Vuelta Stage Report: Primoz Roglič made no mistake about winning his third Vuelta a España. With a strong performance against the clock he concreted his overall win with the stage win. Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Nippo) just missed out on another stage win by 14 seconds.
The final kilometre of stage 21
Primož Roglič has won the Vuelta for the third time in a row. The Slovenian Jumbo-Visma rider had no problems in the final time trial to Santiago de Compostella. He actually won the time trial. Magnus Cort and Thymen Arensman finished second and third.
Stage 21 Profile
Technical director, Fernando Escartín: “Similar route to the final stage of La Vuelta 1993, which also departed from Padrón and ended at Santiago de Compostela. The first half consists of a continuous climb and the second includes more downhill stretches. The route, winding and technical, may be a determining factor with regards to the race’s final outcome.”
First rider off, Josef Cerny (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
Only 33.8 kilometres separated Primoz Roglič from his third overall victory in the Vuelta a España. On Sunday evening, all the Slovenian had to do was to get through the final time trial to Santiago de Compostella. But then the Olympic time trial champion also wanted to win the final stage. This would be due reward for Roglič’s dominance over the past three weeks.
Fabio Jakobsen won the green jersey
Before the Slovenian started his last effort, all other riders had to finish their Vuelta first. Including a few riders who could make it difficult for Roglič. Time trialists like Josef Černý, Jan Tratnik, Lawson Craddock and Chad Haga, who have all won a time trial in a Grand Tour.
Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Nippo): “It’s too early to say if it’s the time trial of my life but for sure I did a good one. The plan was to go for it. I thought if I didn’t feel good, I wouldn’t push it. In the warm up already and this morning, the legs were feeling alright. I heard I was 27 seconds in front at the first split and that really helped me to push it all the way to the line. The most combative award means a lot to me. I’m very happy to get that prize. I really love to ride aggressively and I’m proud”
Černý was the first. His time of 45:18 was a seriously effort. He sat on the hot seat for quite some time. Meanwhile, fast riders like Nico Denz, Nelson Oliveira and Haga were having a go at the Czech’s strong time.
Vuelta sensation Magnus Cort Nielsen managed to improve Černy’s time after an hour. To 44:16, he was even almost a minute faster. After Cort, Craddock, Jan Polanc and Thymen Arensman were also not able to come close. Although Arensman did not improve the time of the Dane, it must be said that he did ride an excellent time trial. He settled between Cort and Černý for the time being.
Fabio Aru (Qhubeka NextHash): “It’s emotional. I love this team and it’s the best ending for me. I love this race. I want to thank everyone in La Vuelta and the fans around the world. Now I’ll stay with my family and then we’ll see”
Slowly but surely we were able to prepare for the GC riders. Nobody could not match Cort’s time and stayed fairly close to each other, except Roglič . After the first intermediate point it became clear that he would win the time trial. In Santiago de Compostela he recorded his fourth victory.
Hero of stage 20 – Ryan Gibbons
The podium remained intact after the final time trial. The big winner among the GC riders turned out to be David de la Cruz, who made a jump from 9th to 7th.
Spanish TT champion – Ion Izaguirre 10th on the stage
Stage and final overall winner, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a super nice day, and nice three weeks, so I’m happy for myself and my guys around. It was hard, the last one after all these weeks. Still I enjoyed support on the road. I tried to focus on the stage win. It’s unbelievable, it’s crazy. Sometimes, you win by a lot, sometimes it’s very little. But as long as you can win, it’s good. I’m not focusing on numbers and statistics, I just go day by day. I like to do my best and I definitely enjoy it.”
Roglič was the fastest all the way
Stage win and the final overall for Primoz Roglič
2nd overall, Enric Mas (Movistar): “I talked a bit with my coach about improving those finals. Yesterday was the first day that I felt really good after my crash a few days ago. It was a very hard time trial due to those blows. Luckily I didn’t have to fight for La Vuelta with Roglic. [About Miguel Angel Lopez] Those are internal things of the team that have nothing to do with me. I think a statements about what happened has already been made and I have nothing to say. Now, I mainly want to have a good dinner with the team, enjoy and celebrate it well and from tomorrow I want to work on the end of the season, since I feel quite well and I want to race the Italian classics, which I have always liked.”
Maybe no the strongest team, but they won
3rd overall, Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious): “It’s incredible to be on this podium. I was speaking with my wife just before and I said: ‘You always dream to be on the podium of a Grand Tour, but you never know if you can’. To be up there on the stage with Primoz [Roglic], I think it’s gonna take a while to sink in. Having a really bad crash at the Tour meant coming here with no expectation, so to be third on the podium, I’m just amazed, I have no words. I just want to thank everyone who helped me get here. It doesn’t happen over night, it takes years and years of work. I will keep approaching things the same way I do. I have the right people around me and I’m just happy.”
The final podium
Vuelta a España Stage 21 Result:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 44:02
2. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo at 0:14
3. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 0:52
4. Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck – Quick-Step 0:01:16
5. Chad Haga (USA) DSM at 1:43
6. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 1:49
7. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-hansgrohe at 1:52
8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
9. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 2:04
10. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 2:06
11. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 2:14
12. Nico Denz (Ger) DSM at 2:17
13. Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo at 2:22
14. Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 2:24
15. Tom Scully (NZ) EF Education-Nippo at 2:34
16. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 2:35
17. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 2:52
18. Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 2:54
19. Michael Storer (Aus) DSM at 3:00
20. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM
21. Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ at 3:07
22. Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 3:09
23. Martijn Tusveld (Ned) DSM at 3:11
24. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar at 3:13
25. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 3:15.
Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 21:
1. Primoz Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 83:55:29
2. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 4:42
3. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious at 7:40
4. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 9:06
5. Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious at 11:33
6. Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 13:27
7. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 18:33
8. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 18:55
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 20:27
10. Felix Großschartner (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 22:22
11. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 25:14
12. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 26:42
13. Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 31:21
14. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 49:09
15. Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis at 52:32
16. Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 57:29
17. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:05:31
18. Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:09:25
19. Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH at 1:12:43
20. Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:22:06
21. Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates at 1:22:14
22. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 1:22:38
23. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 1:34:52
24. Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Burgos-BH at 1:37:26
25. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 1:37:27.