Stage 7: Almendralejo to Mairena de Alijarafe, 195.5km
A throw of the handlebars from Zdenek Stybar was enough to deny world champion Philippe Gilbert his first victory in the rainbow jersey by the narrowest of margins. The two had escaped off the front of the peloton 10km from the finish and benefited from the technical finish to hold off the chasing pack by just a second. Belkin’s Robert Wagner won the bunch sprint for third just ahead of Adrien Petit (Cofidis). Continue reading
Stage 7: Almendralejo to Mairena de Alijarafe, 195.5km, rolling
It’s another hot and fast stage for the sprinters – and one of the longest in this year’s Vuelta. They will want to make the most of it today because the next three days are all summit finishes.
Stage 7: Montpellier to Albi, 205.5km
Cannondale lit up this medium mountain stage to put the sprinters to the sword. They executed what amounted to a 130km lead-out to put the Velvet Samurai, Peter Sagan, in position to win his first stage of the 2013 Tour and establish a dominant position atop the green jersey standings.