Italy’s Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won stage 7 today, in one of the longest days at the Tour de France, 145 miles from Épernay to Nancy. The sprint was so close, he didn’t realize he won until minutes later.
“I found out that I won when I heard it on the radio,” Trentin said.
With his teammate Mark Cavendish injured and out of the Tour, Trentin’s victory gave the Omega-Pharma team something to finally celebrate.
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) gave it all he had in the last three miles. He attacked on the last climb but was caught at about a half a mile to go. He sprinted with burning legs but was nipped out at the finish line. On the awards stage to accept his green and white jerseys, Sagan looked disappointed at missing a victory and getting second place for a third time.
The Americans had bad luck in today’s race. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) apparently looked away during the final sprint, rubbed a wheel and went tumbling over to the barricades.
U.S. Tour hopeful Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) crashed on the last climb of the day and lost about a minute of time. That moved him down from 10th to 18th place in the overall standings.