Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (2024)

Kieran Crichard, live updates

It takes it out of you to win!

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The thoughts of our stage winner Remco Evenepoel

"Coming out with the win is simply amazing"

Remco Evenepoel overcame a late scare to take his first Tour de France stage win 🌈🇧🇪⏱️#TDF2024 pic.twitter.com/kG63Bve7Hx

— ITV Cycling (@itvcycling) July 5, 2024

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

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

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!

A first Tour de France victory for Remco Evenepoel! 🌈🇧🇪

He beats Tadej Pogačar by 12 seconds in the stage 7 time trial 💛🇸🇮#TDF2024 pic.twitter.com/gvth91MtRp

— ITV Cycling (@itvcycling) July 5, 2024

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?

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?

A problem for Remco Evenepoel!#TDF2024 pic.twitter.com/VuOZpf425N

— Eurosport (@eurosport) July 5, 2024

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...

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.

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.

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (1)

Jorgenson into third

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Big hitters emerge

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

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.

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (2)

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.

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.

Healy flying

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

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

Armirail down

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

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (3)

Thomas under way

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

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.

All the love for Julien Bernard 🥰@lidltrek #TDF2024 pic.twitter.com/b34LEYwgJN

— Eurosport (@eurosport) July 5, 2024

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.

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (4)

More riders heading out

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

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

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

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.

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (5)

Could Campenaerts beat Vauquelin?

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

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (6)

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.

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.

"This is an absolute disaster for Stefan Küng!" 😩

The Swiss specialist's chain slips off mid-TT effort on stage 7 of the #TDF2024 pic.twitter.com/qHCDn7s67h

— Eurosport (@eurosport) July 5, 2024

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (7)

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?

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (8)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Emptying the tank

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

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (9)

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

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.

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (10)

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (11)

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (12)

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

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (13)

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (14)

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.

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.

Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (15)

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 Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (16)

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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Remco Evenepoel takes time-trial victory on stage seven of Tour de France (2024)

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