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La Vuelta: Stage 7 The break can succeed

August 30, 2014

Four went clear early in the stage, like on many other days. Usually they are caught late in the stage. However, the peloton was only half interested and there were not enough teams wanting to chase. The break included Hesjedal whose hopes of a high place in GC have faltered already. Dupont, Tschopp and De Marchi made up the rest. The stage was won about 15km from the end when Hesjedal crashed on a short descent. De Marchi went clear and rode on to win a rare stage, both for him and for a break. The win is also significant for Cannondale. The team is “merging” with Garmin, which really means that the team name and sponsorshop is moving to Garmin. Most of the riders and support staff are not. De Marchi is one of the lucky ones, as he is moving to BMC.

The only news in GC was that Froome crashed and had to work to get back to the peloton. It does not appear that he was hurt though, as he attacked at the end and gained a few seconds on his main rivals. Barguil crashed heavily in sight of the line and walked across the line. Evans lost more than 8 minutes so can now be counted out of the GC contest.



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