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Vuelta a Espana 2017: Matej Mohoric wins Stage 7 from breakaway

Joe Robinson
25 Aug 2017

Matej Mohoric wins Stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana after attacking the breakaway

Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) won Stage 7 from a large breakaway into Cuenca at the Vuelta a Espana. After hitting out on the final climb of the day, Mohoric managed to maintain a gap all the way to the line.

With a descent into the final, Mohoric took the victory comfortably from his breakaway companions who failed to make a concerted chase.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) managed to stay in red in a quiet day for the General Classification. The biggest mover of the day was Jetse Bol (Manzana Postobon) jumping up the GC list to seventh thanks to finishing in the breakaway group. 

Breaking down the day

Before a weekend in the mountains, the Vuelta a Espana took on a rolling stage of 207km from Lliria to Cuenca, the longest stage in the race. 

With the expectation of mountains coming soon, a breakaway was allowed to form easily, with 14 riders establishing themselves at the head of affairs.

Notable escapees included Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing). 

With little to no threat to the red jersey, Team Sky allowed the gap to grow over eight minutes with the biggest threat to General Classification being Jetse Bol (Manzana Postobon) at over eight minutes.

No thanks to crashes, Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport) had to abandon the race. Additionally Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) took a nasty tumble and was unable to continue.

The day always threatened adverse weather, wth rain forecast in the finale. Additionally, the wind played a small part momentarily splitting the peloton before it all came back together. 

On a nondescript day, it became clear that this would be another day for the break with no team in the main peloton committed to bringing them back. 

At 35km left from the line, the gap back to the red jersey stood at a healthy seven minutes. This gap grew to over eight minutes with 22.6km to go as the peloton rolled in easily to line. 

Up the road, De Gendt decided to roll the dice attacking from over 20km to the line stringing the breakaway out immediately. As the gap grew, Bol also found himself in virtual red for a time. 

Subsequent attacks from the break strung the gap to over nine minutes before the final climb of the day. 

Entering the cobbled climb, Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) took the first roll of the dice with Poljanski and De Marchi leading the chase. 

On the final climb, Rafael Reis (Cara-Rujal) found himself tagged by one of the motorbikes, causing him to crash on the cobbles. 

By the top of the climb, the breakaway had decimated with Mohoric leading De Marchi, Bol and Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Mohoric managed to maintain the gap on the descent to the final kilometre holding off the chasers thanks to a lack of cooperation from the chasers. 

Vuelta a Espana 2017 Stage 7: Lliria - Cuenca 207km, result

1. Matej Mohoric (SLO) UAE Team Emirates, 4:43:35
2. Pawel Poljanski (POL) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 0:16
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP) Movistar, at 0:16
4. Thomas De Gendt (BEL) Lotto-Soudal, at 0:16
5. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) BMC Racing, at 0:27
6. Floris De Tier (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 0:27
7. Jetse Bol (NED) Manzana Postobon, at 0:29
8. Luis Angel Mate (ESP) Cofidis, at 1:21
9. Anthony Perez (FRA) Cofidis, at 1:32
10. Arnaud Courteille (FRA) FDJ, at 1:32

Vuelta a Espana 2017: General Classification after Stage 7

1. Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky, 27:46:51
2. Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica-Scott, at 0:11
3. Nicolas Roche (IRL) BMC Racing, at 0:13
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing, at 0:30
5. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Bahrain-Merida, at 0:36
6. David De La Cruz (ESP) Quick-Step Floors, at 0:40
7. Jetse Bol (NED) Manzana Postobon, at 0:46
8. Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana, at 0:49
9. Adam Yates (GBR) Orica-Scott, at 0:50
10. Micahel Woods (CAN) Cannondale-Drapac, at 1:13

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