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by Shane Stokes
August 26, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up
Former junior and under 23 world road race champion Matej Mohoric clocked up the first Grand Tour stage win of his career on Friday, soloing to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España. The Slovenian UAE Team Emirates rider was part of the day’s breakaway before pushing on alone, and hit the line 16 seconds ahead of the trio of Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal).
“It’s incredible. It’s been a long time since my last big win,” he said. “I’ve always worked hard and done my best. It feels great to get a victory again. I was already in the breakaway the other day when (Alexey) Lutsenko won [stage 5]. I was feeling really good then. Today the team wanted me to go in the breakaway. I tried to save as much energy as possible and then I gave it all in the final. It was a good final for me because I’m pretty good in the descent. I knew I had a chance to win with that last descent.”
The remains of the break trailed in up to two minutes 40 seconds back, while the main bunch was a full eight minutes 38 seconds back. Overall leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) was safely within this group, as were his main rivals. He consequently remains 11 seconds clear of Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) and 13 ahead of Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team).
The day’s move contained 14 riders and went clear within half an hour of the start in Llíria. These built an advantage of over eight minutes, while behind Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) and American champion Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue) crashed out of the race.
Mohoric, Rojas, De Gendt, and Poljanski pushed ahead on the final climb, with the former making his move on the descent and swooping down the the finish.