The fat tyres of Zdenek Stybar

The finish of stage seven wasn’t quite as exciting as the finish of stage six. It wasn’t bad though. The world champion who can’t win a race, Phil Gilbert, and the two-time cyclocross world champion who can, Zdenek Stybar, hovered a few seconds in front of the peloton for the last 9km and thanks to a route with more roundabouts than Milton Keynes, managed to just about stay away. Stybar won the two-man sprint by the width of a Schwalbe.

General classification

Dan Martin fell off and lost 1m32s. He then went to hospital and I’m not sure whether he’ll continue.

Stage eight

I promised you summit finishes in the Vuelta. They’re back. Here’s the profile.