2013 Vuelta – Stage 7 – By a hair


Another sprint stage today on tap for the Vuelta as the race is now in Andalucia. The technical finish proved to be quite dramatic as starting with Dan Martin, who crashed with 10km to go, but continuing with the teams being indecisive about taking control. As Movistar, who were interested in keeping Alejandro Valverde safe powered through a cobbled roundabout and then eased up, Philippe Gilbert and Zydnek Stybar attacked the group and got a strong lead into the final kilometers. Behind, the peloton looked resigned to the loss as they weren’t closing on the two escapees until within the final km Anthony Roux went off in pursuit of the duo. In the final meters it was Stybar who launched early and helf off Gilbert winning by a hair.

2013 Vuelta Stage 7 Top Five
1. Zydnek Stybar (OPQ)________4h51’27”
2. Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
3. Robert Wagner (BEL)________+1″
4. Adrien Petit (COF)
5. Juan Antonio Flecha (VAC)

Overall Classification after 7 stages
1. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)_______27h29’35″
2. Chris Horner (RLT)_________+3″
3. Nicolas Roche (TST)_________+8″
4. Haimar Zubeldia (RLT)______+16″
5. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+21″
6. Robert Kiserlovski (RLT)____+26″
7. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_______+28″
8. Daniel Moreno (KAT)________+31″
9. Rafal Majka (TST)__________+38″
10. Roman Kreuziger (TST)______+42″

13. Bauke Mollema (BEL)_______+48″

16. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)___+53″

21. Michele Scarponi (LAM)____+1’15″

25. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+1’30″

27. Ivan Basso (CAN)_________+1’32″

29. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)_______+1’41″
30. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)__+1’45″

39. David Arroyo (CJR)________+2’52″

41. Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)___+2’59″

43. Dan Martin (GRM)_________+3’39″

45. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)______+3’57″

49. Igor Anton (EUS)__________+5’42″


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