This Friday, the riders were quick off the mark in Gandia for the seventh stage of the Vuelta a Espana (2.WT, 14/08-5/09). The peloton left the Mediterranean coast quickly behind in the direction of the Puerto le Llacuna, the first climb of first category. The battle was on until a group of 29 riders with Simone Petilli representing Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert was formed at the front. There was a moment of relative calm in this 152 kilometer stage before the storm started on the penultimate climb of the day. The consequences of the acceleration on this Puerto de Tibi were especially visible in the leading group. The breakaway exploded and in the end it was the Australian rider Michael Storer who was the best on Balcon de Alicante. Simone Petilli finished 13th, with Louis Meintjes following the best riders in the red jersey group. Thanks to this great performance, the South African moves up to 15th in the general classification. Also Odd Christian Eiking, who was on the side of Meintjes all day, integrates the top 20 of the provisional classification. This Saturday, the honor will be for the sprinters again at the end af a 173,7 kilometer stage between Santa Pola and La Mange Del Mar Menor.