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Sagan sprints to Stage 7 victory

Albi, France (Sports Network) - Slovakian rider Peter Sagan won the seventh stage of the 2013 Tour de France on Friday, a 205.5-kilometer ride from Montpellier to Albi.

Sagan outsprinted John Degenkolb and Daniele Bennati to the finish line. Davide Cimolai and Edvald Boasson Hagen rounded out the top five.

Sagan completed Friday's hilly trek in a time of 4 hours, 54 minutes and 12 seconds.

"This was a show of how strong we are as a team," Sagan said. "All of our riders were committed to one thing and everyone trusts me now and they are prepared to work hard for me because they know that I want to do well."

Daryl Impey kept the yellow jersey. He began the day as the only South African rider to wear the jersey as the overall leader.

Veteran American rider Christian Vande Velde pulled out after being caught up in an early crash.

Saturday's eighth stage is a 194-kilometer ride from Castres to Ax 3 Domaines.

07/05 12:48:51 ET