BORA-hansgrohe put Sagan back in green jersey
With some mountain stages in the Pyrenees on the horizon, yesterday’s stage 7 of the Tour de France was going to be one of the last opportunities for the faster riders to take the win.
On paper, once the climbs were out of the way on the 168km stage, it was going to be fast and full on until the finish line in Lavaur.
Catching the sprinters unaware, BORA-hansgrohe put their entire team on the front from the very start of the stage and set an unforgiving pace, to which the green jersey and other sprinters able to hang on.
With the fast men further down the road, Peter Sagan was easily able to pick up points in the intermediate sprint to put himself back in the Maillot Vert in this lead group.
While attacks went from the front of the peloton, the BORA-hansgrohe riders were more concerned with how far behind the sprinters were – and with 35km to go, the closest group was almost seven minutes behind them.
Just a couple of kilometres later, a group split from the front, but both Sagan and Emanuel Buchmann kept their wits about them and jumped in, with Buchman benefiting from the time he would take on his rivals who were left behind.
Into the final 10km and after his incredible efforts, Daniel Oss was awarded the Combativity Prize for the day.
The fast pace saw the final kilometres fly by as the riders positioned themselves ready for the sprint.
Sagan was well placed to launch his attack in the sprint and the Slovak rider was looking for space wherever he could find it, but a mechanical cruelly denied him the chance to contest for the win.