Ewan pipped in Tour stage seven sprint
Australia's Caleb Ewan missed out on a first Tour de France stage win as Dylan Groenewegen won stage seven in Chalon-sur-Saone and Giulio Ciccone retained the yellow jersey.
Lotto-Soudal's Ewan, who finished third in Tuesday's stage four, was narrowly edged out on the line at the end of the 230km run from Belfort ahead of Peter Sagan with Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) crossing in ninth with the same time.
The bunch sprint meant no change at the top of the general classification standings, with Trek-Segafredo's Italian rider Ciccone still six seconds clear of Deceuninck-Quick Step's Julian Alaphilippe.
"Every time I sprint against Caleb [Ewan], it's always very close," Groenewegen said.
"He's a very good sprinter, but today I could beat him and I'm very happy with this result," the winner said at the finish."
Britain's defending champion Geraint Thomas of Team Ineos remains the best-placed of the main contenders, fifth overall and 49 seconds down on Ciccone, who took yellow with second place on La Planche des Belles Filles on Thursday.
Britain's Adam Yates, riding for Australian team Mitchelton-Scott, lies 14th in the general classification.
Friday was a much less dramatic affair, with the longest stage of the Tour raced at relatively sedate pace as riders let their legs recover.
Wanty-Gobert's Yoann Offredo and Cofidis' Stephane Rossetto attacked from the flag and the good friends might have imagined they were out on a training ride as they easily pulled more than five minutes clear in the first 20 kilometres.
The peloton was barely ticking behind, though the race finally began to come to life in the final 30 kilometres.
There was a moment of panic for Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin as the speed ramped up ahead of the intermediate sprint, leaving them in a group distanced on the road before Quintana's Movistar team sent a rescue force to pace them back.
The pack then came barrelling into town, where Groenewegen - left limping by an opening stage crash - showed he was back on form with his fourth career Tour stage win.
Saturday's eighth stage is a 200km ride from Macon to St Etienne, where France's Alaphilippe, second overall six seconds off the pace, is expected to try and regain the yellow jersey on a hilly course in central France.