Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France

Remco Evenepoel crosses the line to win stage seven

Remco Evenepoel wins stage seven – Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Belgian Remco Evenepoel claimed his maiden victory on the Tour de France when he prevailed on the seventh stage, a 25.3-km individual time trial from Nuits-Saint-Georges on Friday.

Tour debutant Evenepoel clocked 28 minutes and 52 seconds to beat Tadej Pogacar by 12 seconds as the Slovenian retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

Fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic took third place, 34 seconds off the pace and three seconds ahead of defending champion Jonas Vingegaard, who finished fourth.

Overall, Pogacar leads Evenepoel by 33 seconds and Dane Vingegaard by 1:15.

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Evenepoel wins time trial: As it happened


04:55 PM BST

It takes it out of you to win!


04:51 PM BST

The thoughts of our stage winner Remco Evenepoel


04:41 PM BST

Top five in the general classification

  1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 27hrs 16min 23sec

  2. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) +33 sec

  3. Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) +1min 15sec

  4. Primoz Roglic (Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe)  +1min 36sec

  5. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) +2min 16sec


04:35 PM BST

Top five across the line

  1. Remco Evenepoel 28min 52sec

  2. Tadej Pogacar +12sec

  3. Primoz Roglic +34sec

  4. Jonas Vingegaard +37sec

  5. Victor Campenaerts +52sec


04:29 PM BST

Evenepoel wins stage seven!

Pogacar comes across the line but he cannot beat Evenepoel’s time. He finishes 12 seconds down on the Belgian so Remco Evenepoel wins stage seven!


04:27 PM BST

Evenepoel fastest

He may have had a slight gear issue but the Soudal-Quick Step rider is over 30 seconds clear of Roglic with a time of 28mins 52 secs. Will Pogacar beat him or not?


04:26 PM BST

Vingegaard slower than Roglic

That is a surprise. The defending champion was ahead of his former teammate for most of that ride but he comes home three seconds behind.

Behind Evenepoel has had a momentary mechanical issue but has not been bogged down by it. How much time will he have lost from that?


04:22 PM BST

Roglic fastest, for now

The Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe rider comes across the line just under 20 seconds faster than Campenaerts with a time of 29mins 26secs but he will not stay quickest for long…


04:21 PM BST

Inside the final kilometre

Roglic has under 1,000 metres to go but it looks like he is going to lose time to his main rivals.


04:18 PM BST

Second checkpoint

Vingegaard is just shy of 15 seconds faster than Roglic at the top of the hill.

Evenepoel is next to hit that marker and he is flying. He is 23 seconds clear of Vingegaard.

The last man to the second checkpoint is Pogacar, who is ten seconds behind Evenepoel but 13 seconds ahead of Vingegaard. Advantage Evenepoel at the moment.


04:13 PM BST

Roglic on the back foot

Of the big four it is Roglic who is the slowest, around 20 seconds off Evenepoel’s time at the first checkpoint.

Primoz Roglic in action on the time trialPrimoz Roglic in action on the time trial

Primoz Roglic under a bit of pressure – Marco Bertorello/Getty Images


04:11 PM BST

Jorgenson into third

Vingegaard’s teammate Matteo Jorgenson has just come across the line in third, two seconds off Campenaerts.


04:10 PM BST

First checkpoint

All the big hitters have gone past the first checkpoint. Vingegaard goes through in nine minutes 50 seconds.

Evenepoel though goes through 11 seconds faster than the defending champion.

Pogacar comes through three seconds behind Evenepoel’s time but eight seconds quicker than Vingegaard.


04:02 PM BST

Calibre

We have some incredible time triallists out there, which is part of the reason why they feature right at the top of the general classification. Vingegaard is going well in the early stages, as is Evenepoel.


04:00 PM BST

Last two get going

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) are down the ramp and fireworks are in store over the next half an hour.


03:56 PM BST

Defending champion away

Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) gets going. He had an incredible individual time trial last year but can he replicate that with a similar type of performance today?

Up to the finish Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech) comes home in seventh so far, 25 seconds down on Campenaerts.


03:52 PM BST

Big hitters emerge

Primoz Roglic (Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe) is under way and we have just Ayuso, Vingegaard, Evenepoel and Pogacar to come.


03:44 PM BST

Into the top ten

We are now into the top ten riders in the general classification and the likes of Pogacar, Vingegaard, Evenepoel and Roglic are minutes away from getting started.


03:42 PM BST

Healy falls away as Thomas struggles

Ben Healy was going so well but maybe he went off too quickly as he has dropped away slightly. He was up but he comes home in third, seven seconds down on Campenaerts.

It has been a tough time trial for Thomas, who comes home 90 seconds off the fastest time so far.

Geraint Thomas after the time trialGeraint Thomas after the time trial

Geraint Thomas has had a tough day – Guillaume Horcajuelo/Getty Images


03:36 PM BST

Thomas struggling

This is not going well for Geraint Thomas, who is just over halfway through his ride but is over a minute down on the fastest time at that point.


03:34 PM BST

Not to be for Armirail

He may be a two-time French national time trial champion, including this year, but Bruno Armirail finishes 50 seconds down on Campenaerts.


03:28 PM BST

Healy flying

The Irishman from EF Education-EasyPost is flying midway through his ride and is up on our current leader Campenaerts.


03:27 PM BST

Reminder of the final five (BST)

Primoz Roglic (Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe)- 15:52

Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates)- 15.54

Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike)- 15.56

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step)- 15.58

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)- 16.00


03:24 PM BST

Armirail down

The French two-time national time trial champion is around 30 seconds down with around 10 minutes left of his ride.

Bruno Armirail during the time trialBruno Armirail during the time trial

Bruno Armirail is not having his best day in a time trial – Dario Belingheri/Getty Images


03:15 PM BST

Thomas under way

Former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) gets his time trial going.


03:11 PM BST

Bernard loving it!

Julien Bernard (Lidl-Trek) is embracing the home support as he gives high-fives to the fans and whips up the crowd. You very rarely see this! He even stops to give his wife a kiss and hug his son.


03:05 PM BST

Armirail under way

The French national time trial champion Bruno Armirail (Decathlon-Ag2R La Mondiale) is under way.

Up at the finish Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) goes into fifth, around 30 seconds down on Campenaerts.


02:58 PM BST

van Aert finishes

The Visma-Lease a Bike rider is just shy of a minute off Campenaerts and into sixth for now, but he will drop quite a bit between now and the finish. Not Wout’s day.

Wout van Aert comes across the lineWout van Aert comes across the line

Not Wout’s day – Thomas Samson/Getty Images


02:56 PM BST

More riders heading out

The likes of Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) and Wilco Kelderman (Visma-Lease a Bike) have started their time trials.


02:54 PM BST

Top five as it stands

  1. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Dstny) 29min 44sec

  2. Kévin Vauquelin (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) 29min 44sec

  3. Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) 29min 52sec

  4. Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost) 30min 06sec

  5. Oier Lazkano (Movistar) 30min 33sec


02:50 PM BST

When the top five in the GC get going (BST)

Primoz Roglic (Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe)- 15:52

Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates)- 15.54

Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike)- 15.56

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step)- 15.58

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)- 16.00


02:35 PM BST

Küng across the line

Küng has given it everything but the chain issue has cost him. He finishes eight seconds off Campenaerts and he would have led without that issue.


02:31 PM BST

Campenaerts pips Vauquelin, just!

It is Belgium vs France, the latter was successful in the Euros but this time the former is successful by three quarters of a second! Wow! That was so close but Campenaerts gets it by the smallest of margins. Vauquelin cannot believe it as he has his hands on his head.

Victor Campenaerts finishes the time trialVictor Campenaerts finishes the time trial

Victor Campenaerts crosses the line in first – Thomas Samson/Getty Images


02:28 PM BST

Could Campenaerts beat Vauquelin?

This is going to be close as it is neck and neck with Campenaerts hitting the final two kilometres.

Victor Campenaerts in action during the time trialVictor Campenaerts in action during the time trial

Victor Campenaerts is going well – Kim Ludbrook/Shutterstock


02:25 PM BST

van Aert about to start

We are about to see Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) get his time trial started.

Meanwhile up ahead Küng is 18 seconds down on Vauquelin through the second checkpoint so he has lost at least 20 seconds at the bar minimum from the chain problem.


02:23 PM BST

Campenaerts and Küng

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Dstny) is very close to Vauquelin at the second checkpoint, just a few seconds down.

Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) was going well but will be so frustrated as has had an issue with his chain.


02:09 PM BST

Vauquelin fastest

He can! The Frenchman comes across the line in a time of 29mins 44secs, which is 21 seconds faster than Bissegger. That is the first time we have seen under the 30-minute mark today.

Kévin Vauquelin comes across the lineKévin Vauquelin comes across the line

Kévin Vauquelin goes top – Thomas Samson/Getty Images


02:08 PM BST

Vauquelin on track for first?

The Arkéa-B&B Hotels rider is into the final kilometre and looks set to go to the top of the timesheets. Can he close it out to take the lead for the time being?

Kévin Vauquelin during the time trialKévin Vauquelin during the time trial

Will Kévin Vauquelin go quickest? – Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty Images


02:06 PM BST

Küng and Tratnik going

The likes of Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Jan Tratnik (Visma-Lease a Bike) are just getting their efforts under way.


02:00 PM BST

Vauquelin going well

Kévin Vauquelin (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) has made a very strong start to this time trial and at the first timing point, he is 30 seconds faster than Bissegger. Vauquelin, who is on his Tour debut, won stage two into Bologna.


01:56 PM BST

Lazkano second

We have a new entry into the top three as Movistar’s Oier Lazkano has moved above his compatriot Garcia Pierna with a time of 30min 33sec, 27 seconds off Bissegger’s time.


01:53 PM BST

van der Poel under way

The man who won the Men’s road race at the 2023 UCI Road World Championships, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck), has got his individual time trial going.


01:52 PM BST

Emptying the tank

This is what they put into the individual time trial to have a chance of a stage victory:

Stefan Bissegger on the floor after his time trialStefan Bissegger on the floor after his time trial

Stefan Bissegger is quickest at the moment – Guillaume Horcajuelo/Shutterstock


01:46 PM BST

Last five off (BST)

Here are when the top five in the general classification get their time trials going:

Primoz Roglic (Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe)- 15:52

Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates)- 15.54

Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike)- 15.56

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step)- 15.58

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)- 16.00


01:39 PM BST

Top three movement

After Stefan Bissegger set the quickest time so far, we have had two new additions to the top three as Raul Garcia Pierna (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) and Michael Matthews (Jayco-Alula) have put themselves into second and third respectively.


01:32 PM BST

Changes at the top as Bissegger goes fastest

Nils Politt (UAE Team Emirates) goes across the line into first, 25 seconds faster than Luke Durbridge, but he will have no time to go and sit on the leader’s throne as Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost) sets the new fastest time with a 30 minute 6 seconds time, over 40 seconds clear of Politt.

Stefan Bissegger comes across the lineStefan Bissegger comes across the line

Stefan Bissegger fastest – Thomas Samson/Getty Images


01:26 PM BST

Bissegger looking strong

I suspect in the next 10 minutes we will have a new leader in the shape of Stefan Bissegger, who has just over 5km to go and is going well.

Stefan Bissegger during the time trialStefan Bissegger during the time trial

Stefan Bissegger is looking good – Kim Ludbrook/Shutterstock


01:22 PM BST

New leader!

We have a change at the top of the timesheets as Luke Durbridge (Jayco-Alula) sets a time of 31 minutes and 14 seconds, 26 seconds faster than the previous leader Lenny Martinez. It was a great day for the Jayco-Alula team yesterday as Dylan Groenewegen won the sprint into Dijon and Durbridge for the time being goes fastest.

Australian Luke Durbridge finishes the individual time trialAustralian Luke Durbridge finishes the individual time trial

Luke Durbridge takes the lead in the individual time trial – Thomas Samson/Getty Images

Behind at the second checkpoint Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost) is going really well.


01:11 PM BST

Cavendish done and dusted

The first man to get his time trial going today was Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan), who finished in a time of 33 minutes and 21 seconds.

Mark Cavendish poses for a photo after the time trialMark Cavendish poses for a photo after the time trial

Mark Cavendish’s day is done – Guillaume Horcajuelo/Reuters


01:08 PM BST

Reconnaissance ride

The man who is currently in possession of the yellow jersey, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), has been out this morning checking out the route from Nuits-Saint-Georges to Gevrey-Chambertin.

Tadej Pogacar on a reconnaissance rideTadej Pogacar on a reconnaissance ride

Tadej Pogacar checking out the route – Jerome Delay/AP


10:43 AM BST

Starting times for every rider in today’s time trial

Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) will be the first down the starting ramp at 12.05pm, with race leader Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) setting of last at 4pm. Please note that the times listed below are central European times, so please take off an hour if you are following from the United Kingdom.


10:40 AM BST

Welcome to the ‘race of truth’

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our live rolling blog from stage seven at the Tour de France, the 25.3 kilometre individual time trial from Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin.

Despite its relatively flat profile – the stage features just 300 metres in vertical elevation – the course features a short climb with one kilometre of it at an average of seven per cent.

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With a second short rise that pitches up to around six per cent, it is widely expected that the course will suit the general classification riders, rather than the out-and-out testers. So good news for Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) and Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease A Bike), less so for Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) or Swiss compatriot Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Easypost).

The smart money for the stage win today will be on Evenepoel. The world time trial champion blew away the field at last month’s time trial at the Critérium du Dauphiné, but since then has last a reported 2½ kilograms. The Belgian, who is making his Tour debut, is looking the leanest Telegraph Sport has ever seen him. It will be interesting to see how his sustained power has, if at all, been affected by that weight loss. From a British perspective, one suspects the top brass at British Cycling will be watching this race closely as they prepare for the upcoming Olympics. Welshman Josh Tarling will be heading to Paris as one of the favourites, along with Evenepoel, and so the number-crunchers will, most likely, be monitoring the Soudal-Quick Step man’s performance this afternoon.

Remco EvenepoelRemco Evenepoel

He is a lean, mean riding machine – but can Remco Evenepoel win the first Tour de France stage of his career today? – Getty Images/Tim de Waele

As tradition dictates, riders will roll down the starting ramp in reverse order of the general classification standings, and so lanterne rouge Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) will be the first of, at 12.05pm. The first 58 riders will set off with one-minute intervals, before that gap between riders extends to 1min 30sec. The final 10 riders will be separated by intervals of two minutes.

Coverage from today’s stage will get under way at 1.15pm.

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