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Vuelta 2017: Mohoric Wins Stage 7

Matej Mohoric won UAE’s first Vuelta a Espana stage on Stage 7 after attacking the breakaway on the final descent and staying away until the finish.

Mohoric was responsible for thinning out the 14 man breakaway on the final climb on the Cat3 Alto del Castillo and then attacking on the descent, managing to maintain his lead on the 10km flat run in to the stage finish.

The parcours of the stage favoured a breakaway with their rolling nature, the location of the final climb providing a perfect opportunity for either a breakaway riders or a GC contender to get away over the climb and on the descent.

Vuelta 2017 Stage 7 Profile

Pro-Continental team Manzana-Postobon managed to get a rider into the top 10 of the GC with Jetse Bol moving into 7th place just 46″ behind Froome. Bol was the highest placed rider in the break at 8’55” down on Froome at the start of the day and Team Sky were happy to let the break obtain and then keep a substantial lead, with no other team putting the chase on in the peloton.

The day’s breakaway was formed after 15km of racing when a group of 14 went clear uncontested; along with Mohoric these included Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Richard Carapaz, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo), Matej Mohoric (UAE), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ), Luis Angel Mate, Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Rafael Reis (Caja Rural), Aldemar Reyes and Jetse Bol (Manzana-Postobon).

Once the break was formed and Team Sky allowed them go to they went about the business of maintaining their lead, working well together to keep their advantage as the peloton was happy for them to contest the stage win.

De Gendt took full points atop the Cat3 Puerto La Montalbana and Cat3 Alto de Santa Cruz de Moya to move closer to Davide Villella’s lead in the mountains classification, now just 21 points off the Cannondale-Drapac rider after taking a single point atop to Alto del Castillo after the full points were taken by Mohoric.

With 20km to go De Marchi tried to ignite the breakaway but only succeeded in creating a platform for Mohoric and Rojas to go clear once his attack had been brought back. The pair were joined by De Gent and Polanski and the four proceeded to put the sword to the rest of the breakaway on the climb.

De Marchi, De Tier and Bol were 15″ back and chasing hard as the leading quartet went over the climb, Mohoric deciding that this could be his moment and attacking on the descent.

Mohoric stayed away on the descent and managed to keep his advantage despite a fevered chase from Poljanski, De Gendt and Rojas. As he went under the 3km to go banner he had a lead of 10″ and the chasers could see him on the straight roads, but were unable to get to him and he won the stage by +16″.

The GC group in the peloton kept their powder dry and came through 8’38” behind the breakaway.

Vuelta a Espana 2017 Stage 7: Lliria>Cuenvca 207km

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Matej Mohoric (UAE – Svk) 4:43:35″
2 Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe – Pol) +16″
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar – Spa) s.t.
4 Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal – Bel) s.t.
5 Alessandro De Marchi (BMC – Ita) +27″
6 Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo – Bel) s.t.
7 Jetse Bol (Manzana-Postobon – Ned) +29″
8 Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis – Spa) +1’21”
9 Anthony Perez (Cofidis – Fra) +1’32”
10 Arnaud Courteille (FDJ – Fra) s.t.

Vuelta a Espana 2017: General Classification

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Chris Froome (Team Sky – GBr) 22:54:38″
2 Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott – Col) +11″
3 Nicholas Roche (BMC – Ire) +13″
4 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC – USA) +30″
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +36″
6 Davide de la Cruz (Quick-Step – Spa) +40″
7 Jetse Bol (Manzana-Postobon – Spa) +46″
8 Fabio Aru (Astana – Ita) +49″
9 Adam Yates (Orica-Scott – GBr) +1’13″
10 Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac – Can +1’13”
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