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Tour de France 2019: Stage seven preview, prediction, start time and route map from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone



It is a little cruel on the peloton that the longest stage of this Tour de France should fall the day after the hardest so far, and it means stage seven is likely to be a low-key affair for the general classification contenders – or so they will hope.

Stage six saw Geraint Thomas take a commanding position in the GC. He has only few seconds on the majority of his rivals, but his advantage is that the next serious test for those riders chasing the yellow jersey will come in next week’s individual time-trial, a discipline in which Thomas is far better than most.

Giulio Ciccone will wear yellow for now after finishing second on Thursday and is likely to retain it here, while the impressive Julian Alaphilippe is second in the overall standings, with Thomas fourth.