The Tour de France At A Glance
FOUGERES, France (AP) A brief look at the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday:
Stage: A mostly flat stage for sprinters, starting from Livarot in the Normandy region - home to a cheese of the same name - and ending 190.5 kilometers (118 miles) later in Fougeres, in the Brittany region.
Winner: British sprinter Mark Cavendish raced to his first stage win of this year's Tour and 26th of his career, two years after his last. He beat German rider Andre Greipel in a sprint to the line, with Slovak rider Peter Sagan finishing third.
Yellow jersey: Chris Froome, who inherited the lead after Tony Martin's withdrew Thursday because of a broken collarbone, leads Sagan, who is not a contender for the overall Tour victory, by 11 seconds. American rider Tejan Van Garderen, a dangerous outsider with strong climbing skills, is 13 seconds behind in third place.
How did the ''Fab Four'' perform? Froome, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, two-time champion Alberto Contador and 2013 Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana all finished safely. Contador fell off his bike just before the start, but the Spaniard got back on and continued. Froome leads Contador by 36 seconds, Nibali by 1:38 and Quintana by 1:56.
Quote of the day: ''It was amazing to look around to see how many people are wearing bandages and bleeding through their shorts.'' - Froome, reflecting on the condition of the battered Tour riders after a week of crash-marred racing.
Stat of the day: 26 - The number of Tour stage wins for British sprinter Mark Cavendish. Only five-time Tour winners Eddy Merckx with 34, and Bernard Hinault with 28, have won more.
Next stage: Saturday's eighth stage stays in the Brittany region, a mostly flat 181.5-kilometer (112.5-mile) trek starting from Rennes and finishing with a short climb up Mur de Bretagne.