Vuelta a España – Stage 7 – Degenkolb hat-trick

John Degenkolb has won his third stage of the Vuelta, proving that he is the man to beat in the fast finishes. The sprint field was a little thin coming into this year’s Vuelta, but that doesn’t mean to take away from a dominant showing thus far as Degenkolb has won 50% of the non-TTT stages in the race. That stat is going to change as the race heads to the mountains, but we’ve seen how good, and fast, this kid is. Note: I’m not sure what happened to Rigoberto Uran, but he seems to be out of the top ten suddenly. I saw him struggling after working for Swifty, but I thought he’d get the same time.

Tomorrow, we’ve got the first big climb of the race heading up into Andorra. I’ve ridden this stage the other direction, climbing up to Andorra from France and descending into Lleida. There are some steep sections coming up the way the riders will and it’s quite a long climb. Expect some time gaps tomorrow.

Stage 7 Top Five
1. John Degenkolb (ARG)___3h48’30”
2. Elia Vivianni (LIQ)
3. Allan Davis (OGN)
4. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
5. Daniele Bennati (RNT)

Overall Classification after 7 stages
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_______21h45’06″
2. Chris Froome (SKY)____________+10″
3. Alberto Contador (STB)________+36″
4. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)______+54″
5. Robert Gesink (RAB)___________+54″
6. Nicolas Roche (ALM)___________+1’04″
7. Bauke Mollema (RAB)___________+1’12″
8. Daniel Moreno (KAT)___________+1’17″
9. Juan Jose Cobo (MOV)_________+1’34″
10. Sergio Luis Haeno (SKY)_____+1’39”

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