Kittel wins stage 7 at the Tour de France in photo-finish

Marcel Kittel tour de france 2017

Marcel Kittel won the seventh stage of the Tour de France. The final sprint was very tight and the German got the win by millimeters over Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).

Kittel was declared the victor ahead of Boasson Hagen by just six millimetres and joins Erik Zabel as the German rider with most stage wins on the Tour (12).

“It’s nice to be now one stage win shy of the record. I’m enjoying every single victory. I just concentrate on my job. It’s just cycling that makes me happy,” said Kittel.

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was a distant third as Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

Kittel also snatched the green jersey for the points classification from Arnaud Demare (FDJ) after the French champion, who had been ill overnight, was not a factor in the sprint. Kittel has 197 points to Demare’s 182.

“It is the closest win of my career. What a difference six millimetres can make between a big joy and a big disappointment,” said Kittel. “I focus on the green jersey. These victories bring me big points. I’m happy that I managed to throw my bike just the right way.”

Tour de France 2017 – stage 7 results (Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges):

1Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)


2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


3Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)


4Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)


5John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)


6Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)


7Rüdiger Selig (Bora-hansgrohe)


8Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)


9André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)


10Daniel Mclay (Fortuneo – Oscaro)



General classification after stage 7:

1Christopher Froome (Team Sky)


2Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


3Fabio Aru (Astana)


4Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)


5Richie Porte (BMC)


6Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)


7Romain Bardet (AG2R)


8Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


9Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


10Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


11Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac)


12Pierre Latour (AG2R)


13Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)


14Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


15Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


16Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


17Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)


18Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)


19Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac)


20Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)



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