A relaxed day before the climbs
“All the top teams in the standings – says Manuele Boaro – were interested in getting the breakaway to the finish line. We were close to Vincenzo and we were careful to run covered and without taking risks. Besides, we are still at the first race week. ”
“In the group we expect a very tough Vuelta – continues the Italian rider – and that’s why you can breathe a certain tension. I feel that I am growing even though the great heat makes me suffer a bit. But we are here to get to the end! “.
The longest stage of this Vuelta 2017 (207k) saw the solo victory of Slovenian Matej Mohoric, who in the coming season will wear Team Bahrain Merids jersey. In the overall standings, nothing new with the red jersey still on the Chris Froome’s shoulders and with Nibali always 5th in the ranking.
“We are expecting two very difficult stages in the weekend – says sport director Alberto Volpi – and today we have preferred to stay well-covered in the bunch to save a bit of energy. Tomorrow is the classic explosive arrival and it will be important for Vincenzo to well defend himself from the attacks of other leaders. ”
With the eighth stage the Spanish race returns to the coast after passing a couple of climbs. The arrival is at 1,100 meters of Alto Xorret de Catì, a first-category climb of 5 kilometers with an average slope of 9% and a maximum of 18%. There is no doubt that the Top riders will battle.
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