STAGE 7 RESULTS – LA VUELTA A ESPANA 2021 – ROGLIC CONTROLS FINALE

Australian climb specialist Michael Storer of the DSM team won a mountainous stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana on Friday, soloing to victory after escaping a 30-rider breakaway. Primoz Roglic clung on to the overall leader’s red jersey as he came home with Egan Bernal and Adam Yates 3:33 later. But Spanish hopes were hit as Mikel Landa was dropped and Alejandro Valverde pulled out through injury. The stage started and finished with major climbs and Storer skipped away with 1.3 miles remaining up the Balcon de Alicante, a 5 mile climb with sections at 14 percent gradient giving a slo-mo feel to the progress.

Another escapee, Austria’s Felix Grossschartner of Bora-Hansgrohe leapt into second in the overall standings giving Roglic a fright by closing to within 8 seconds of the lead. Roglic chased the escape group vigorously with Briton Yates and his team leader Bernal following the Slovenian. Landa, Fabio Aru and Richard Carapaz all lost around 30 seconds on their general classification rivals.

Movistar icon Valverde pulled out of what could be his last Vuelta a Espana after sustaining a shoulder injury when he misjudged a corner. This was 41-year-old Valverde’s 15th Vuelta and it will be only the second time he has not completed the entire route of a race he won in 2009.

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Rafal Majka (POL – UAE Team Emirates) – Primoz Roglic (SLO – Jumbo – Visma) – David De La Cruz (ESP – UAE Team Emirates)

STAGE 7 RESULTS

1  STORER Michael Team DSM 4:10:13
2  VERONA Carlos Movistar Team 0:21
3  SIVAKOV Pavel INEOS Grenadiers 0:59
4  KUSS Sepp Team Jumbo-Visma 1:16
5  HAIG Jack Bahrain – Victorious 1:24
6  BARDET Romain Team DSM 1:32
7  GROSSCHARTNER Felix BORA – hansgrohe 1:32
8  KRON Andreas Lotto Soudal 1:37
9  CRAS Steff Lotto Soudal 2:17
10  POLANC Jan UAE-Team Emirates 2:29


OVERALL STANDINGS

1  ROGLIC Primoz Team Jumbo-Visma 25:18:35
2  GROSSCHARTNER Felix BORA – hansgrohe 0:08
3  MAS Enric Movistar Team 0:25
4  LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel Movistar Team 0:36
5  POLANC Jan UAE-Team Emirates 0:38
6  BERNAL Egan INEOS Grenadiers 0:41
7  HAIG Jack Bahrain – Victorious 0:57
8  KUSS Sepp Team Jumbo-Visma 0:59
9  VLASOV Aleksandr Astana – Premier Tech 1:06
10  YATES Adam INEOS Grenadiers 1:22


RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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