Sanchez Wins Stage 7 of Criterium du Dauphine Libere 2013
The break of the day formed at 22 km, when Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) attacked and 21 other riders joined him. They were Sergio Paulinho (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff), Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol), Alexey Lutsenko and Kevin Seeldrayers (both from Astana), Ivan Santaromita (BMC), Laurent Didier and Tony Gallopin (both from RadioShack-Leopard), Travis Meyer (GreenEdge), Jerome Coppel (Cofidis), Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Pierre Rolland and David Veilleux (both from Europcar), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Angel Madrazo and Eloy Teruel (both from Movistar), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), Niklas Arndt and Thomas Damuseau (both from Argos-Shimano), Arnaud Gerard (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), and David de la Cruz (NetApp-Endura). At Bourg d'Oisans, at the base of hors categorie Alpe d'Huez, the break led the bunch by 3:30. Sky's pursuit pegged the lead at 3:40 all the way to the summit.
On the Category 1 Col d'Ornon (101 km), the break split, and the front part of the break increased its lead to 5:40. With 33 km to go, Chavanel, who had been dropped earlier but had gotten back on, attacked, and De Marchi joined him. The Italian dropped the Frenchman on the Category 1 Col du Noyer with 16 km left. At this point, the peloton, which Saxo Bank-Tinkoff led, was 0:44 in arrears. Two km later, the bunch reeled in the break.
Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp), who began the day in third place overall, was dropped. Less than two km from the summit, Sanchez attacked. Fuglsang joined him. The pair forged a 25-second lead on the descent. That proved enough to hold off chasers such as Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Daniel Moreno (Katusha), and Richie Porte (Sky). Sanchez and Fuglsang breasted the four-km Category 3 ascent to the finish, where the Spaniard bettered the Dane in the sprint.
In the overall, Froome leads his teammate Porte by 0:51 and Michael Rogers (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) by 1:37. Stage 8, the last stage of the race, could be a standing shaker, but with Sky and Saxo Bank-Tinkoff controlling the peloton, it probably will not be. The mountainous, 155.5-km ride from Sisteron to Risoul will feature the Category 1 Col de Vars at 119 km and the Category 1 Montee de Risoul, the climb to the finish. Look for a no-hope climber to take this one. Who will it be? Rodriguez? Rolland? Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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