Tour de France Stage 7: Dylan Groenewegen outsprints Fernando Gaviria

Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen beat favorites Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan in a sprint to win the longest stage of the Tour de France on Friday

Sagan edged Sonny Colbrelli and Philippe Gilbert in the final sprint to complete the 204.5km ride from Lorient to Quimper in 4 hours, 48 minutes, 6 seconds.

It was a first stage win of this Tour for Groenewegen and the second of his career after victory on the final day in Paris previous year.

Both he and Greipel were demoted from the sprint by the commissaires after the finish - effectively promoting Sagan to second on the stage.

With almost six hours in the saddle and hardly any action until the finale, there was plenty of time to relax and fool around during the longest stage of the Tour de France on Friday.

Today he certainly made good on his threat. Froome trails race leader Greg Van Avermaet by 1:02.

"I talked to everyone", Sagan said when asked how he passed the time after finishing third in the mass sprint which, with its uphill finish, suited him.

"I was really relaxed all day - not over-confident, but looking forward to having a crack, looking forward to racing hard on the last climb". The four-time Tour victor, aiming for a fourth successive Grand Tour victory, went straight on at a bend entering the eighth cobbled sector but recovered to finish in the main group.

"I was pretty disappointing in the first few stages but now I've got the power back in my legs", said the 25-year-old from Amsterdam who dislikes comparisons to Briton Mark Cavendish.

Although Van Avermaet retains yellow for now, it was in truth a dismal day for BMC. Movistar's Mikel Landa and Education First-Drapac's Rigoberto Uran also fell, while France's great hope, Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale suffered five mechanical problems - three punctures and two bike changes - along the way.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro d'Italia champion, suffered a puncture with five kilometres to go and ended the day 53 seconds behind the victor.

Meanwhile, Geraint Thomas of Team Sky inched closer to the race leader's yellow jersey as the race turned east to begin a series of long flat stages across northern France.

Pichon's solo breakaway ended with 38km still to race, which meant full bonus seconds at the bonus sprint for the peloton, and yellow jersey Van Avermaet took advantage by leading his team-mates through the line.

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