Dylan Groenewegen claims Stage 7 of Tour de France

The Netherlands Dylan Groenewegen crosses the finish line to win stage seven

"I positioned myself in Kristoff's wheel and with two hundred metres to go I thought: this is the moment".

Groenewegen grew up in a cycling environment as his grandfather was a bike manufacturer and his boyhood coach was Jean-Paul van Poppel, victor of nine sprint finishes at the Tour de France.

"The Mur de Bretagne is much harder than this", said Van Avermaet, who would not rule Sagan out of contention for the sixth stage. "My team did a brilliant job all day and I wanted to finish it off", he said. "I was second there before and I feel like I should have won that day perhaps".

Both title hopefuls were left behind by the rest of the top riders as they increased the pace hunting for the win that finally went to Daniel Martin of Ireland.

He has 234 points to the 23-year-old Gaviria's 203.

The pair have two stage wins each from the first five and Sagan had predicted Tuesday the Colombian might struggle with the climbs. "I was looking for the finish line and I don't see it".

"It was a boring stage, no wind, no stress just boring, I was talking to everybody", he said.

The pair are 13th and 14th, one minute two seconds behind yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet, and one second ahead of Dumoulin. He has added to his green jersey points total in every road stage of Tour so far, with wins in stage 2 and 5 and runner-up performances in stages 1 and 4.

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"Yellow jersey wearer Van Avermaet described the climax as 'an awesome finish".

Greg Van Avermaet remained in the yellow jersey, extending his lead over Geraint Thomas to six seconds by claiming the three-second in-stage time bonus.

The peloton split in three just under the 100 kilometre mark with Quick-Step and the main contenders in the first chasing group, followed by a second group which included Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Dan Martin (UAE), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) and Astana's Jakob Fuglsang.

Martin hit the asphalt as the peloton was speeding up to get ready for the final sprint. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) +0:00 3.

Martin was one of several team leaders along with former Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali and two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana who were caught off-guard by an attack by Quick-Step 100 kilometers into the stage during a straightaway that was exposed to crosswinds.

He was swift to react, leading his team across the breach within a couple of kilometres.

Breakaway efforts proved to be in vain, with the most notable coming from Wanty-Groupe Gobert's French rider Yoann Offredo.

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