersey competition on the eve of stage 7:

1. Peter SAGAN 144
2. Michal MATTHEWS 98
3. Elia VIVIANI 92
4. Sonny COLBRELLI 88
5. Matteo TRENTIN 75

Polka-dot jersey competition on the eve of stage 7:

1. Tim WELLENS 43
2. Giulio CICCONE 30
3. Xandro MEURISSE 27
4. Dylan TEUNS 13
5. Natnael BERHANE 13

Youth classification on the eve of stage 7:

1. Giulio CICCONE
2. Egan BERNAL + 53''
3. Enric MAS + 1'23''
4. David GAUDU + 1'53''
5. Wout VAN AERT + 13'20''
 
Re: Tour de France 2019 stage 7: Belfort > Chalon-sur-Saône

Transition stage, it looks like the sprinters will battle for the win. Can Dylan or Caleb take it? I hope that Caleb does: he's in my CQ team, and third places won't get me anywhere :) .
 
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More Strides than Rides said:
That's because the Giro's for crazy bike riders! (the TdSuisse did have a railway crossing in the last km which could have been "interesting") - though I hope that "keep right" sign is well marked/covered as we don't want a repeat of Cav's "superman impression" from Milan-San Remo last year.

Prediction - TdF's longest stage, Forum's shortest stage thread. Greipel to show he can go in the break, climb, and win a sprint. Go André!
 
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Robert5091 said:
More Strides than Rides said:
That's because the Giro's for crazy bike riders! (the TdSuisse did have a railway crossing in the last km which could have been "interesting") - though I hope that "keep right" sign is well marked/covered as we don't want a repeat of Cav's "superman impression" from Milan-San Remo last year.

Prediction - TdF's longest stage, Forum's shortest stage thread. Greipel to show he can go in the break, climb, and win a sprint. Go André!
That prediction will be spot on! :lol: Now you made me aware of something I have thought of the last couple of days; aren't the stage threads in general shorter this year than previous years? Or is it just me, because we haven't hit the mountains yet?
 
Great stage introduction. It will be a stage that will not disappoint anyone. Everyone knows what is to be expected,
But of course, we can always hope for the miraculous breakaway win, only a few metres in front of a charging peloton.
 
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JosephK said:
TJVG crashed. Back on the bike, will need to pull a Lawson Craddock to continue. :(
With the medical car now. Loads of rash on his face and jersey torn to pieces on both sides. Didn't see it but must have been a heavy crash.
 
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RedheadDane said:
I'd like to thank the riders for not going full speed from the get-go on a day when I got slightly later home from work. :D
I had time to go for a jog after the start (at "old man" pace), take a shower, and get back to the "action" with 100+ kilometers left. Devilishly hoping for crosswinds to spice things up.
 
Offredo after stage 4: I don't understand the peloton. (kept us on tight leash of some 3 min, hard to understand why no more than 2 teams are interested in breakaway) - and we have a replay today
 

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