VUELTA: Zdenek Stybar denies World Champ a Victory

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Late attack by Zdenek Stybar and World Champion Philippe Gilbert sees them fight out a close sprint for the stage with Stybar getting the verdict in a photo finish

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Omega Pharma – Quick-Step’s Zdenek Stybar continued the aggressive tactics of his team at 205.9km La Vuelta a España Stage 7 on Friday, and this time the result was a magnificent victory by mere inches. After the legendary effort of Tony Martin, on a 170-plus solo effort that saw him caught just meters short of a win on Stage 6, Stybar attacked inside the final 10 kilometers with World Champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC).

300813 OPQS Vuelta stage 7 - STYBAR arrival(c)Tim De Waele

Photo:  OPQS/Tim de Waele

The two worked very well together, and with the chasing peloton hindered by technical run in to the finish including a roundabout before the flamme rouge, the duo had a 15″ advantage with 2km to go. Stybar and Gilbert were able to hold off the peloton by just seconds with Stybar seeing the approaching peloton and launching his sprint rather than play cat-and-mouse off the front.

Gilbert closed on him but Styby held off the Belgian with Stybar winning by less than a tire width in a bike throw. Quickstep rider Andrew Fenn was 6th.

“It was really beautiful for me and all of the team,” Stybar said “After yesterday, with Tony Martin fighting so hard, we were so proud of him. He gave all of us such big morale. We were really motivated for the stage because of him. After 100km I told my sport director ‘hey, if there is some attack on the last climb, I am going to try and if not, we can go for the sprint for Gianni or Andy’.”

“I thought this was a good chance for me, but also a comfortable situation for the team because they wouldn’t have to pull for the sprint. I also knew the last 10km were really technical, which suited me and would be difficult for the group to catch a breakaway. It was really a perfect scenario.”

“When I launched my sprint, I knew it was the place to go because I saw it the lap before. I couldn’t really launch it perfectly because I felt the bunch coming back. It doesn’t matter if I won by a centimeter or a millimeter. It’s not every day you win against the world champion, so I am really happy. I want to dedicate the victory to the team, but especially Tony. Yesterday was really painful for him and for the team. Tonight, for sure, we will celebrate and share this victory all together.”

300813 OPQS Vuelta Stage 7 - STYBAR podium(c)Tim De Waele

Photo:  OPQS/Tim de Waele

Stybar came into the Vuelta fresh off success at Eneco Tour, including two wins and the overall victory. “Since Eneco I felt really good, but I must say the first stages here were really hard for me,” Stybar said. “I was not totally recovered from Eneco Tour. But OK, I felt good today and went for it. I won again and this really gives me a lot of confidence for both La Vuelta and the rest of my season.”

The wait for Gilbert goes on
For the World Champion, the wait for the first win in the rainbow stripes goes on. “Yesterday was the first day when I had some feeling back in my legs after the crash,” Gilbert said of his recovery from a deep cut to his left knee suffered in the Eneco Tour of Benelux.

“I am happy. I am still missing a victory this season, but I have been close a lot of times.” The runner-up finish was Gilbert’s fifth of the season, adding to second-place results on Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour of Benelux (Aug. 13), the Belgian time trial championship (Aug. 11), Brabantse Pijl (April 10) and Stage 6 of Paris-Nice (March 9). BMC Racing Team’s Danilo Wyss finished eighth on the stage and Klaas Lodewyck was ninth.

Earlier, BMC’s Marco Pinotti was part of a three-man breakaway that went up the road after 11 kilometers of the 205.9-km stage, the second-longest of this year’s race. He and Francisco Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural) and Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) gained more than seven minutes before being caught with 14 km to go.

“It’s been a couple of days that I’ve been trying to be in the main breakaway,” Pinotti said. “Spending so much time in front is good training and preparation for the world’s time trial. So it was actually good for today.”

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) kept the overall lead. In other news, Dan Martin crashed and is according to reports in hospital.

STAGE RESULT

1 STYBAR Zdenek Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 04:51:27
2 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team @ st
3 WAGNER Robert Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:01
4 PETIT Adrien Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
5 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
6 FENN Andrew Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
7 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling @ st
8 WYSS Danilo BMC Racing Team @ st
9 LODEWYCK Klaas BMC Racing Team @ st
10 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Argos – Shimano @ st
11 SOUPE Geoffrey Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
12 HENDERSON Gregory Lotto Belisol Team @ st
13 SINKELDAM Ramon Team Argos – Shimano @ st
14 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE @ st
15 MøRKøV Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
16 DEMPSTER Zakkari Team NetApp – Endura @ st
17 BOLE Grega Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
18 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis Sky Procycling @ st
19 POPOVYCH Yaroslav RadioShack – Leopard @ st
20 MONDORY Lloyd AG2R La Mondiale @ st
21 MEERSMAN Gianni Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
22 NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team @ st
23 CHAINEL Steve AG2R La Mondiale @ st
24 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team @ st
25 HORNER Chris RadioShack – Leopard @ st
26 HERMANS Ben RadioShack – Leopard @ st
27 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
28 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team @ st
29 CATALDO Dario Sky Procycling @ st
30 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
31 MAJKA Rafal Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
32 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
33 RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano Lampre – Merida @ st
34 KISERLOVSKI Robert RadioShack – Leopard @ st
35 ZAUGG Oliver Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
36 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard @ st
37 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team @ st
38 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team @ st
39 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
40 MARCZYNSKI Tomasz Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
41 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura @ st
42 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano @ st
43 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team @ st
44 KIRYIENKA Vasil Sky Procycling @ st
45 URAN Rigoberto Sky Procycling @ st
46 TANNER David Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
47 HERRADA LOPEZ Jose Movistar Team @ st
48 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
49 NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R La Mondiale @ st
50 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
51 TEN DAM Laurens Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
52 PAUWELS Serge Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
53 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R La Mondiale @ st
54 CHEREL Mikael AG2R La Mondiale @ st
55 PAOLINI Luca Katusha Team @ st
56 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
57 PIMENTA COSTA MENDES José João Team NetApp – Endura @ st
58 PREIDLER Georg Team Argos – Shimano @ st
59 BASSO Ivan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
60 SCARPONI Michele Lampre – Merida @ st
61 ULISSI Diego Lampre – Merida @ st
62 CAPECCHI Eros Movistar Team @ st
63 MOLLEMA Bauke Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
64 KANGERT Tanel Astana Pro Team @ st
65 ROUX Anthony Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
66 HUZARSKI Bartosz Team NetApp – Endura @ st
67 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
68 ELISSONDE Kenny Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
69 ARROYO DURAN David Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
70 SERRY Pieter Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
71 PINOT Thibaut Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
72 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC Racing Team @ st
73 MORENO BAZAN Javier Movistar Team @ st
74 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team @ st
75 BRAJKOVIč Janez Astana Pro Team @ st
76 WURF Cameron Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
77 MORI Manuele Lampre – Merida @ st
78 PUCCIO Salvatore Sky Procycling @ st
79 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
80 GUSEV Vladimir Katusha Team @ st
81 BAGOT Yohan Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
82 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team @ st
83 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David Team NetApp – Endura @ st
84 LANDA MEANA Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
85 DE WEERT Kevin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
86 POULHIES Stéphane Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
87 ZANDIO ECHAIDE Xabier Sky Procycling @ st
88 SORENSEN Chris Anker Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
89 CAMANO ORTUZAR Iker Team NetApp – Endura @ st
90 AZANZA SOTO Jorge Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
91 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Jose Cayetano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
92 GARATE Juan Manuel Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
93 VELASCO MURILLO Ivan Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
94 RASMUSSEN Alex Garmin – Sharp @ st
95 CARUSO Giampaolo Katusha Team @ st
96 VAN DE WALLE Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
97 VALLS FERRI Rafael Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
98 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
99 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard @ st
100 SIJMENS Nico Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
101 ZINGLE Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
102 VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
103 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack – Leopard @ st
104 VANOTTI Alessandro Astana Pro Team @ st
105 SZMYD Sylwester Movistar Team @ st
106 STORTONI Simone Lampre – Merida @ st
107 VOSS Paul Team NetApp – Endura @ st
108 MONTAGUTI Matteo AG2R La Mondiale @ st
109 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
110 HUPOND Thierry Team Argos – Shimano 00:26
111 DOCKER Mitchell Orica GreenEDGE @ st
112 REYNES MIMO Vicente Lotto Belisol Team 00:30
113 CARDOSO André Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 00:48
114 TOSATTO Matteo Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:00
115 SCHORN Daniel Team NetApp – Endura 01:31
116 MARTIN Daniel Garmin – Sharp 01:33
117 BARTA Jan Team NetApp – Endura @ st
118 CLEMENT Stef Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
119 VANSUMMEREN Johan Garmin – Sharp 01:39
120 GUTIERREZ PALACIOS Jose Iván Movistar Team 01:58
121 FROHLINGER Johannes Team Argos – Shimano 00:01
122 HOWES Alex Garmin – Sharp 01:58
123 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 02:22
124 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE 02:39
125 VAN DER SANDE Tosh Lotto Belisol Team 02:42
126 FARRAR Tyler Garmin – Sharp 03:09
127 TIRALONGO Paolo Astana Pro Team 03:23
128 CANCELLARA Fabian RadioShack – Leopard 03:27
129 BOIVIN Guillaume Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 00:01
130 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 03:45
131 ARNDT Nikias Team Argos – Shimano 04:03
132 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
133 MARKUS Barry Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
134 LONGO BORGHINI Paolo Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 04:19
135 ZEITS Andrey Astana Pro Team @ st
136 RATTO Daniele Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
137 PATERSKI Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
138 DALL’ANTONIA Tiziano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
139 MANGEL Laurent Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
140 PINEAU Cédric Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
141 VEIKKANEN Jussi Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
142 COURTEILLE Arnaud Equipe Cycliste FDJ.fr @ st
143 EDET Nicolas Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
144 OROZ UGALDE Juan Jos̩ Euskaltel РEuskadi @ st
145 GASTAUER Ben AG2R La Mondiale @ st
146 BROWN Graeme Belkin Pro Cycling Team @ st
147 FERRARI Fabricio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
148 BERARD Julien AG2R La Mondiale @ st
149 TXURRUKA Amets Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
150 ARAMENDIA LORENTE Javier Francisco Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
151 ANACONA GOMEZ Winner Lampre – Merida @ st
152 GRAZIATO Massimo Lampre – Merida @ st
153 DODI Luca Lampre – Merida @ st
154 LASCA Francesco Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
155 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
156 POELS Wout Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
157 PIEDRA PEREZ Antonio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
158 GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE @ st
159 DE GREEF Francis Lotto Belisol Team @ st
160 LANDER Sebastian BMC Racing Team @ st
161 BESSY Cyril Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
162 HANSEN Adam Lotto Belisol Team @ st
163 ISAYCHEV Vladimir Katusha Team @ st
164 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team @ st
165 KOZONTCHUK Dmitry Katusha Team @ st
166 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
167 KOHLER Martin BMC Racing Team @ st
168 COOKE Baden Orica GreenEDGE 04:25
169 HOWARD Leigh Orica GreenEDGE @ st
170 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team @ st
171 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Belisol Team @ st
172 ROWE Luke Sky Procycling @ st
173 PETERSON Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
174 RAST Gregory RadioShack – Leopard @ st
175 KNEES Christian Sky Procycling @ st
176 FAIRLY Caleb Garmin – Sharp @ st
177 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
178 LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo Movistar Team @ st
179 VANDEWALLE Kristof Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
180 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team @ st
181 INTXAUSTI Benat Movistar Team @ st
182 VICIOSO ARCOS Ángel Katusha Team @ st
183 SøRENSEN Nicki Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
184 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team @ st
185 PETROV Evgeni Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
186 NUYENS Nick Garmin – Sharp 04:53
187 STAMSNIJDER Tom Team Argos – Shimano @ st
188 URTASUN PEREZ Pablo Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
189 MEIER Christian Orica GreenEDGE 07:34
190 GARCIA FERNANDEZ Marcos Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
191 BEWLEY Sam Orica GreenEDGE 07:38
192 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto AG2R La Mondiale @ st
193 BONO Matteo Lampre – Merida @ st
194 PINOTTI Marco BMC Racing Team 08:03
195 KREDER Michel Garmin – Sharp 08:58

OVERALL
1 NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team 27:29:35
2 HORNER Chris RadioShack – Leopard 00:03
3 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:08
4 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard 00:16
5 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 00:21
6 KISERLOVSKI Robert RadioShack – Leopard 00:26
7 URAN Rigoberto Sky Procycling 00:28
8 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team 00:31
9 MAJKA Rafal Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:38
10 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:42
11 HUZARSKI Bartosz Team NetApp – Endura 00:45
12 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team 00:46
13 MOLLEMA Bauke Belkin Pro Cycling Team 00:48
14 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura @ st
15 CAPECCHI Eros Movistar Team 00:52
16 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team 00:53
17 SORENSEN Chris Anker Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:55
18 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC Racing Team 00:59
19 ULISSI Diego Lampre – Merida 01:10
20 TEN DAM Laurens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 01:12

 

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