Etixx - Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish maneuvered his way to a sprint win in the 190.5km Tour de France Stage 7 on Friday. The Manx Missile weaved around from being boxed in behind Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), to launching perfectly off the wheel of Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) to cross the line as the victor.

Greipel was 2nd, and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished 3rd.

Mark Renshaw escorted Mark through the middle of the chaos just in time for the finale, despite an aggressive fight on the front for position between leadout trains of the peloton. 


BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen stayed third overall Friday at the Tour de France while teammate Greg Van Avermaet moved from sixth to fifth following the non-start due to injury of previous race leader Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step).

Van Garderen is 13 seconds behind new race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) and two seconds behind Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who slotted into second overall on the strength of a time bonus for finishing third on the stage.

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) won Friday's 190.5-kilometer race ahead of André Greipel (Lotto Soudal). Van Avermaet was 25th and van Garderen finished 36th, both in the same time as the stage winner.

"There were a lot of narrow roads out there, but the wind and the weather was not so bad," van Garderen said. "In the last 50 kilometers or so, on some of those narrow roads, we started feeling a little bit of the nerves. But compared to the other days, today was pretty tranquil."

Saturday's 181.5-km stage finishes atop the Mûr-de-Bretagne, a third-category climb of two kilometers.

"We did this stage back in 2011 and it was pretty hectic all day," van Garderen said. "So I expect tomorrow to be more of what we have seen earlier in the week."

Team Katusha has been informed tonight by the UCI that Italian rider Luca Paolini has been notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding. The presence of cocaine has been detected in a sample collected on July 7th.
According to the UCI Regulations the rider has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. In application of the Team policy the rider has been immediately withdrawn from the Tour de France.
Bearing in mind the anti doping regulations, the team will wait until the analysis of the B sample has been conducted before taking any further action or making any further comment.
Team Katusha is fully determined to collaborate with the anti-doping agencies in order to resolve the matter.

Etixx - Quick-Step Cycling Team announces that Tony Martin underwent surgery last night at the BG Hospital in Hamburg to fix the open fracture to his left collarbone. Martin flew during the night to Hamburg where surgery was performed in the early morning.  The surgery went well. Martin will have to respect a period of rest of 2 weeks before resuming training. 

“I would like to thank all the people involved in my transportation to the hospital and the medical staff in Hamburg” Martin says. “They were all amazing and they allowed me to undergo surgery in such a short time after the crash. In these situations time is an important factor and we couldn’t have done better. I wish good luck to my team and to all the riders busy at the Tour. I will follow the race on TV today from the hospital. It will be strange but that’s life and cycling. I have to try to see the glass half full and keep the good memories. I had a great first part of the Tour with a great team around me. I won a stage and wore the yellow jersey for the first time in my career. A dream came true during this Tour and now I’m already looking forward to coming back one day again and living the great emotions of this race.”

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