Team Omega Pharma—Quick-Step’s Zdenek Stybar was able to hold off former world champion Philippe Gilbert from Team BMC to win Stage 7 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana.
In the best stage finish of the entire event, Stybar’s ability to use his sprinting prowess and push Gilbert to his limit was the ultimate difference, leading to a stunning victory by the length of a tyre.
Stage 7 was a tough 207-kilometer sprint from Almendralejo to Mairena de Aljarafe that featured a great mixture of beautiful surroundings and intense racing. It was the perfect representation of what makes the Vuelta a Espana so enjoyable.
Robert Wagner of Team Belkin took third place in this flat stage, and Team Cofidis Adrien Petit finished fourth. Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni of Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team rounded out the top five.
Stage 7 Results
|1||Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma—Quick-Step||4:51:27|
|2||Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team|
|3||Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team||0:00:01|
|4||Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|5||Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team|
|6||Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma—Quick-Step|
|7||Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling|
|8||Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team|
|9||Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team|
|10||Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano|
For a complete look at the Stage 7 results, visit the race's official site.
The overall classification standings haven’t changed much on Friday, though, as Team Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali retains the red jersey and the three-second lead over Chris Horner from Team RadioShack Leopard.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Nicolas Roche is third in the standings, eight seconds behind the lead.
Dan Martin of Team Garmin-Sharp had a horrible day after crashing 11 kilometers from the checkered flag and continues losing ground in the chase for the general classification lead.
As the tour enters the mountain stages, the standings will begin to shake up considerably. While the sprinters have made great work of the time trial and the flat stages, the climbers will begin to take form and use the mountains to catch up to the current leaders.
This exciting event is only going to get better as it continues up the mountains of Spain.
After such a long stage, the racers will be back to work on Saturday as the tour heads toward the mountains. Stage 8 is a medium mountain-portion of the race that takes the cyclists from Jerez de la Frontera to Alto de Peñas Blancas, a 167-kilometer journey.
|1||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team||27:29:35|
|2||Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard||0:00:03|
|3||Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff||0:00:08|
|4||Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard||0:00:16|
|5||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team||0:00:21|
|6||Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard||0:00:26|
|7||Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Pro Cycling||0:00:28|
|8||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha||0:00:31|
|9||Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff||0:00:38|
|10||Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff||0:00:42|
For a complete look at the overall standings, visit the race's official site.