Stybar Breaks to Victory at Vuelta
Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has won Stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana 2013. Stybar took a two-up sprint from world road race champion Philippe Gilbert (Team BMC Racing) to win the rolling, 205.9-km ride from Almendralejo to Mairena de Aljafare in 4:51:27. Robert Wagner (Belkin) won the sprint for third at 0:01. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) remains the red jersey.
I also knew the last 10 km were really technical, which suited me and would be difficult for the group to catch a breakaway. It was really a perfect scenario. When I launched my sprint, I knew it was the place to go because I saw it the lap before. I couldn't really launch it perfectly because I felt the bunch coming back. It doesn't matter if I won by a centimeter or a millimeter. It's not every day you win against the world champion, so I am really happy. I want to dedicate the victory to the team, but especially Tony. Yesterday was really painful for him and for the team. Tonight, for sure, we will celebrate and share this victory all together."
In the overall, Nibali leads Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) by 0:03 and Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) by 0:08. Stage 8 will be a standing shaker. The 166.6-km ride from Jerez de la Frontera to Alto Penas Blancas will end with a Category 1 climb to the finish. The stage will be the first of three consecutive stages with mountaintop finishes. Look for the GC contenders to fight for the red jersey. Who will win the stage? Who will wear the red jersey tomorrow night? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out?