Vuelta a España
Stage 7: Maceda to Puebla de Sanabria - Stage Details

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.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
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
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
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