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Stage seven witnessed UAE Team Emirates’ Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric take first place in a strong performance that saw him lead the breakaway before making a final attack which he successfully held descending to the finish line and to victory with great form. Chris Froome continues to hold on to the Red Jersey, whilst UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa moves to 19th place in the GC standings.

Commenting on his impressive win Mohoric said: “It’s incredible! It’s been a long time since my last big win. I’ve always worked hard and tried my best, but it is great to have a victory again. I was in the breakaway the other day, I felt very good then and although the stage wasn’t suited to my characteristics I managed to get fourth place. I’m in pretty good shape so today the team wanted me to go into the breakaway, I tried to save as much energy as possible and then just waited until the final which was well suited to my skills. I’m very happy for myself and also for the team who has given me the opportunity to compete in the Vuelta.”

Stage eight sees another mountainous one for the peloton. At 199.5km long it starts in Hellín with a challenging finish – an uphill 5km with some parts at an 18% gradient followed by a sharp descent into Xorret del Catí.

Stage seven results

1 Matej Mohoric UAE Team Emirates- 04:43:35
2 Pawel Polanski – BORA – hansgrohe 0:16
3 José Joaquín Rojas – Movistar Team 0:16

GC Standings

1 Chris Froome – Team Sky – 27:46:51
2 Johan Esteban Chaves – ORICA-Scott 0:11
3 Nicolas Roche – BMC Racing Team – 00:00:13