Michael Storer of Team DSM has won Stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana, the Australian attacking from the break and staying ahead on a tough final climb to Balcon de Alicante to win by 21 seconds from fellow escapee Carlos Verona of Movistar.
It's the biggest victory of the 24-year-old Australian, who earlier this year won the Tour de l'Ain.
A brutal day's racing saw Hugh Carthy of EF Education-Nippo, third overall last year, abandon the race and 2010 champion Alejandrp Valverde, riding on home roads in perhaps his final Grand Tour, crash out.
Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma. seeking a third overall victory in the race, retains the overall lead.
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