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Woods wins Stage 7 as from breakaway as Carapaz retains red

Canada’s Michael Woods (EF Authentic Cycling) camouflage the strongest – and canniest – of a five-man transfer that went sure of a gargantuan breakaway on the 2nd of two ascents of the toughest climb in the Basque Nation in an entertaining Stage 7 of the Vuelta.

2d to Ion Izagirre on Sunday’s summit raze at Aramon Formigal, Woods went one better after the rest day to out-fox Spanish duo Omar Fraile (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) after a prolonged sport of cat-and-mouse.

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Woods made his preliminary transfer on the 2nd ascent of the Puerto de Orduno sooner than being joined by the two Spaniards over the summit, alongside with French duo Nans Peters (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and the original polka dot jersey Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

With Spanish outdated Valverde a conventional classification risk to Woods’ EF Authentic Cycling teammate Hugh Carthy, the Canadian refused to drag for the main quintet as a skedaddle community of a dozen riders led the skedaddle in the support of, one minute sooner than the peloton.

Valverde, Peters and Martin all set apart in digs in the closing 10 kilometres on the nerve-racking technique to the raze at Villanueva de Valdegovia sooner than Woods took his chance on a sweeping downhill fragment sooner than the closing kilometre.

Fraile led the skedaddle but ran out of avenue, the two-time Vuelta king of the mountain winner left to rue his indecision as he crossed the line ethical four seconds support with compatriot Valverde on his wheel.

The victory used to be Woods’ 2nd of the season and came two years after his most intriguing old care for shut on the Vuelta. It additionally saw the 34-year-mature flip the uncover page after a defective shatter in the outlet stage successfully ended any hope he had of bettering on his profession-high seventh problem in the Vuelta.

“I was with four other guys they veritably indulge in been riding mammoth robust,” Woods talked about. “I felt tainted I could presumably presumably no longer pull thru but with Valverde in the neighborhood – I could presumably presumably no longer give him any time ensuing from we had Hugh Carthy in the peloton in the support of. So I was in a position to sit in reasonably, then, with reasonably of fine fortune, I had the legs and I was in a position to web the care for shut.”

Britain’s Carthy finished safely in the pack nearly one minute in arrears to protect up his 2nd problem on GC, 18 2nd in the support of Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz (Group Ineos), with Ireland’s Dan Martin (Israel Originate-Up Nation) composed third at 20 seconds.

Valverde moved up one problem to ninth and is now 2’03” down on the red summit of Carapaz, with Unusual Zealand’s George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) transferring up three areas and coming into the pause 10 after additionally starring in the day’s damage.

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