The 101st Tour de France has been one of almost constant drama, and stage seven was no different.
When the riders rolled out in Épernay on a long and reasonably flat 234.5km route to Nancy, few would have foreseen a further day of accident and a nail-biting finish decided by an impossibly narrow margin.
What followed, however, was another day of dramatic racing that delivered arguably the most exciting finale of the race.
Garmin-Sharp’s Andrew Talanksy took a high-speed tumble when inexplicably he choose the chaotic environment of a bunch sprint to take an extended look to his right, rather than focus his gaze on the road ahead.
And when the line finish line approached, it was green jersey Peter Sagan (Cannondale) again in the mix – and again defeated. Matteo Trentin snatched victory from the Wolverine’s jaws by an impossibly fine margin.
Relive the action in this widescreen gallery of images from official UCI WorldTour photographer, Stefano Sirotti.