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Vuelta a España stage 7 live – A chance for the sprinters

Remco Evenepoel


An Australian sprinter is the favourite to win today and another has made the headlines away from the Vuelta. Sam Welsford has confirmed his transfer from DSM to Bora-Hansgrohe at season’s end. Simone Giuliani has more here.


30km into the stage, the break’s advantage has stabilised at 2:30, with Alpecin-Deceuninck setting the tempo in the peloton.

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Remco Evenepoel was looking to farm out the red jersey and he achieved that much yesterday by passing the tunic to Lenny Martinez. However, the Belgian also conceded ground to Primoz Roglic and Jonas Vingegaard after struggling on the final climb. At one point, Evenepoel looked set to ship minutes to the Jumbo-Visma duo but, not for the first time on a mountain pass, he managed to finish strongly and limit the damage. He remains – just – ahead of his Jumbo rivals on GC and he was keen to characterise the climb as a simple jour sans. “I could actually speed up in the last two kilometres, so it was a bit strange. Let’s say it was a bad moment,” Evenepoel said. “If this was a bad day, then it’s ok.” Our man in Spain Alasdair Fotheringham has the full story here.



José Herrada (Cofidis) and Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH)

Peloton at 2:30

Alpecin-Deceuninck take up the reins at the head of the peloton on behalf of Kaden Groves, who is chasing his third stage win of the Vuelta this afternoon. Already a winner at the Giro d’Italia in May, the Australian is enjoying a fine season.


The leading duo continue to pad out their advantage in these opening kilometres, with the peloton content to leave them to it. The gap is now out to two minutes. 

Herrada and Okamika are both almost an hour off Lenny Martinez’s overall lead, so this is a very comfortable situation for Groupama-FDJ to boot.



José Herrada (Cofidis) and Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH)

Peloton at 1:17


The escapees’ lead quickly grows to half a minute and it looks as though the day’s pattern has already been established.

José Herrada (Cofidis) and Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH) duly attack from the flag and they open a small gap over the peloton. The sprinters’ teams would certainly be happy with this configuration for…

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