Cummings wins as Pinot cracks on chaotic stage

Fri Jul 8, 2016 3:57pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

LAC DE PAYOLLE, France (Reuters) - Briton Stephen Cummings powered away on the Col d'Aspin to claim a second career Tour de France stage win as overall contender Thibaut Pinot cracked in a seventh stage that ended in chaos on Friday.

As Team Dimension Data rider Cummings celebrated his stunning solo win, back down the road the inflatable arch marking 1km to go deflated and slowed down the bunch, sending fellow Briton Adam Yates crashing.

Organisers said they were taking into account the times at the 3km mark.

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet retained the overall leader's yellow jersey at the end of the 162.5-km trek L'Isle Jourdain.

Cummings, who last year won in Mende, jumped ahead of the day's breakaway and held off 2014 Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali on the Col d'Aspin, the first big climb of this year's race, before descending safely to the Lac de Payolle to give his African-based team their fourth stage win this year.

Mark Cavendish had already won three sprints and Cummings showed again that Dimension Data could also play a role in the mountains as the Tour entered the Pyrenees.

MASK OF PAIN   Continued...

Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - The 162.5 km (101 miles) Stage 7 from L'Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle, France - 08/07/2016 - Team Dimension Data rider Stephen Cummings of Britain wins on the finish line. REUTERS/Juan Medina