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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 7 Results

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Friday, Aug 29: Alhendín - Alcaudete, 169 km

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Alessandro DeMarchi wins stage 7

Alessandro De Marchi wins stage 7. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: During the first hour of stage seven, there were several breakaway attempts, all snuffed out by teams without representatives in the escapes.

About 35 kilometers into the stage, several riders went down, including Chris Froome. Froome was back up and eventually rejoined the peloton, but Ivan Santaromita (Orica-GreenEdge), Bryan Nauleau (Europcar) and Aleksejs Saramontins (IAM Cycling) had injuries severe enough to force them to abandon, the first riders to quit this year's Vuelta.

About as that was happening, four strong riders formed a smooth-working break that quickly established a good gap: Ryder Hesjedal, Johan Tschopp, Hubert Dupont and Alessandro De Marchi. At one point, about 100 kilometers into the stage, they were riding 7min 23sec ahead of the field, just 20 seconds short of making Hesjedal the Vuelta's virtual leader.

For much of the day, the pack's chase was indifferent. With about 40 kilometers to go, Trek and then Lampre started chasing in earnest. But with 18 km to go the quartet still had nearly four minutes, a big enough gap to succeed. It looked like Movistar asked Trek and Lampre to relent in their chasing efforts, since catching the breakaways was such a hopeless task.

Then things started to go wrong for some of the riders in the break. First Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) was dropped on climb. Then, while descending, Hesjedal's wheels just slipped out from under him. It looked like a photographer's motorcycle might have hit his bike.

De Marchi (Cannondale) and Tschopp (IAM Cycling) waited for a moment, then pressed on. As the road became steep, De Marchi dropped Tschopp and headed for the barn. Behind him the other three breakaways eventually joined up, but they could not make a dent in their gap to De Marchi.

De Marchi soloed in for the first Grand Tour stage win of his career. Hesjedal led the chasing trio in a minute and a half later. Philippe Gilbert won the field sprint as the peloton rumbled in 2 minutes 17 seconds after De Marchi had finished.

Chris Froome is riding a heads-up Vuelta. He jumped near the line and put two seconds between himself and the rest of the field with Valverde and Contador. He is now just two seconds behind third-placed Contador.

With his ninth-place finish Alejandro Valverde easily retained his GC lead.

Complete Stage 7 results:

Winner's average speed: 41.9 km/hr

1 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 4hr 1min 52sec
2 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp @ 1min 34sec
3 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 1' 35''
4 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling
5 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 2' 17''
6 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
7 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 2' 18''
8 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2' 20''
9 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
10 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
11 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
12 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team
13 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
14 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha
15 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
16 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team
17 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka
18 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
19 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA
20 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
21 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo
22 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida
23 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha
24 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
25 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
26 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
27 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
28 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol
29 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
30 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp
31 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
32 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
33 Romain Sicard Team Europcar
34 Luis Angel Mate  Cofidis Solutions Crédits
35 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida
36 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol
37 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team
38 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
39 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team
40 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr
41 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha
42 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale
43 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo
44 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
45 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha
46 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team
47 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo
48 Mikel Nieve Team SKY
49 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo
50 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits
51 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar
52 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team
53 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 3' 00''
54 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 3' 04''
55 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 3' 05''
56 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 3' 10''
57 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team
58 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits
59 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol
60 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 3' 12''
61 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 3' 15''
62 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY
63 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team + 3' 18''
64 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr
65 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 3' 23''
66 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 3' 25''
67 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 3' 32''
68 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol
69 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar
70 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 3' 49''
71 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 4' 06''
72 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
73 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
74  Luis León Sánchez Caja Rural Seguros RGA
75 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 4' 33''
76 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha
77 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team
78 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano
79 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr
80 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits
81 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka
82 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 2' 20''
83 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 5' 04''
84 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 5' 05''
85 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 5' 07''
86 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol
87 Adriano Malori Movistar Team
88 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 5' 10''
89 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 6' 12''
90 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha
91 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 6' 26''
92 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha
93 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 7' 10''
94 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
95 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 7' 19''
96 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo
97 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 7' 30''
98 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 7' 44''
99 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
100 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge
101 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
102 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp
103 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling
104 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team
105 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
106 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo
107 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling + 8' 18''
108 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo
109 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Lampre Merida
110 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge
111 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge
112 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida
113 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
114 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA
115 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 10' 12''
116 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling
117 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 10' 48''
118 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 14' 16''
119 Christian Knees Team SKY
120 José Herrada Movistar Team
121 Javier Moreno Movistar Team
122 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA
123 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka
124 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano
125 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team
126 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp
127 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp
128 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol
129 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano
130 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling
131 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
132 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale
133 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale
134 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida
135 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 14' 21''
136 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka
137 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 15' 24''
138 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
139 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing
140 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 15' 48''
141 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 16' 00''
142 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 16' 01''
143 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 16' 01''
144 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 16' 33''
145 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing
146 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol
147 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka
148 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling
149 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr
150 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida
151 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 19' 54''
152 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge + 20' 42''
153 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team
154 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling
155 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing
156 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team
157 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar
158 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale
159 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale
160 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale
161 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale
162 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team
163 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar
164 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar
165 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp
166 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr
167 Dan Craven Team Europcar
168 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling
169 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano
170 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka
171 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team
172 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
173 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
174 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA
175 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr
176 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling
177 Dario Cataldo Team SKY
178 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling
179 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits
180 Luke Rowe Team SKY
181 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA
182 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team
183 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team
184 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
185 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits
186 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling
187 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
188 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida
189 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol
190 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr
191 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge
192 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
193 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol
194 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp
195 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano

GC after Stage 7:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 26hr 52min 20sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 15 seconds
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 18''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 20''
5 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 41''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 45''
7 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 55''
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 58''
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 02''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 06''
11 Mikel Nieve Team SKY + 1' 09''
12 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 11''
13 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1' 12''
14 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 18''
15 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 1' 19''
16 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 26''
17 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 1' 34''
18 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team + 1' 47''
19 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 1' 57''
20 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 2' 06''
21 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 25''
22 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 2' 29''
23 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp + 2' 30''
24 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 2' 35''
25 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2' 44''
26 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 2' 46''
27 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 52''
28 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team + 3' 10''
29 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 47''
30 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 4' 47''
31 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 5' 48''
32 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 6' 03''
33 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 6' 10''
34 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr + 6' 36''
35 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale + 6' 42''
36 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team + 7' 08''
37 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 7' 13''
38 Angel Mate Luis Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 7' 29''
39 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 7' 47''
40 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale + 8' 09''
41 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 8' 19''
42 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 8' 22''
43 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 8' 22''
44 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team + 8' 38''
45 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 8' 47''
46 Andrey Amador Movistar Team + 9' 01''
47 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 11' 42''
48 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha + 12' 40''
49 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge + 12' 58''
50 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 13' 19''
51 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 13' 35''
52 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 13' 52''
53 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol + 14' 14''
54 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 16' 13''
55 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 16' 51''
56 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 17' 15''
57 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 17' 18''
58 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 17' 25''
59 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team + 18' 41''
60 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 18' 48''
61 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 18' 57''
62 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 20' 31''
63 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 20' 53''
64 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp + 21' 25''
65 José Herrada Movistar Team + 21' 52''
66 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 22' 02''
67 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 22' 18''
68 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 23' 11''
69 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 23' 32''
70 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 23' 59''
71 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 24' 00''
72 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY + 24' 10''
73 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 24' 31''
74 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka + 24' 46''
75 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 25' 11''
76 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 25' 13''
77 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 26' 29''
78 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo + 26' 34''
79 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 27' 02''
80 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 27' 40''
81 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 28' 11''
82 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 28' 26''
83 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 29' 50''
84 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 29' 55''
85 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team + 30' 18''
86 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka + 31' 03''
87 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 31' 19''
88 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 31' 38''
89 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 31' 39''
90 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team + 31' 43''
91 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 32' 46''
92 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol + 32' 57''
93 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 33' 16''
94 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 33' 36''
95 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 34' 27''
96 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 34' 28''
97 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 34' 45''
98 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo + 35' 10''
99 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp + 35' 21''
100 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 36' 22''
101 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 37' 29''
102 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 37' 39''
103 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 38' 01''
104 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr + 38' 18''
105 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 38' 51''
106 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano + 40' 45''
107 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 40' 54''
108 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol + 41' 14''
109 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling + 41' 37''
110 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 41' 40''
111 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 41' 48''
112 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 42' 03''
113 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 42' 08''
114 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 42' 32''
115 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar + 42' 46''
116 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida + 43' 01''
117 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 44' 19''
118 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 44' 25''
119 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr + 45' 26''
120 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 45' 30''
121 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka + 45' 38''
122 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling + 45' 54''
123 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 46' 59''
124 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 47' 14''
125 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling + 47' 41''
126 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling + 47' 48''
127 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 48' 00''
128 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 48' 42''
129 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 48' 57''
130 Christian Knees Team SKY + 49' 44''
131 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing + 50' 09''
132 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr + 50' 47''
133 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 51' 02''
134 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling + 51' 28''
135 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 51' 36''
136 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 52' 22''
137 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 52' 23''
138 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 52' 52''
139 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 53' 59''
140 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling + 54' 18''
141 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 54' 34''
142 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 54' 36''
143 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 54' 41''
144 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 55' 16''
145 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 55' 20''
146 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 55' 25''
147 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 55' 51''
148 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida + 56' 33''
149 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 56' 43''
150 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 57' 14''
151 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 57' 18''
152 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 57' 21''
153 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 58' 08''
154 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 58' 12''
155 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 58' 20''
156 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 59' 12''
157 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr + 59' 23''
158 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 00' 03''
159 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1h 00' 07''
160 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 00' 35''
161 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 00' 50''
162 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol + 1h 02' 06''
163 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 02' 31''
164 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 1h 02' 49''
165 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 03' 00''
166 Dan Craven Team Europcar + 1h 03' 49''
167 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1h 04' 05''
168 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 1h 04' 11''
169 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 05' 27''
170 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr + 1h 05' 30''
171 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 06' 33''
172 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 07' 11''
173 Dario Cataldo Team SKY + 1h 07' 53''
174 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 1h 08' 41''
175 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team + 1h 09' 04''
176 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge + 1h 09' 07''
177 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 1h 10' 04''
178 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 1h 10' 24''
179 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 10' 31''
180 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling + 1h 11' 42''
181 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 1h 12' 13''
182 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 1h 12' 20''
183 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 12' 34''
184 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 1h 13' 16''
185 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 1h 13' 58''
186 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 1h 14' 53''
187 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 1h 17' 20''
188 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar + 1h 20' 43''
189 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 21' 06''
190 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 21' 23''
191 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 1h 24' 26''
192 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 1h 25' 39''
193 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling + 1h 28' 12''
194 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 30' 44''
195 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling + 1h 44' 06''

Points Classification:

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 72 points
2 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 51
3 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 49
4 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 42
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY 38
6 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 32
7 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 32
8 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale 31
9 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 28
10 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 28
11 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 27
12 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 24
13 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team 23
14 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 22
15 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 22
16 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team 21
17 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling 20
18 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 19
19 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 17
20 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 17
21 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 16
22 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 16
23 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16
24 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 15
25 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
26 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
27 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team 13
28 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 12
29 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
30 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 10
31 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 10
32 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling 10
33 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
34 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge 9
35 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 8
36 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 8
37 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 8
38 Mikel Nieve Team SKY 7
39 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 7
40 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 7
41 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 7
42 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 6
43 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling 6
44 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 5
45 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 5
46 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
47 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
48 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
49 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
50 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
51 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 4
52 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 4
53 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol 4
54 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3
55 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
56 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 3
57 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 2
58 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 2
59 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
60 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
61 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
62 Christian Knees Team SKY 1
63 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 1
64 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 18 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 10
3 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 10
4 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling 8
5 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 7
6 Christopher Froome Team SKY 6
7 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 6
8 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 5
9 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 5
10 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 5
11 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 4
12 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
13 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
14 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 2
15 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
16 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 2
17 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
18 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 2
19 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 1
20 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 1
21 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1
22 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Team Classification:

1 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 80hr 10min 53sec
2 Movistar Team @ 45 seconds
3 Team Katusha + 2' 28''
4 BMC Racing Team + 2' 36''
5 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 3' 37''
6 Omega Pharma - Quick Step + 5' 22''
7 Astana Pro Team + 6' 00''
8 Tinkoff - Saxo + 7' 26''
9 Garmin Sharp + 7' 32''
10 Lampre - Merida + 10' 51''
11 Team SKY + 15' 30''
12 Team Giant - Shimano + 17' 06''
13 AG2R La Mondiale + 20' 50''
14 Lotto Belisol + 21' 49''
15 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 22' 25''
16 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 24' 46''
17 Orica GreenEdge + 29' 37''
18 MTN - Qhubeka + 38' 40''
19 FDJ.fr + 39' 10''
20 Trek Factory Racing + 47' 30''
21 Team Europcar + 1h 00' 47''
22 IAM Cycling + 1h 35' 43''

Stage 7 photos:

Dan Martin

Dan Martin heads to the start. Photo ©Sirotti

Andrew Talansky

Andrew Talansky. Photo ©Sirotti

Damiano Cunego

Damiano Cunego. Photo ©Sirotti

Alessandro De Marchi

Today's stage winner Alessandro De Marchi after signing in. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador, who has probably been sandbagging everyone about his real condition, which is actually very fine. Photo ©Sirotti

Chris Froome

Despite crashing early in the stage, Chris Froome snagged two seconds at the end of the day. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

A man with every reason to be happy. Race leader Alejandro Valverde. Photo ©Sirotti

Alessandro De Marchi

A job well done. Alessandro De Marchi wins stage 7. Photo ©Sirotti

Ryder Hesjedal

Ryder Hesjedal finishes second. Photo ©Sirotti

Hubert Dupont

And Hubert Dupont comes in third. Photo ©Sirotti

Philippe Gilbert and Dan Martin

Philippe Gilbert and Dan Martin fight for fifth place. Photo ©Sirotti

Phiilppe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert gets it. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

Another day in red for Alejandro Valverde. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 7 live updates:

Weather at Alcaudete at 1PM, local time: Another hot day at the Vuelta. 30C (86F), cloudy and forecast to climb to 35C (95F) and cloudy. Wind is currently calm and could later come from the northwest at 13 km/hr (8mph). It's dry, humidity is 22% and will drop to 17%.

Km 25, 144 km to go: There have already been several attempts to form working breaks, but each time a team not represented in the break has gone to the front of the peloton and caught the escapees.

Currently a break of four (Adam Hansen, Nikias Arndt, Bob Jungels and Manuel Quinziato) has just nine seconds, but Caja Rural want to shut it down.

Km 34, 135 km to go: Indeed, the break has been caught. The peloton is climbing the third-category Alto de Illora.

Oh no! Chris Froome just can't get a break! He crashed on the lower slopes of the climb and is now 1min 20sec behind the peloton.

Km 39, 130 km to go: Near the crest of the Illora, Froome has caught the peloton. Four riders are off the front with a gap of a little more than one minute: Ryder Hesjedal, Johan Tschopp, Hubert Dupont and Alessandro de Marchi. Steve Morabito is chasing the lead quartet, about 35 seconds ahead of the pack.

Km 55, 114 km to go: The Hesjedal group seems to have the peloton's permission. The quartet currently are 3min 22sec ahead of the field. Morabito has been absorbed by the peloton. Chris Froome and John Degenkolb have called for the race doctor. Ivan Santaromita (Orica-GreenEdge) has abandoned because of a broken finger. Presumably all three were involved in the same crash. Santaromita is the first rider to drop out of the 2014 Vuelta.

The order of the first three over the Illora: 1st Johann Tschopp, 2nd Ryder Hesjedal, 3rd Hubert Dupont.

Km 62: The break has a gap of 4min 58sec.

Km 68, 101 km to go: Two other riders involved in the crash have also abandoned: Bryan Nauleau (Europcar) and Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cyclng). The breakaway currently is riding 5min 40sec ahead of the peloton.

There was an intermediate sprint at Alcala de Real: 1st Johann Tschopp, 2nd Alessandro De Marchi, 3rd Ryder Hesjedal.

Km 82, 78 km to go: After two hours of racing the average speed for today's stage has been 39.7 km/hr. The break has a gap of 6min 50sec.

Km 101, 68 km to go: The break has grown its lead to 7min 23sec. Ryder Hesjedal is the best placed member of the group, down 7min 43sec. If the break gains another 20 seconds, Hesjedal will be the virtual Vuelta leader.

Next up, the indermediate sprint at Alcaudete.

Km 108, 61 km to go: Trek has gone to the front of the peloton and has started the work of closing in on the escapees. The break's gap is already reduced, now 6min 40sec.

52 km to go: Result of the Alcaudete intermediate sprint: 1st Ryder Hesjedal, 2nd Johann Tschopp, 3rd Hubert Dupont. The break is currently on the second category Alto Ahillo, 6min 10sec ahead of the field. Trek is still working at the fornt of the field.

40 km to go: Julian Arredondo of Trek leads the pack up to the top the climb. Fabian Cancellara, who had been doing a lot of the work pulling the peloton has flatted and is getting a new wheel.

The Ahillo has been crested and Tinkoff-Saxo leads on the descent. The break has a gap of 5min 16sec.

The first three over the Ahillo: 1st Johann Tschopp, 2nd Ryder Hesjedal, 3rd Hubert Dupont.

36 km to go: Lampre-Merida is at the front of the pack. Gap is 5min 23sec. There is every possibility that the break will make it to the finish.

32 km to go: Lampre and Trek are still chasing. The Hesjedal break still has 4min 49sec. While Hesjedal is 7min 43 secnd behind race leader Valverde, the other three in the break are at 24 minutes and more down in the GC

24 km to go: Fabian Cancellara, who had flatted, is still chasing to get back in the peloton. Break's gap is 3min 52sec. The riders in the break continue to work well together. It looks like everyone is taking his pulls. To review, the riders in the break: Ryder Hesjedal, Johan Tschopp, Hubert Dupont and Alessandro de Marchi.

18 km to go: With a gap of 3min 56sec, I think this break will succeed. Trek and Lampre are hammering at the front of the peloton, but it's looking like too little, too late. Movistar looks to have chosen not to burn up the team defending Valverde's lead this early in the Vuelta.

15 km to go: The break's gap is 3min 22sec. Hubert Dupont has been dropped from the break. Hesjedal has crashed. It looks like the camera bike ran over Hesjedal's bike. De Marchi and Tschopp are pressing on.

Now De Marchi has dropped Tschopp and is trying to go alone.

12 km to go: Some Movistar riders, including Valverde, have moved near the front of the peloton, but Lampre remains at the front doing the work. De Marchi is 3min 19sec up the road. Hesjedal is 38 seconds behind De Marchi.

7 km to go: Alessandro De Marchi is riding powerfully, 3min 12sec ahead of the pack. The peloton is not chasing with the same fervor. It looked like Movistar talked to the Lampre riders and asked them to back off the speed since the break could not be caught. Johann Tschopp is chasing at an unkown gap with Hesjedal and Dupont riding together behind Tschopp.

4 km to go: De Marchi still has 3min 17sec. He has this in the bag if he stays upright. Hesjedal, Dupont and Tschopp are together, about 1min 35 seconds behind De Marchi.

1 km to go: De Marchi is in Alcaudete, headed to the finish. He still has 3min 15sec.

The finish: Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) takes a terrific solo victory. He punches the air in celebration. This is his first Grand Tour stage win. Average stage speed, 41.9 km/hr

A scuffed-up Hesjedal takes second about 90 seconds later, followed by Dupont and Tschopp.

A crash in the field sprint: a Giant-Shimano rider, Warren Barguil, went down pretty hard. He's up and walking his bike across the line. Philippe Gilbert won the field sprint.

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