Vuelta a Espana: Alejandro Valverde and Hugh Carthy out as Michael Storer wins

Michael Storer at Vuelta a Espana

Former champion Alejandro Valverde crashed out of the 2021 Vuelta a Espana as he slid out on a nook throughout a high-speed descent on stage seven.

Australian climber Michael Storer gained the stage from Spaniard Carlos Verona.

Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic retained the general lead, crossing amongst a bunch of normal classification favourites led residence by Adam Yates.

However Yates’ British compatriot Hugh Carthy, third final yr, pulled out of the race early on Friday’s stage.

Former world champion Valverde, who began the day fourth total, got here off his bike with 43km to go, skidding throughout the tarmac, simply lacking a barrier and narrowly avoiding a major fall down the mountain.

After being checked out by the medics the Spaniard, 41, was helped again onto his bike, however dismounted shortly after, wanting visibly emotional.

Stage seven outcomes

1. Michael Storer (Aus/Crew DSM) 4 hrs 10 minutes 12 secs

2. Carlos Verona (Spa/Movistar)

3. Pavel Sivakov (Rus/INEOS Grenadiers)

4. Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma)

5. Jack Haig (Aus/Bahrain Victorious)

6. Romain Bardet (Fra/Crew DSM)

7. Felix Großschartner (Aut/BORA-hansgrohe)

8. Andreas Kron (Den/Lotto-Soudal)

9. Steff Cras (Bel/Lotto-Soudal

10. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Crew Emirates)

Common classification after stage seven

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Crew Jumbo-Visma) 25 hrs 18 minutes 3 secs.

2. Felix Grossschartner (Aut/BORA hansgrohe)

3. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar)

4. Miguel Ángel López (Col/Movistar)

5. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Crew Emirates)

6. Egan Bernal (Col/INEOS Grenadiers)

7. Jack Haig (Aus/Bahrain Victorious)

8. Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma)

9. Aleksander Vlasov (Rus/Astana Professional)

10. Adam Yates (GBR/INEOS Grenadiers)

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