Friday August 25th, 2017

Stage 7Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad

Start 12h30 (Local time)

Mohoric displays his talent

Stage summary25.08.2017Stage 7- Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad

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.

188 riders took the start from Lliria as Carlos Betancur (Movistar) withdrew with a broken ankle. The longest stage of the 72nd edition of La Vuelta quickly saw 14 riders jump ahead of the bunch to establish the breakaway of the day: Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Richard Carapaz and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo), Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ), Luis Angel Mate and Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Rafael Reis (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Aldemar Reyes and Jetse Bol (Manzana-Postobon).

The attackers steadily increased their lead, up to 8 minutes with 80km to go. In the peloton, the main concern seemed to come from crosswinds. The bunch momentarily split two times, with 100km to go and then 45km away from the finish, but everyone got back together on both occasions. Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) and Lawrence Warbasse abandoned after a hard crash.

With a lead of 9 minutes as the race entered the last 20km, the early attackers battled it out in the last climb of the day, on the way up to the Castillo de Cuenca. Matej Mohoric proved to be the strongest. Rojas, De Gendt and Poljanski managed to join him at the summit, with 12km to go, but the Slovenian rider attacked again in the downhill and soloed away to victory. Meanwhile, the GC riders stuck together and Chris Froome (Team Sky), crossing the line with a delay of 8'38” over Mohoric, maintained his overall leadership.

  • 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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