Belgian Jens Keukeleire was caught up in the late crash that disrupted the finale on stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana today, losing the opportunity to contest the sprint for ORICA-BikeExchange.
Thankfully, Keukeleire sustained no injuries in the unavoidable incident with teammates Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates both crossing the line safely.
The crash occured on the final corner before Jonas Van Genechten (IAM-Cycling) went on to win the stage from a reduced bunch sprint after a late attack was caught only 400metres from the line.
Stage six winner Yates remains in tenth on the general classification with Chaves still in fifth ahead of tomorrow’s stage eight.
Sport director Neil Stephens was pleased that the team made it through the stage without issue ahead of a tough stage finish tomorrow.
“We approached the day as a transition stage,” said Stephens. “Our main objectives were to protect Esteban (Chaves) and Simon (Yates) and make sure we didn’t lose any time when it got hectic in the finale.”
|1||Jonas Vangenechten (BEL) - IAM Cycling||3:55:44|
|2||Daniele Bennati (ITA) - Tinkoff Team||ST|
|3||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||ST|
|4||Philippe Gilbert (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|5||Kévin Reza (FRA) - FDJ||ST|
|6||Gediminas Bagdonas (LTU) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|7||Gianni Meersman (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|8||Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) - Dimension Data||ST|
|9||Romain Hardy (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|10||Tosh Van Der Sande (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||ST|
|28||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|38||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|50||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|67||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|104||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|141||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:11:09|
|142||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:11:09|
|144||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:11:09|
|147||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:11:09|