Kittel Strikes Again in Tour de France 2017

Marcel Kittel won stage seven of the Tour de France in

For Aru it was his first stage win at the Tour and the Astana rider was delighted to have turned his attack into victory on Wednesday.

"It is insane and celebrating three stage wins is incredible".

After eight stages of the 21-stage Tour, the top 10 riders in the overall standings are all still close to each other.

Close gaps in the general classification meant a number of teams chose to try and take advantage of the lumpy profile on the 188km stage from Dole to Station de Rousses.

"He'd already shown in the Dauphine he was in great shape and that was confirmed today".

Chris Froome holds on the the Yellow jersey, Arnaud Demare has the Green, Fabio Aru has the Red Polka-dots, Simon Yates has the White for best young rider, Team Sky is so far the best team and Gilbert is on the board for most aggressive rider.

"We'll definitely get a very good idea of who's really going well and above all who's climbing well", Thomas, now lying second overall after his spell in the Tour lead, said on Friday.

Last year's runner up, Romain Bardet, came home fifth at 24sec behind Aru, to now sit seventh overall at 47sec.Thomas, who started the day 12 seconds clear, dropped to second at 12sec behind his team leader.

Kittel looks determined as he cycles hard to win stage seven from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges on Friday afternoon
Kittel looks determined as he cycles hard to win stage seven from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges on Friday afternoon

"Nothing has changed, (we've just got to) stick to going for the stage wins and after that see what happens".

Since today's start line was across the road and the pan-flat stage ahead didn't suggest a frantic start, my team-mates and I chose to go for a coffee together and spent a while chatting in the sun before lining up for another five-hour day in the saddle.

"I think they've got plenty of work coming up in the mountains".

After 95km of hard racing the riders face the first categorised climb of the day a category 3 ascent measuring 6.1km at a gentle 4.7 per cent.

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"This weekend is the first real big shake up". Three climbs on the 116-mile route will serve as a warm-up for the extremely tough Stage 9 in the Alps on Sunday, which has seven climbs, including three with the "hors categorie" or beyond rating.

Dan is now fourth overall at 25 seconds, so there is the possibility we could have an Irishman in yellow by Sunday.

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