Herrada wins over Cofidis, Evenepoel is still in the lead

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Friday August 26, 2022 at 5:19 pm

The Spanish rider from the Cofidis team Jesus Herrada won the 7th stage of the Vuelta, winning the breakaway sprint that started in the first kilometers. The peloton, which had long believed it could catch the breakaways, finished 29 seconds later. Remco Evenepoel remains red.

If Cofidis is desperate for a stage victory in the Tour de France since 2008 and the successes of Samuel Dumoulin and Sylvain Chavanel, the French team will have more success in the Vuelta. Jesus Herrada actually offered him this Friday the 16th victory in the Tour of Spain! He signed the last one, in 2019. The 32-year-old Spanish rider won by beating his teammates who broke away in the sprint, after an indecisive stage finish. Thus he won the 17th victory of his career, his second in a Grand Tour. After the first mountain stage on Thursday, the Vuelta offers a rather special stage this Friday, still in northern Spain, with the first pass in the category that climbs 65km from the finish, then a long flat fault which came down to finish. As expected, a long breakaway brought the stage to life, and in a game of cat and mouse with the sprinter teams, the escapees won.

Herrada headed the pass

After about 25 kilometers of racing, Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan), Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Omer Goldstein (Israel Premier Tech), Harry Sweeny (Lotto Soudal) and Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Deceuninck ) had made the breakaway of the day, and they quickly built up a four-minute lead. The gap increases to 3’30 at the foot of the climb to Puerto de San Glorio (22.4km at 5.5% average), and Goldstein could not catch up and let go of his fellow riders. Herrada was first at the top, 2’25 ahead of the peloton. A peloton hesitates for a long time to advance: should we catch up with the breakaways or let them disappear? Arkéa-Samsic and BikeExchange-Jayco were the first to work, about thirty kilometers from the finish, then other teams of sprinters, starting with Bora-Hansgrohe, joined them. So the gap is only 1’30 at 20 kilometers from the line, 1’02 at 10 kilometers and 49 seconds at 5 kilometers.

The peloton sprinted for Bennett

The breakaways then understood that it was one of them who would win, and while Fred Wright seemed to be the best way to win, Jesus Herrada finally doubled him to his left. The peloton arrived 29 seconds later, Sam Bennett was the fastest, but the Irish sprinter still did not win the third stage of this Vuelta 2022. Remco Evenepoel red jersey came in 36th, after a quiet day. It will pass the great test on Saturday, on the 153 kilometer stage, with five second and third categories that will pass through the first 110 kilometers, before reaching the top of Collau Fancuaya, classified in the first category.

7th stage – Camargo – Cistierna (190km) – Friday August 26, 2022
1- Jesus Herrada (ESP / Cofidis) at 4h30’58

2- Samuele Battistella (ITA/Astana Qazaqstan) mt
3- Fred Wright (GBR/Bahrain Victorious) mt
4- Jimmy Janssens (BEL/Alpecin-Deceuninck) mt
5- Harrison Sweeny (AUS/Lotto Soudal) mt
6- Sam Bennett (IRL/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 29″
7- Jake Stewart (GBR/Groupama-FDJ) at 29′
9- Mads Pedersen (DAN/Trek-Segafredo) at 29″
10- Daniel McLay (GBR / Arkéa-Samsic) at 29″

18- Quentin Pacher (FRA/Groupama-FDJ) at 29″

Overall classification after 7 rounds (out of 21)

1- Remco Evenepoel (BEL/Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) in 25h21’34
2- Rudy Molard (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) at 21″
3- Enric Mas (ESP/Movistar) at 28″
4- Primoz Roglic (SLO / Jumbo-Visma) in 1’01
5- Juan Ayuso (ESP/UAE Emirates) at 1’12
6- Pavel Sivakov (FRA / Ineos Grenadiers) in 1’27
7- Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR / Ineos) in 1’27
8- Carlos Rodrigues (ESP / Ineos Grenadiers) in 1’34
9- Simon Yates (GBR/BikeExchange-Jayco) in 1’52
10- Joao Almeida (POR / UAE Emirates) in 1’54

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