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Live Reporting

By Chris Bevan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    I don't think anyone will be watching that stage again, but you lot did come up with some brilliant food-and-drink inspired rider puns so it was far from a wasted day.

    And we did get a dramatic sprint finish too, of course. You can read all about Dylan Groenewegen's stage seven victory in our report, which is building here.

    And you can also keep in touch with all the major talking pioints from today's stage on the BeSpoke podcast. You can listen to that here.

    Saturday's stage eight sees the race return to the hills so should be fun... hope you enjoy that one too.

  2. An exciting finish

    Let's be honest, it has been a boring day... but after more than six hours of racing - if you can call it racing - we got an exciting finish.

    Dylan Groenewegen came from a long way back to fight his way through to finish first - timing his lunge for the line perfectly.

  3. Yates is right again

    Another correct pick by Adam Yates in his BBC stage-by-stage guide.

    It's also Dylan Groenewegen's first stage win at this year's Tour. The Dutchman won two stages in 2018.

  4. Groenewegen gets the stage win

    Peter Sagan launched himself towards the line too, but Groenewegen got their first... just pipping Caleb Ewan.

  5. Ewan or Groenewegen?

    Caleb Ewan thought he won it too... no-one can celebrate properly yet.

  6. Who won?

    Dylan Groenewegen has his arms in the air... he's not the only one though.

  7. Post update

    Elia Vivani is up here too, and is in pole position...

  8. Post update

    Jumbo-Visma are still on the front... now here comes Daniel Oss to lead out Peter Sagan.

  9. Van Aert leads the way

    Wout Van Aert is setting the pace at the moment... this is part of the Jumbo–Visma plan to deliver Dylan Groenewegen to a stage win

  10. The waiting game

    Thibault Pinot and his Groupama–FDJ team-mates take their turn at the front, for the same reasons Ineos were up there.

    The sprinters' teams are sitting back, waiting for the right moment.

  11. Thomas looks to stay safe

    Geraint Thomas and the rest of the big-hitters are all safe in this main group, along with the man in the race leader's yellow jersey - Italy's Giulio Ciccone.

    They are just looking to stay out of trouble, and Team Ineos are doing that by taking over at the very front of the race.

  12. Post update

    Dylan Groenewegen's Jumbo-Visma train is at the front of the peloton. He has got four men with him, as he tries to win his first stage of this year's Tour.

    Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe are the next team to show themselves.

  13. Post update

    Stephane Rossetto gives up the ghost but Yoann Offredo is still trying to stay clear... he lasts for a few seconds longer before being swallowed up by the pack.

  14. The end is nigh

    Stephane Rossetto and Yoann Offredo pedal away at the front of the race, getting their sponsors some TV coverage, but the end is near... the gap is inside 10 seconds now.

  15. Who is in the mix?

    It's been a long day but the finish is going to be fun. Alexander Kristoff, Dylan Groenewegen, Elia Vivani and Caleb Ewan should figure in the dash for the line. Peter Sagan will be up there too, and Michael Matthews.

  16. Waiting to strike...

    The sprinters' teams are massing at the front of the peloton and jostling for position, but they continue to wait to hoover up the escapees.

    Who will make the first move?

  17. Post update

    Stephane Rossetto of Cofidis and Yoann Offredo of Wanty-Groupe Gobert have now been clear for 210km and five hours and 40 minutes. Their lead is still hovering around the 20-second mark, and the peloton is still massed behind them, waiting to make their move.

  18. Sagan for another stage win?

    Peter Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team have massed near the front of the peloton. Sagan won stage five in style... but none of the pure sprinters were around to contest that one.

  19. Quintana had a comfort break

    Apparently Quintana had stopped for a comfort break... just as the pace went up at the front of the peloton. Bad timing, that.

    Things have calmed down a bit of late and the front two are still 20-odd seconds clear. A cross headwind has slowed everyone down.