Mohoric takes seventh stage
Slovenia's Matej Mohoric claimed a first-ever stage win at the Tour de France on Friday, as Mathieu van der Poel maintained his 30-second lead over Wout van Aert atop the general standings.
Outsider Van der Poel is at 1111/1 to go the distance and hold on to the yellow jersey; he crossed the line fourth in a group that also contained Van Aert, and currently sits almost four minutes ahead of overall favourite Tadej Pogacar.
Friday's mammoth stage, the longest in the last 21 years of the Tour, wound 249km from Vierzon to Le Creusot in France's central region.
Bahrain-Victorious' Mohoric broke off from the leading pack and finished 80 seconds clear of nearest competitor Jasper Stuyven of Trek-Segafredo, the 26-year-old completing a trio of victories across cycling's three grand tours: the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d'Italia.
There was drama further down the field as Colombian Richard Carapaz of Ineos made a late dash from the main peloton in an attempt to gain precious seconds on Pogacar, but was caught at the finish, his charge in vain.
Primoz Roglic, compatriot of Mohoric and Pogacar, also blundered, rolling in 65th overall. With a nine-minute gap opening up between himself and Van der Poel, the twice-consecutive Vuelta champion looks to be out of the running.
Saturday's eighth stage follows a climb-riddled 150km route from Oyonnax to Le Grand-Bornand.