Sagan takes seventh stage of Tour in sprint finish
Slovakian extends points lead over Mark Cavendish
Peter Sagan celebrates after winning the seventh stage of the Tour de France from Montpellier to Albi. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
The Slovakian, who had finished second three times already in this Tour, tasted victory after an outstanding performance from his Cannondale team, who forced the pace of the peloton for much of the day to drop his major sprint rivals early in the stage.
The peloton chased down the last of the day’s attacks – led by Jan Bakelants who took the yellow jersey after making a similar late break stick on stage two of this Tour – with 2.8km of the 205km from Montpellier remaining, and Sagan beat John Degenkolb to the line with Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Daniele Bennati third.
Darly Impey was close behind to ensure the South African retains the yellow jersey for another day.