Friday August 25th, 2017

Stage 7Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad

Start 12h30 (Local time)

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Stage summary25.08.2017

Mohoric displays his talent

Matej Mohoric, a former Junior and U23 World champion, snatched his first Grand Tour victory at the end of stage 7 of La Vuelta 2017, on Friday. The Slovenian rider attacked from the gun and then dominated his breakaway companions for a brilliant solo win at Cuenca. He's the first rider from his country to win at La Vuelta since Borut Bozic in 2009. The crosswinds and a tricky final didn't prevent Chris Froome (Team Sky) from retaining the red jersey one more day.

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Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), most aggressive rider: “(Matej) Mohoric was the strongest and, above all, the smartest. When you have such a big breakaway, the one who goes first always goes a second time. And then he showed he was the strongest, because he's done a spectacular descent. With (Anthony) Perez, we've worked well together. I didn't know if I should wait for him after his puncture or chase… And then, honestly, the last part of the climb was just too hard for me.”

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Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar): “It's a pity but we can just congratulate (Matej) Mohoric. He proved himself to be very strong when he attacked before the climb. He was the strongest on the way up and I followed him. When he went solo, we couldn't catch him even though we collaborated. We hesitated for 10 seconds and that's how he went out of reach. It's a pity because I could see myself as the winner. The team deserves it after the bad streak we've had since (Alejandro) Valverde crashed at...

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Alessandro De Marchi (BMC): “That was the first stage that I had targeted. The good thing is that we were there. Then, you know… You play and sometimes you win, sometimes, you lose. I was feeling good. I just lacked a little bit of strength at the top of the last KOM. It's the first day that I try. I'm quite happy. It's not easy to be there. I just have to wait. La Vuelta is long. I'll try to grow into the race and wait for the right moment.”

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Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), best young rider: “Tomorrow is gonna be another tough one. Today was a little bit easier. Once the break gets away, there's still a big fight for the positions but in general it was the easiest stage in the past few days. There are some tough stages coming up. A lot of guys are already tired and they're gonna need a bit of extra energy for the next stages. Tomorrow will be a good one and hopefully the legs are good. We expect more of the same. There's a couple...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader: “I think we were always in control. It was a relatively more controlled day for us. It was less crazy than yesterday, that's for sure. But I think today deserves a special mention for Ian Stannard and Christian Knees with how much work they did on the front. It's definitely thanks to them I'm still in red today. I think everyone was pretty tired from yesterday so if one team wanted to take it on, they would have had to ride for the rest of the...

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Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), winner of stage 7: “It's incredible. It's been a long time since my last big win. I've always worked hard and done my best. It feels great to get a victory again. I was already in the breakaway the other day when (Alexey) Lutsenko won (stage 5). I was feeling really good then. Even though the stage didn't really suit my characteristics, I managed to take a 4th place. I knew my shape was pretty good. Today the team wanted me to go in the breakaway. I tried...

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