Cummings solos to victory in stage 7 at the Tour de France

Stephen Cummings took the fourth stage win of the Tour de France 2016 for Dimension Data team, soloing away from the breakaway before the Col d’Aspin and then surviving to take his second stage win in Le Tour.

The Brit soloed away from a 29-rider breakaway and continued to increase his advantage all the way up the Col d’Aspin to claim his second Tour de France stage victory with an advantage of 1’05” over Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange) and Daniel Navarro (Cofidis). Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) joined the break, finished 5th and extended his overall lead while Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was the only loser in a ceasefire between the GC riders. A collapsed 1km-to-go-banner created chaos in the finale and brought down Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) who had attacked over the top of the Aspin.

With his impressive ride, Van Avermaet extended his overall lead to 6.36 over Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep). However, there will be no room to rest as stage 8 is even harder. After a flat start of around 65km, the riders will tackle the famous Col du Tourmalet, the first HC climb of the race. From there, no recovery is allowed as the Hourquette d’Ancizan, Cold de Val Louron-Azet and Col de Peyresourde come in quick succession. The top of the final climb comes just 15.5km from the finish and from there it is a downhill run to the line.

Tour de France 2016 – stage 7 results (l’Isle-Jourdain – Lac de Payolle):

1 Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data)


2 Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange)


3 Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)


4 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)


5 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


6 Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis)


7 Geraint Thomas (Sky)


8 Wout Poels (Sky)


9 Gorka Izagirre (Movistar)


10 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)



General classification after stage 7:

1 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


2 Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)


3 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)


4 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)


6 Christopher Froome (Sky)


7 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


8 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)


9 Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)


10 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)