Zdenek Stybar Takes Vuelta 7th Stage, Nibali Retains Lead


MAIRENA DE ALJARAFE , Spain, Aug 30, 2013 (AFP) – The Czech Republic’s
Zdenek Stybar, riding for Omega, edged the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain
on Friday as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali held on to the overall lead.

Stybar narrowly claimed the day’s honors after a 205.9km ride from
Almendralejo to Mairena de Aljarafe from Belgian world road race champion
Philippe Gilbert (BMC).

In third came Germany’s Robert Wagner (Belkin).

Nibali came in 22th, one second behind the winner, and retained possession
of the leader’s red jersey.

Stybar, a double former world cycle-cross champion, and Gilbert slipped
clear of the peloton with seven kilometres to go, this pair holding off the
sprinters led by Wagner by a matter of centimetres.

Nibali succeeded in escaping any mishaps during the tricky winding end of
the stage to go into Saturday’s eighth stage with a three-second cushion over
American Chris Horner and Republic of Ireland’s Nicolas Roche.

Saturday’s ride takes the peloton on a 166km run from Jerez de la Frontera
to Estepona with the finish on the first category col de Penas Blancas.

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Results from the seventh
stage of the Tour of Spain, a 205.9km ride from Almendralejo to Mairena del
Aljarafe on Friday:

1. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/OPQ) 4hr 51min 27sec
2. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) at 0:00s
3. Robert Wagner (GER/BKN) 0:01.
4. Adrien Petit (FRA/COF) 0:01.
5. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP/VAC) 0:01.
6. Andrew Fenn (SCO/OPQ) 0:01.
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) 0:01.
8. Danilo Wyss (SUI/BMC) 0:01.
9. Klaas Lodewyck (BEL/BMC) 0:01.
10. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/ARG) 0:01.
11. Geoffrey Soupe (FRA/FDJ) 0:01.
12. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) 0:01.
13. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/ARG) 0:01.
14. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI) 0:01.
15. Michael Morkov (DEN/SAX) 0:01.
16. Zakkari Dempster (AUS/APP) 0:01.
17. Grega Bole (SLO/VAC) 0:01.
18. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) 0:01.
19. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR/RSH) 0:01.
20. Lloyd Mondory (FRA/ALM) 0:01.
22. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 0:01

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 27hr 29min 35sec
2. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) at 0:03.
3. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) 0:08.
4. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/RSH) 0:16.
5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:21.
6. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) 0:26.
7. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) 0:28.
8. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 0:31.
9. Rafal Majka (POL/SAX) 0:38.
10. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 0:42.
11. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/APP) 0:45.
12. Ivan Santaromita (ITA/BMC) 0:46.
13. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 0:48.
14. Leopold K├Ânig (CZE/APP) 0:48.
15. Eros Capecchi (ITA/MOV) 0:52.
16. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:53.
17. Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 0:55.
18. Yannick Eijssen (BEL/BMC) 0:59.
19. Diego Ulissi (ITA/LAM) 1:10.
20. Laurens ten Dam (NED/BKN) 1:12.