30 August 2013

Vuelta a España Stage 7: Almendralejo to Mairena del Aljarafe

As I already summed up the events of yesterday in which Tony Martin lead for all but 20 metres of the parcours all on his own I don't have to do that.

So on with todays stage. It is a 205.9km run south, making it the second longest in this year's Vuelta. It is also incredibly flat, especially for the last 70km or so. Although there are a few, minor bumps on the course this should be a sprinters stage.

There is a finishing circuit meaning that the first time they cross the finishing line is actually for the second intermediate sprint of the day before going for a 31km loop around the finishing town to come in once again.

One man who will be wanting to get there first is Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews, in the sprint for the line yesterday he was the man who finished just in front of the man of the day Tony Martin coming 6th, but that was enough for him, after winning the day before and being third the day before that to wrest the Green Jersey off Daniel Moreno. His team were certainly one of those doing some of the work in trying to get Martin back yesterday in the finalé. Winning in the Green Jersey is always a sprinter's dream scenario. As this will be the sprinters' last chance before the mountains over the weekend expect them to be twitchy and there may even be a crash in the run in as a result.

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