Tour de France 2024: Evenepoel Wins Stage 7 Time Trial; Pogacar Retains Lead

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Nuits-Saint-Georges, France – The seventh stage of the Tour de France saw Belgian rider Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) emerge victorious in the 25.3 km individual time trial from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin. The world champion in the discipline completed the course 12 seconds faster than second-placed Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), with Primoz Roglic (Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe) finishing third, 34 seconds behind, and Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) in fourth, 37 seconds behind the winner.

Stage 7 Results

  1. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) – 29’44”
  2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) – +12″
  3. Primoz Roglic (Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe) – +34″
  4. Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) – +37″

Pogacar retains the yellow jersey, with his overall lead over Evenepoel reduced to 33 seconds, while Vingegaard holds third place, 1 minute and 15 seconds behind.

Cyclists’ Reactions

“Today, a childhood dream comes true, winning my first stage in my debut Tour de France and completing the trilogy of stage victories in the three Grand Tours. I had a good day. The climb was tough, but I managed to keep a good pace. The descent was technical and fast; I enjoyed every meter of this TT. Winning is incredible, so I am super happy,” Evenepoel celebrated.

“We were not thinking about the general classification. We wanted a stage win, and that is done. Mission accomplished. Now we are focused on tomorrow and Sunday. As for the rest of the Tour de France, I believe Tadej will be unreachable. But this is cycling, you never know what can happen,” he added.

Pogacar also expressed his satisfaction: “Losing to Remco, the world champion, the best in time trials right now, is something I can be proud of. I would have loved to win the stage today, but against Remco, it’s a bit tough. I need to keep an eye on him now, he’s a bit closer, but also Jonas and Primoz; I think they can show their good legs in the upcoming mountain stages.”

Stage Details

British rider Mark Cavendish was the first to start, at 1:05 PM local time. The differences between the riders were timed at three intermediate points: Messanges (km 8.6), Curley (km 14.4), and Morey-Saint-Denis (km 19.9).

Lenny Martinez of Groupama-FDJ initially stood out with a time of 31’40″84. However, he was quickly surpassed by Luke Durbridge (Jayco-AlUla) with 31’14″01. Durbridge was then dethroned by Nils Politt (UAE Team Emirates) and subsequently by Stefan Bissegger (EF Education–EasyPost), who took the lead with 30’06″66. Finally, Kevin Vauquelin (Arkea-B&B Hotels) broke the 30-minute mark with 29’44″94 before being narrowly overtaken by Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Dstny).

Remco Evenepoel maintained his strong pace despite a scare with a potential flat tire. “I was sure I had a flat. Maybe someone in the crowd dropped a cup or hit a fence—it sounded the same. I kept pushing despite the scare. Winning by 12 seconds was incredible,” said Evenepoel.

Next Stage

The eighth stage, on Saturday, July 6, covers 183.4 km between Semur-en-Auxois and Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, including gravel sections. The course will challenge riders with five categorized climbs in the first two-thirds of the route, followed by a steady incline in the last three kilometers.

Stage Schedule

  • Stage 1: June 29 – Florence to Rimini – 206 km
  • Stage 2: June 30 – Cesenatico to Bologna – 198.7 km
  • Stage 3: July 1 – Piacenza to Torino – 230.5 km
  • Stage 4: July 2 – Pinerolo to Valloire – 139.6 km
  • Stage 5: July 3 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Saint-Vulbas Plaine de l’Ain – 177.4 km
  • Stage 6: July 4 – Mâcon to Dijon – 163.5 km
  • Stage 7: July 5 – Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin – 25.3 km (ITT)
  • Stage 8: July 6 – Semur-en-Auxois to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises – 183.4 km
  • Stage 9: July 7 – Troyes to Troyes – 199 km

Rest Day: July 8

  • Stage 10: July 9 – Orléans to Saint-Amand-Montrond – 187.3 km
  • Stage 11: July 10 – Évaux-les-Bains to Le Lioran – 211 km
  • Stage 12: July 11 – Aurillac to Villeneuve-sur-Lot – 203.6 km
  • Stage 13: July 12 – Agen to Pau – 165.3 km
  • Stage 14: July 13 – Pau to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet – 151.9 km
  • Stage 15: July 14 – Loudenvielle to Plateau de Beille – 197.7 km

Rest Day: July 15

  • Stage 16: July 16 – Gruissan to Nîmes – 188.6 km
  • Stage 17: July 17 – Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Superdévoluy – 177.8 km
  • Stage 18: July 18 – Gap to Barcelonnette – 179.6 km
  • Stage 19: July 19 – Embrun to Isola 2000 – 144.6 km
  • Stage 20: July 20 – Nice to Col de la Couillole – 132.8 km
  • Stage 21: July 21 – Monaco to Nice – 33.7 km (ITT)

With challenging mountain stages ahead, the Tour de France promises excitement and surprises until the end.

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