Tejay van Garderen downplays Tour de France stage seven crash

The BMC rider lost over a minute and the services of team-mate Darwin Atapuma in the fall approaching Nancy.

Tejay van Garderen, Tour de France 2014 stage seven

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

BMC rider Tejay van Garderen downplayed the crash which saw him concede over a minute to his GC rivals and lose team-mate Darwin Atapuma en route to Nancy this afternoon.

The American fell when placed at the head of the peloton with just over 15 kilometres remaining, and crossed the line 1-03 after stage winner Matteo Trentin.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.