Tour de France 2017: Lilian Calmejane solos to stage eight win

09 July 2017, 12:23 | Kristine Mills

Marcel Kittel sprints to the finish line on his way to victory in Stage 7

Marcel Kittel sprints to the finish line on his way to victory in Stage 7

But Calmejane, 24, held an impressive one-and-a-half-minute cushion over the main group with a 10-kilometre flat awaiting him, but the young gun lost five seconds over Robert Gesink after coming down with cramp.

He attacked with 2.4km left of the stage that started in Vittel, and quickly opened up a winning gap.

The mountainous stages in the Pyrenees and Alps are among the most visually spectacular, the steep inclines that force the riders to slow giving you more chance to take it all in and nab those ideal shots.

"Me and (team mate) Geraint (Thomas) took the wrong trajectory in a corner and we went off the road, it happens sometimes", said Froome.

Team Sky race leader Chris Froome said: "Today some teams wanted the [race leader's] yellow jersey... we couldn't let them go". "I think the chance is definitely there this year", he said.

Race leader and reigning champion Chris Froome had a quiet day in the saddle, barring one weird moment when he and several other riders had to take evasive action to avoid a parasol that blew onto the road right in front of the peloton.

There is going to be a real shake up and we will get a far better understanding of who is where.

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Tour de France stages such as those we raced on Friday are anything but recovery days for general classification riders like me.

It's incredible how something as simple as the taste of home can make your day when you're in the middle of a race.

"They took me all the way to the line with a ideal lead out", Boasson Hagen said.

Tasmanian BMC Racing rider Richie Porte retained fifth position after stage six of the Tour de France.

Of the leading green jersey contenders, Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was not involved, however, dropped already and in for a long, long day in the saddle due to illness.

Marcel Kittel proved the strongest and fastest man in today's stage 7 of the Tour de France 2017, which took the riders from Troyes, over Gevrey Chambertin, to Nuits-Saint-Georges - where a selection of delicious classic and famous wines are produced.

"This weekend is the first real big shake up. There is a fair distance to the finish after the climb on Sunday so it could be a negative race". Arguably the toughest of this Tour, it has seven notable climbs.

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