The Tour Take | Vuelta a Espana Stage 21

 Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

The Steps

1st – Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors)

2nd – Peter Sagan (Bora - hansgrohe)

3rd – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

The Jerseys

Red - Simon Yates (Mitchelton- SCOTT)

Green - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Polka Dot - Thomas De Gendt (Lotto - Soudal)

 

The Final GC

1st - Simon Yates (Mitchelton - SCOTT)

2nd - Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) @ 1:46

3rd - Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) @ 2:04

4th - Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto- Jumbo) @ 2:54

5th - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) @ 4:28

6th - Thibaut Pinot (Groupama - FDJ) @ 5:57

7th - Rigoberto Uran (Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale) @ 6:07

8th -  Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) @ 6:51

9th - Ion Izagirre (Bahrain - Merida) @ 11:09 

10th - Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) @ 11:11

 

The Route

Like the other grand tours, La Vuelta finishes with a criterium. After a 35km roll Starting in Alcocorn and moving through the streets of Madrid, the peloton completed eleven laps of a 6km course. Long and skinny with a hairpin at each end, it was a big old hot dig crit.

The Key Point

The final hairpin corner came with 1.1km to go, making for a tight squeeze, although the riders had eleven looks at it before the final time.

The Break

After a cruising until reaching the circuit, the race was hot when the racing started.

On the second lap of the circuit, Machado, Bol, De Marchi, Rosetto, Iturria and Chetout attacked, though their break was short-lived as they were brought back a lap later.

Next lap, Stalnov, Rubia, Bravo and Rosskopf attacked, and built a 20 second lead. Stalnov punctured and returned to the break, however the remaining three stayed out away until near the end of the second lap.

The Finish

It was a messy last lap, with LottoNL-Jumbo and Groupama-FDJ both spending time on the front. Quick-Step came to the front with 3km to go though and looked to control the sprint.

VIviani was lost though, sitting back in 15th wheel, and his teammates were clearly confused, sitting up and looking around for him.

With 400m to go, Ivan Garcia Cortina found himself on the front and had no option but to hit out. Danny Van Poppel jumped onto his wheel and looked good with 300m to go, but Nizzolo Sarreau and Sagan drew alongside him.

As those four were stuck in a drag race, Viviani appeared out of nowhere, having followed Sagan in the chaotic final kilometre and sprinted around the outside, taking the win from nowhere and making it three wins here this year

The Votes

3 – Elia Viviani. Looked gone for all money in the final kilometre, but just as you counted him out, he came out of nowhere

2 - Peter Sagan. Another frustrating result for Sagan who heads home from this race empty handed.

1 – Giacomo Nizzolo, Nizzolo’s finished on the podium behind Viviani a lot this year, and this one was no different.

Leaderboard: S Yates (14), Valverde (9), Sagan (8) Viviani (7) Pinot (6), Dennis, King (5), Herrada, Mate, Kwiatkowski, Woods (4), Bouhanni, Clarke, De Marchi, Gallopin, Geniez, Lopez, Mas, Mollema, Quintana, Wallays (3) Bystrom, Kruijswijk (2) De Plus, Mollard, Postlberger, Rodriguez, Rhestrepo, Campenaerts, Cortina, Majka, Nizzolo, Porte, Rolland, Van Baarle (1),

See you back at the social club,

Josh

 

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