La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 7) Gandía - Balcón de Alicante

ES Spain Friday 20 August 2021 152 km

A hard and wild day at La Vuelta

A hard and wild day at La Vuelta

The first major mountain day of this edition had the peloton tackle six categorised climbs, all crammed in the 152 kilometers that took the riders from Gandia to Balcon de Alicante. The day began with some full gas racing numerous attempts – one launched by Andrea Bagioli – to form a breakaway, but a group finally went clear only after 50 kilometers, at the bottom of Puerto de Benilloba.

The large group enjoyed a five-minute maximum gap over a peloton that wasn’t at all concerned with the escapees, who began attacking each other on the penultimate ascent, when it became clear the winner of the stage would come from the front. After several skirmishes, Michael Storer (Team DSM) dropped his companions and took the victory on the steep gradients of Balcon de Alicante.

All eight Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders – including stage 4 winner Fabio Jakobsen – made it home well inside the time limit on this tough day which, as expected, resulted in more changes in the upper echelon of the general classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

Race details

1 Michael Storer
Team DSM
4:10:13
2 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
0:21
3 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:59
4 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:16
5 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
1:24
6 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
1:32
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
1:32
8 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
1:37
9 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
2:17
10 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
2:29
76 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:26
78 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:13
79 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:22
93 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:29
162 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:28
172 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:01
173 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:01
174 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:01
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
25:18:35
2 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:08
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:25
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Movistar Team
0:36
5 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
0:38
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:41
7 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
0:57
8 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:59
9 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
1:06
10 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
1:22
52 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:28
54 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:38
59 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:48
101 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:06
116 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:55
145 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:51
171 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:01:25
173 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:02:20
1 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
131 pt
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
130 pt
3 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
67 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
58 pt
5 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
54 pt
6 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
52 pt
7 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
50 pt
8 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
43 pt
9 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
37 pt
10 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
36 pt
14 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31 pt
43 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13 pt
52 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
53 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
1 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
2 Michael Storer
Team DSM
12 pt
3 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
11 pt
4 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
11 pt
5 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
10 pt
6 Kenny Elissonde
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
7 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
9 pt
8 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
6 pt
9 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
6 pt
10 Joe Dombrowski
UAE-Team Emirates
6 pt
21 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
23 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-2 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
25:19:16
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:25
3 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
2:11
4 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
2:22
5 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
4:54
6 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7:36
7 Michael Storer
Team DSM
8:29
8 Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda Hernandez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
10:28
9 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
13:42
10 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
13:55
14 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:57
17 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:07
51 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:44
1 Movistar Team 75:54:12
2 INEOS Grenadiers 2:10
3 Bahrain - Victorious 4:19
4 UAE-Team Emirates 4:26
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 7:41
6 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 13:59
7 Team DSM 17:42
8 AG2R Citroën Team 18:11
9 Trek - Segafredo 18:26
10 Astana - Premier Tech 21:15

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