EPERNAY, France (AP) — Matteo Trentin has won the seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after a group crash and hilly final section split the pack – notably ensnaring U.S. rider Tejay van Garderen.
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead. Van Garderen, who crashed within the last 17 kilometers on the stage, lost time in the title chase.
The sun finally broke through clouds that had dumped rain over riders in recent days for the 234.5 kilometer (146 mile) ride from Epernay, the capital of Champagne country, to the eastern city of Nancy.
Overall, Nibali has a two-second lead over Astana teammate Jakob Fuglsang and is two minutes, 37 seconds clear of Alberto Contador, his main rival.