Before the 2017 Tour de France heads into a weekend in the mountains on stages eight and nine prior to the rest day, there was one more chance for the sprinters to get a stage victory on stage seven.
With another stage of more than 200km on the cards from Toyes to Nuit-Saint-Georges, it looked set for another chance for Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) to continue his dominance on the flat stages with two victories already at this Tour.
But despite two pre-eminent sprinters in Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish are now at home, could one of the likes of André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Arnaud Démare (FDJ) or Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) cause an upset?
Or could it be a day for the breakaway? We’ve yet to see one stay away so far in this Tour but with plenty of chances still to come, it looked likely the breakaway riders will save their legs for mountains.
Catch-up with the best bits of the stage or read up on everything that happened on the seventh day of racing in our stage seven report.
The 2017 Tour de France starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on Sunday, July 23.