2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Stage 7 Photo Gallery

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The difference between winning and second place was just a centimeter at the end of Friday’s stage 7 run from Epernay to Nancy, with Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Matteo Trentin taking the razor thin sprint victory ahead of current green jersey holder Peter Sagan (Cannondale). Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) was third. There were no significant changes in the chase for the overall title, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) safely crossing the line with the front bunch to maintain his GC lead over teammate Jakob Fuglsang. Sagan remains third, 44 seconds back. See stage 7 results here.


Tejay van Garderen Crash

Another Tour de France stage, another day full of crashes. This muck-up with about 16km to go claimed about a dozen riders, including American GC hopeful Tejay van Garderen (BMC). Because the pace was so high at the time, the BMC rider never regained touch with the front group, losing 1:03 and dropping from 11th to 18th overall at 3:14. Photo by Graham Watson

Paul Vos Crash

Paul Vos (NetApp-Endura) was among a litany of riders to hit the deck during the stage 7 run from Epernay to Nancy. Fortunately for Vos, he was able to continue and finished the stage. Photo by Graham Watson

Tejay van Garderen

BMC’s Tejay van Garderen put up a valiant fight after crashing near the end of stage 7, but never regained the front group. Notice the big hole in his Pearl Izumi bibshorts. Photo by Graham Watson

Andrew Talansky Crash

Garmin-Sharp GC hope Andrew Talansky also crashed near the end of stage 7. Afterwards he blamed Australian national champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreneEdge) for the incident. Fortunately for Talansky, the crash happened within the final 3km so he lost no time. Photo by Graham Watson

Andrew Talansky

After the mishap, Talansky checks his bike before cruising across the finish line. Photo by Graham Watson

Andrew Talansky

Garmin-Sharp’s Andrew Talansky wears the badge of his late race crash. Photo by Graham Watson

Danny Van Poppel

Trek Factory Racing’s young sprinter Danny Van Poppel gets a helping hand from a team mechanic after a wheel change during stage 7. Photo by Graham Watson

Stage 7 Crash

The first week of the Tour is always a nervous affair. Stage 7 was no exception. Photo by Graham Watson

Stage 7 Peloton

The peloton passes the Verdun memorial on stage 7 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson


The day’s main breakaway gave it a valiant effort, but with Peter Sagan’s Cannondale team keeping the pace high, their efforts were for naught. Photo by Graham Watson

Ted King and Cannondale

American Ted King and his Cannondale teammates made sure the day’s main breakaway never got too far out of sight. Sagan couldn’t repay the work in full, though, coming up a centimeter short at the line. Photo by Graham Watson

Main Break

The day’s main break, plus a fleet of team cars roll along during stage 7 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson


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