OLIVA, Spain (AP) — Geoffrey Soupe won the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta and fellow Frenchman Lenny Martinez held the race lead for a second straight day on Friday.
Soupe, of Total Energies team, finished the flat 201-kilometer (125-mile) ride from Utiel to Oliva on Spain’s eastern coast just ahead of Orluis Aular and Edward Theuns.
Martinez, who took the lead from defending champion Remco Evenepoel on Thursday, stayed eight seconds ahead of American Sepp Kuss in the general classification.
Evenepoel remained ninth overall at 2 minutes, 47 seconds behind Martinez.
He is followed closely by two-time Tour de France winner Jonas Vinegaard and three-time Vuelta winner Primoz Roglic, both teammates on Kupp’s Jumbo-Visma team.
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