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Summary

  1. Stage seven is the longest of this year's race at 231km
  2. Dylan Groenewegen wins bunch sprint in Chartres
  3. Fernando Gaviria second, Peter Sagan third
  4. Mark Cavendish again boxed in and ends up in 10th
  5. Get involved by telling us about your longest ride #bbccycling or text 81111

Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Adieu

    That's it for this live text. Thanks for reading and sending in all your longest ride stories.

    The report of stage seven is building here.

    Mark Cavendish's stage-by-stage guide is here.

    And look out for our daily Bespoke podcast appearing here soon.

    See you tomorrow for stage eight - another flat one for the sprinters, but thankfully 50km shorter.

    Adieu!

  2. Post update

    Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish, speaking to ITV4: "I was following quite good wheels but it was choppy. I was picking wheels and seemed to be a good position.

    "But when I went to go, Quick-Step and Bora have just got a different kind of level of top speed. I was quite excited and when I kicked - my power was pretty good actually - but it wasn't enough.

    "I had a little coming together with Alexander Kristoff, it might've been my fault and it just stopped me dead.

    "I just keep trying, our backs are against the wall all the time here. It's not going to be easy to win here but we keep trying. I lost the guys on that crunch point just after 2km to go.

    "Also, if those cycling journalists talked about some really choppy riders rather than me, trying to get clicks, then we'd see who they really are."

    Any names? "No, it's just not always me."

  3. Top 10 on GC

    No real change in the general classification, aside from Greg van Avermaet extending his lead over the rest of the race by three seconds thanks to that bonus sprint.

    Chris Froome and Adam Yates rolled in safely with the main bunch.

    1. Greg van Avermaet
    2. Geraint Thomas +6secs
    3. Tejay van Garderen +8secs
    4. Julian Alaphilippe +9secs
    5. Philippe Gilbert +15secs
    6. Bob Jungels +21secs
    7. Rigoberto Uran +48secs
    8. Alejandro Valverde +54secs
    9. Rafal Majka +55secs
    10. Jakob Fuglsang +56secs
  4. Post update

    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, speaking to ITV4: "There were a few moments were teams tried to split the race but there was no real wind to do anything and nobody wanted to go in the break. The finale just made it really fast and stressful.

    "It's still six hours in the saddle but stages like today are easier than racing full gas over the same period. One more day now and then a big day on Sunday.

    "Everybody knew there was no need to go up front for that long. Maybe they should just have stages shorter than 200km - it would be more exciting for everyone."

  5. Post update

    Greg van Avermaet pinched three bonus seconds at the time bonus sprint today to extend his lead in the yellow jersey to six seconds over Geraint Thomas.

    What did the Welshman make of today's stage?....

  6. Post update

    Stage winner Dylan Groenewegen: "It was very difficult, I didn't have good legs in the beginning of the Tour but I was getting better every day. I felt good on stage four but the timing was missing and today we did it.

    "I was behind Alexander Kristoff, he was going, I stayed in his wheel and then went with 200m to go and it was good enough.

    "I hope I can win more stages - we celebrate this tonight and maybe next day again."

  7. Post update

    That was easy for Groenewegen in the end - beating Gaviria by two bike lengths.

    He looked much quicker than the previous bunch sprints in this Tour. Has Gaviria fatigued slightly on his Tour debut?

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    Marc Selby: I think we have seen the changing of the guard. Out go Kittel, Cav and Greipel, in come Gaviria, Groenewegen and Sagan. You can’t argue with these results now.

  9. Top 10 on stage seven

    1. Dylan Groenewegen
    2. Fernando Gaviria
    3. Peter Sagan
    4. Arnaud Demare
    5. Christophe Laporte
    6. John Degenkolb
    7. Daryl Impey
    8. Andre Greipel
    9. Andrea Pasqualon
    10. Mark Cavendish
  10. Post update

    Dutchman Groenewegen won on the Champs Elysees last year and takes his second Tour stage in emphatic style.

    Maybe Fernando Gaviria has a rival for the most sprint wins in this year's race?

    Peter Sagan - who else? - finished third.

    Mark Cavendish had his back wheel clipped inside the last 200m but already looked out of it by then, again boxed in.

  11. BreakingGroenewegen wins stage seven

    Dylan Groenewegen swings round the outside of Fernando Gaviria and holds off the Colombian in mightily impressive fashion to claim stage seven in Chartres.

  12. 200m to go

    Gaviria goes, Groenewegen goes with him.

    Cavendish looks out of it.

  13. 500m to go

    Gaviria and Sagan up there. Cavendish still in the mix.

  14. 1km to go

    Mark Renshaw hits the front under the final 1km in service of Mark Cavendish.

    FDJ are up there and Fernando Gaviria has three lead-out men.

  15. Post update

    Cofidis lead it through the chicane, followed by Bora. Looks like everyone came through that smoothly.

    Mark Cavendish drops to 10th in the line but he's on Peter Sagan's wheel.

  16. 2km to go

    Cofidis are the latest team to hit the front.

    Mark Cavendish fighting to stay up there. Here comes the chicane...

  17. 3km to go

    Bahrain-Merida and LottoNL-Jumbo hit the front for Sonny Colbrelli and Dylan Groenewegen respectively.

  18. 4km to go

    GC teams flood to the front to try and get their men to the 3km point so they won't lose any time for crashes or mechanicals.

    Dimension Data fight to stay up there though.

  19. 5km to go

    Lotto-Soudal now have three riders on the front, Dimension Data tuck in behind.

    Team Sky surged up to the front to protect Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in the final stages.

  20. 6km to go

    The peloton head left at a roundabout.

    Still Lotto-Soudal and Dimension Data on the front.

    Quick-Step are making a move up the left now for Fernando Gaviria. Not seen much of the Belgian squad so far but their train has been mightily impressive in this Tour.