Tejay Van Garderen (Education First) and Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) both crashed inside the peloton early on Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France. Stage 7 is the longest stage of this year’s tour, but not as brutal as some of the other stages.
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And yet, the crash showed just how easy it is to slip. Van Garderen sat on the pavement for a while, receiving medical attention, before making it back on his bike. He caught up with the peloton, but looked pretty badly beaten up after the fall.
Watch: Van Garderen’s Stage 7 crash
On Thursday, defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas defied his doubters Thursday as Belgian Dylan Teuns won stage six and his breakaway partner Giulio Ciccone snatched the yellow jersey by just a few seconds on an iconic mountain stage.
Teuns won the ultra-tough mountain stage to Planche des
Belles Filles when he and Ciccone crossed the summit finish line as the sole
survivors of a mass breakaway.
Tour de France 2019: Stage 7 profile
Those who reserved some of their energy on Thursday monster Stage 6 have a chance to make inroads here. The first part of this marathon stage will still be taxing, but those who have energy in reserve – both mental and physical – will be blessed with some relief for the latter parts.
Profile: The longest stage of this year’s tour, mercifully incline-free for the most part.