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La Vuelta - Stage 6 & 7 mini reports & photos
By Mark Sharon
Date: 8/31/2013
La Vuelta - Stage 6 & 7 mini reports & photos
2013 Daily Peloton

25 April 2013: After seven stages Vicenzo Nibali retains a very slim three second lead in the General Classification

While the sprinters have been enjoying themselves, with wins to Morkov Michael (Saxo Tinkoff) on stage six and Zdenek Stybar (OmegaPharma Quickstep) on stage seven, Vicenzo Nibali has managed to defend a very slim lead in the General Classification. The Italian has three seconds over Chris Horner who enjoyed a day in red midweek. Nicholas Roche who also spent a day in red in third spot just eight seconds back.

Stage Six result - top 10
Guijuelo / Cáceres, 175km

1 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:54:15
2 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida  
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard  
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
5 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
8 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
10 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  

Chris Horner

Michael Morkov © La Vuelta

175 km stage 6 was dominated by long solo ride by Omega-Pharma Quick Step's German time trial World Champion, Tony Martin. The sprinters' teams quickly saw the danger and kept the German in grabbing distance.

Argos-Shimano and Orica-GreenEdge dominated the chase while Omega-Pharma Quick Step saved their energy for the finale. Neither Tony Martin's superb time trialling abilities nor an attemt to pick up the pace within the final ten kilometrescould prevent the inevitable and he was caught in time for the finsih tobe decided by a another bunch sprint. Team Saxo-Tinkoff Dane, Michael Mørkøv thundered away and went past Radioshack's Fabian Cancellara to take the second stage win for Team Saxo-Tinkoff.

“I'm so happy about this win and unbelievably proud. Winning in the Danish national jersey is special but to win in Vuelta a Espana is probably the highlight of my career. I have been waiting for this opportunity and the guys and staff have been so supportive all the way. I just stayed on the wheel of Fabian on the final few hundred meters and I was worried about opening the sprint too soon but it was just perfect,” said a very happy Michael Mørkøv.

Stage 7 Result- top 10
Almendralejo to Mairena del Aljarafe, 205.9km

1 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4:51:27
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:01
4 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
6 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
8 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
9 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
10 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano  


Chris Horner

Zdenek Stybar outpaces Phillipe Gilbert to the win© La Vuelta

After Tony Martin's valiant by doomed efforts of the previous day, it fell to Zdenek Stybar to secure team glory, outsprinting Philippe Gilbert (BMC). The pair attacked inside the final 10 kilometers and worked together to develop a 15" advantage with 2km to go. The chasing peloton found its numbers a hindrance as it battled a technical final section including a roundabout before the flamme rouge, but closed the gap to barely a second at the line.

Up front the gap was far tighter. Stybar saw the approaching bunch in the last metres and immediately launched his sprint rather than play cat-and-mouse off the front. Gilbert closed in on him but failed by the narrowest of margins. On the line the gap was a tyre width after Stybar made a last minute thrust of his bike.

"It was really beautiful for me and all of the team," Stybar said "After yesterday, with Tony Martin fighting so hard, we were so proud of him. He gave all of us such big morale. We were really motivated for the stage because of him. After 100km I told my sport director 'hey, if there is some attack on the last climb I am going to try and if not, we can go for the sprint for Gianni or Andy'. I thought this was a good chance for me, but also a comfortable situation for the team because they wouldn't have to pull for the sprint. I also knew the last 10km were really technical, which suited me and would be difficult for the group to catch a breakaway. It was really a perfect scenario. When I launched my sprint, I knew it was the place to go because I saw it the lap before. I couldn't really launch it perfectly because I felt the bunch coming back. It doesn't matter if I won by a centimeter or a millimeter. It's not every day you win against the world champion, so I am really happy. I want to dedicate the victory to the team, but especially Tony. Yesterday was really painful for him and for the team. Tonight, for sure, we will celebrate and share this victory all together."

Official Video Highlights of stage 7 courtesy of La Vuelta (in Spanish):

OVERALL STANDINGS after 7 stages - Top 75

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 27:29:35  
2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:03  
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:08  
4 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:16  
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:21  
6 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:26  
7 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:28  
8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:31  
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:38  
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:42  
11 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:45  
12 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:46  
13 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:48  
14 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
15 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:52  
16 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:53  
17 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:55  
18 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:59  
19 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:10  
20 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:12  
21 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:15  
22 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:16  
23 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:21  
24 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:30  
25 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
26 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
27 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:32  
28 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:36  
29 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:41  
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:45  
31 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:50  
32 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:52  
33 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:58  
34 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:02:02  
35 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:02:03  
36 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:23  
37 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:02:37  
38 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:49  
39 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural 0:02:52  
40 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:02:57  
41 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:59  
42 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:37  
43 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:39  
44 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 0:03:56  
45 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:57  
46 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:04:32  
47 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:06  
48 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:13  
49 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:42  
50 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:06:02  
51 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 0:06:20  
52 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:07:04  
53 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:20  
54 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:07:21  
55 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:07:26  
56 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:09:11  
57 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:27  
58 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:09:51  
59 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural    
60 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:10:12  
61 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:10:48  
62 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:11:19  
63 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:11:29  
64 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:11:36  
65 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano 0:11:39  
66 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha    
67 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:11:54  
68 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:56  
69 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 0:12:29  
70 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:12:31  
71 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:12:39  
72 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:13:07  
73 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:13:22  
74 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:13:47  
75 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:13:53  

Race Route for 2013

La Vuelta 2013

Race Route © La Vuelta




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