Tour of Spain – Jesus Herrada the 7th stage, Evenepoel stays in Red

Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) wins at the end of the suspense! The 7th episode of Tour of Spain Among the Camargo and Cistierna (190.1 km) gave birth, as expected, to a great battle between the backpackers and the sprinter teams. The latter crossed well in Puerto de San Glorio, but fell to a breakaway of five strong riders who managed to resist the peloton until the end. The leading men then explained themselves in the sprint of the last kilometer, and the 32-year-old Spaniard proved to be the strongest in this sport, thus winning his second stage success in The Vueltaafter 2019. He majored in Italian Samuel Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan Team) and the British Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious). Reaching 30″ later, the green jersey Sam Bennett (BORA-hangsrohe) settled the pack for 6th place. No change in general classification, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) remains in Red.

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A breakaway of 6 riders

This 7th stage offers a first part of 100 perfectly flat kilometers before facing the big and unique difficulty of the day, the Puerto de San Glorio (22.4 km at 5.5%). A breakaway of six riders formed very quickly with Samuel Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Omer Goldstein (Israel-First Tech), Harry Sweeney (Lotto Soudal) and Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Deceuninck). The gap increases to 4’30” until the formations Trek-Segfredo and BikeExchange – Jayco – for Mads Pedersen and Kaden Groves – get on now. At the foot of Puerto de San Glorio (90 kms to go), the advance of the leading men was thus reduced to 3’30”.

Trek-Segafredo set the pace and began the breakaway showdown

On a long but winding climb, the Trek-Segafredo prints as expected a high tempo that condemns some sprinters like Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Pascal Ackerman (UAE Team Emirates) or Dan McLay (Arkéa-Samsic). The breakaway resists well and keeps the gap but loses Omer Goldsteinwho was caught in the peloton. Sam Bennett (BORA-hansrohe) was dropped on the last part of the climb, but had to recover later. Above – cross first through Jesus Herrada – the lead of the first quintet is 2’30”.

The breakaway goes to the end, Herrada wins ahead of Battistella!

We have witnessed the return of some sprinters such as Sam Bennett hope Dan McLay. A chase ensues but also quickly separates, a beautiful arm-to-arm fight then engages. With 26 terminals from the line, the two groups are still separated by two minutes! The sprinter teams give it their all and take turns, but the leading men better than give up. 1’30” at 18 kilometers, 1 minute under the arc at 10 kilometers, the suspense is total in this final!

But the team began to lose the package and the chase began to weaken. The gap is tight now. There are always 45 seconds in 5 terminals. We won’t fight each other in the final but it’s starting to smell for 5 breakaways. They get along perfectly until the red light, where the game of cat and mouse begins. Fred Wright bring the group home and launch from afar! So strong, the Briton looked set to win but cracked in the final metres, jumping the line Jesus Herrada and Samuel Battistella. The peloton arrives 30 seconds later, Sam Bennett comes to get points in the 6th place in front of Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ).

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