NBC Sports Presents Live Coverage of 104TH TOUR DE FRANCE This Today

Fabio Aru claimed his maiden Tour de France win in Paris

And ahead of yesterday's flat 213.5km seventh stage from Troyes in Champagne to Nuits Saint Georges in Bourgogne, the Tour's top fast men were asking themselves how to beat the 29-year-old vintage sprinter.

Meintjes was also in third place in the young riders' classification, 41 seconds behind British leader Simon Yates (Orica-Scott).

Frenchman Barguil had taken maximum points from the break over two lower category climbs earlier in the stage, which followed some demanding hills which saw numerous breakaway attempts both flourish and falter. "My team did a great job of controlling the race".

"I don't think you have too much to worry about this porridge, it's cold and it's from breakfast" - Chris Froome after being told by a reporter that he was making him hungry as he was eating during his post-stage news conference.

"That was a tough day, especially with Sunday's decisive day to come", said Froome, who has claimed the yellow jersey as victor of the Tour de France three of the last four years.

So it's easy to see why so many are thinking it will be interesting to see just how the Mont du Chat is raced this time.

"They've had to have the jersey since the start of the race and that's going to take its toll, I hope".

Sky, however, had better be ready for the remainder of the Tour as Aru appeared to be able to pierce their armour when he launched a blistering attack on Wednesday and rode solo to victory in the fifth stage.




"Its not my first time".

Of the leading green jersey contenders, Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was not involved, however, dropped already and in for a long, long day in the saddle due to illness.

"This weekend is the first real big shake up". "The GC (general classification) riders are thinking of the mountains coming this weekend".

They held on for nearly 2km more but with 4km to ride, it was over and now all down to the overall contenders.

But on Sunday's stage, with a trio of Hors Categorie climbs in the Jura - ascents so hard they forcibly remain outside the organisers' ranking of climbing difficulty - there will be no room for those sorts of doubts.

However, seven years ago, the Welshman faded badly on the climb, dropping to 31st.

Ireland's Dan Martin attacked from the pack in the finale but the Quick-Step Floors rider, fourth overall, was quickly reined in.

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