De Marchi Tries His Luck in Vuelta a España Stage 7 Breakaway25. August 2017, Cuenca (ESP) — Road Team
Alessandro De Marchi crossed the line in fifth place on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España after spending the day in the breakaway before going on the attack in the final 15km of the longest stage of the race.
De Marchi was one of 14 riders to go clear in the opening 10km of the 207km stage and quickly extended an advantage of two minutes over the bunch.
The gap continued to rise as the group tackled the first two category three climbs and peaked at six minutes in the first 100km, before extending further to almost nine minutes in the closing kilometers of the race.
Solid cooperation in the breakaway from the strong group of riders and the willingness of the peloton to let the group go clear allowed the breakaway to stay away until the line.
The threat of crosswinds momentarily split the bunch but BMC Racing Team was well-positioned at the front of bunch, particularly in the final 25km on the approach to the final climb.
The attacks started in the breakaway 18km before the finish line and De Marchi was quick to respond before the group came back together and more riders attempted to go clear.
Eventually, Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) launched the winning attack on the descent of the Alto del Castillo which saw him ride solo to the line, while De Marchi chased to finish in fifth place, 27 seconds behind.
Despite some intensity in the General Classification group, all of the contenders, including Nicolas Roche and Tejay van Garderen, rolled across the line together more than eight minutes behind.
Roche and van Garderen remain in third and fourth on the General Classification, 13 and 30 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) respectively.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Alessandro De Marchi:
“Today was really the first stage that I targeted. The good thing is that we were there. Then you play and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. The feelings were good but I missed a bit on the top, on the last KOM, and I missed the first chase group of three riders. Let me say, that it was really the first day that I tried and I’m quite happy. When you say you will try, it’s not easy to be there. That’s the good thing. I’m missing a bit of strength and I just have to wait I think. The Vuelta is long and I will try to improve my shape and my feelings and just wait until the right moment and the right day.”
“I think it happened exactly the way we talked about this morning in the briefing. Starting on a big road, it was always going to be a tough one for Team Sky to control the numbers so the breakaway had a big chance. It was good that we had Alessandro De Marchi up there. There was a risk of crosswinds and the team was really good to keep us up the front all day. Obviously, they did an amazing job putting us into position at the bottom of the last climb where it was hard enough and close enough to the finish that anything could happen and you had to be up the front. There were a few attacks, but nothing major, and Sky controlled it pretty well to the finish to make sure they weren’t going to get caught out. Tomorrow is another tough day so once again I’ll recover well tonight as much as possible and try and hang in there tomorrow.”
Vuelta a España
Stage 7 Llíria > Cuenca (207km)
Top 3: 1. Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates), 2. Pawel Poljanski (BORA – hansrgohe), 3. José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar Team).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 5. Alessandro De Marchi, 26. Nicolas Roche, 43. Tejay van Garderen.
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