Morning Roundup: Sagan wins hilly Stage 5 at Tour de France

Dylan Groenewegen silenced his critics with Friday's winMore

It was in 2011 when the Tour first finished a stage on the steep, two-kilometre climb to Mur-de-Bretagne.

It was a first stage win of this Tour for the LottoNL-Jumbo rider and the second of his career after victory on the final stage in Paris past year.

Martin is now 21st overall, one minute and 30 seconds off the lead which is still held by Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet.

Netherlands' Dylan Groenewegen (L) crosses the finish line ahead of Colombia's Fernando Gaviria to win the seventh stage of the Tour de France.

Another hilly stage awaits the cyclists on Thursday, this time a 181-kilometer stretch from Brest to Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan. "I'm disappointed of course, I would have liked to be in a better position on [general classification] but that's how it is".

Since the route was announced in October, this 156.5km stage nine over the cobbles of northern France to Roubaix had been circled as the wildcard which could deliver a jolt to the race, and it did not disappoint.

"It was an early break but it was my only opportunity for the stage win as I'd never have got it in a sprint", explained Martin.

"A lot of people didn't believe in me anymore and thought I wouldn't come back to the same level".

Dumoulin and Bardet entered the three-week race among the chosen few riders considered strong enough to challenge four-time champion Chris Froome.

Dumoulin, the time trial world champion and 2017 Giro d'Italia victor, was slowed by a tire puncture at the foot of the final ascent and lost 53 seconds.

"I had a good day", said the Slovak, who has, like Gaviria, two stage wins so far.

Overnight leader Greg Van Avermaet finished in the same time as Sagan to wear the yellow jersey for a third day, whereas title contenders Dumoulin and Bardet lost time due to mechanical issues. The French rider with the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team established an advantage of more than eight minutes _ the biggest breakaway lead in this year's Tour _ before being caught by the pack with 90 kilometres to go.

"Yellow jersey wearer Van Avermaet described the climax as 'an awesome finish".

The Dutchman, who rides for LottoNL-Jumbo, moved before his rivals as the 231-kilometer (143-mile) stage from Fougeres to Chartres ended in a bunch sprint.

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