Michael Storer ascends to victory after thrilling breakaway battle on stage seven of the Vuelta a España 2021

The Australian dropped his rivals just 3km from the finish on the brutal gradients of the final climb

Michael Storer wins stage seven of the Vuelta a España
Michael Storer wins stage seven of the Vuelta a España
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Michael Storer claimed easily the biggest win of his career on stage seven of the Vuelta a España 2021, climbing to an impressive win on the brutal gradients of Balcón de Alicantes. 

The Aussie rider formed part of a large 30-rider breakaway that went clear in the opening half of the stage, eventually finding himself in a battle with Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) and Carlos Verona (Movistar) on the final climb.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.