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Vuelta Espana 2018; Etapa 21 Alcorcon - Madrid .100;9 Km ; Domingo 16/09/2018

VUELTA’18: Final Week Photo Gallery!

PeloPics: Simon Yates rode an attacking final week of the Vuelta, ‘the best form of defense is attack!’ The overall was set fire in the mountains of Andorra and it was all change GC with full on excitement. Here are the best photos of the last week of the Spanish Grand Tour by Cor Vos and Luis Ángel Gómez.

Madrid was red on Sunday for Simon Yates

Click on the stage for full ‘Stage Report’ and go to EUROTRASH Monday (Stage 14 and 15), EUROTRASH Thursday (Stage 16 and 17) and EUROTRASH Monday (Stage 18, 19, 20, and 21) for rider quotes and race video and you can see The First Week Photo Gallery HERE and The Second Week Photo Gallery HERE.

Yates took the red jersey back on stage 14

Simon Yates back in the red jersey – Stage 14:
The finalé of stage 14 was a cut and thrust affair between the top GC men and Mitchelton-Scott’s Simon Yates won this round of the Battle. Behind him Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) were hot on his heels. Stage and overall for Yates.

Cool shade before the hot action

A different peloton

A tough day ahead

Last day in red for Herrada

The battle between Lopez and Valverde would go to stage 20

Job done for Yates

Thibaut Pinot takes Covadonga – Stage 15:
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) made major strides back up the overall classification with a wonderful stage victory on the Lagos de Covadonga. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was able to cover every acceleration though and he heads into the final week still in red and looking like one of the strongest riders in the race.

Stock up

Lopez and Mas – Yates there too

Pinot was the man on stage 15

A happy local – Cortina

You can see it was a hard day for Woods

Ed’s Second Rest Day Round Up HERE.
The 2018 Vuelta a España looks a little more settled as we go into the final six stages to Madrid, via Andorra. So far we have had some surprise wins and the battles on the final climbs have lived up to expectations. Ed Hood has been keeping an ‘eagle eye’ on developments in Spain – Simon Yates for the win, or is a Movistar ambush on the cards?

Rest day for some

A second time trial victory for Rohan Dennis – Stage 16:
Just like the Vuelta a España stage 1, BMC’s Rohan Dennis was the master of the stage 16 time trial, taking 50 seconds out of second placed teammate Joey Rosskopf and Jonathan Castroviejo (Sky), for the win. Overall leader; Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took time out of most his rivals as Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) moved up the GC placings and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) dropped down.

A fairly flat TT

Not a bad TT ride for the ‘Old Man’

No time for architecture

Rohan Dennis checks his time

Michael Woods wins for his family – Stage 17:
Canada’s Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) mastered the cruel cloud covered climb to the Balcón de Bizkaia for the Vuelta stage 17 win ahead of Dylan Teuns (BMC) and David De La Cruz (Sky). Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) took a little time from overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), but Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost any chance of winning this Tour of Spain.

A dance at the start

Too many 2nd places for Peter Sagan

The Euskadi boys wanted to show well on home soil

Doing it for the family – Michael Woods

Nice Basque hat

Jelle Wallays wins, but only just – Stage 18:
On a stage made for the sprinters; Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE Team Emirates) held off the fast finishers to cross the finish line with millimeters to spare, Wallays taking the honors. World champion, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) brought in the baying pack, hot on the heels of the Wallays/Bystrøm tandem, ahead of Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). No change on GC.

A Suisse band?

No trains

A quiet village on a quiet day

Just one of those long, flat stages – There wasn’t many of them this year

Wallays surprised the sprinters

Vuelta stage win No.2 for Thibaut Pinot – Stage 19:
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won again at the 2018 Vuelta a España as he profited from Simon Yates’ work to go clear at the top of the climb of the Coll de la Rabassa in Andorra. The Brit in the Mitchelton-Scott team put another few nails in the GC coffin and now sits 1:38 ahead of a struggling Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Still one big day to go…

MotoGP champ, Marquez, gets a new bike

The Russians were still happy

Simon Yates putting the pressure on

A very dangerous split

But it was that man Pinot again

Yates confirms, Mas and Lopez move up – Stage 20:
Spain’s rising star Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) claimed the short but explosive penultimate stage of the Vuelta a España in the mountains of Andorra, while Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) once again rode with panache to hold onto the red jersey, capping an exceptional year that has seen Britain claim all three of cycling’s Grand Tours, an exploit matched only by France in 1964 and Spain in 2008.

There isn’t much flat road in Andorra

Quintana made the move – Was it a mistake?

Not a good day for Valverde and Kruijswijk

Phone number?

Enric Mas couldn’t believe it – A big star of the future

Yates knows he’s won the Vuelta

Viviani and the Quick-Step boys save some strength for the Madrid finish

Third stage win for Viviani and Simon Yates crowned as Vuelta’18 winner – Stage 21:
Italian champion, Elia Viviani took his third Vuelta stage win of 2018, yet another victory for the Quick-Step Floors team, but the day belonged to Mitchelton-Scott’s Simon Yates. Overall winner of the Spanish Grand Tour and the victory was taken with panache and set a record for British Grand Tour wins.

The top three

The long road to Madrid is nearly finished

Three stages for the Italian champion

The first of many GT wins?

You should never waste Cava!

2018 Vuelta a España Final Overall Result:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 82:05:58
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors at 1:46
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 2:04
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 2:54
5. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 4:28
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 5:57
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 6:07
8. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 6:51
9. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 11:09
10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 11:11
11. Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 12:10
12. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 14:06
13. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 17:57
14. Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 25:40
15. David De La Cruz (Spa) Sky at 28:02
16. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 30:00
17. Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 35:46
18. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 39:53
19. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 45:32
20. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 51:36
21. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 57:15
22. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 57:29
23. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:03:07
24. Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data at 1:03:40
25. Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 1:06:26.

Points: Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar.
KOM: Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal.
Combined: Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott.
Combativity: Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo.
Team: Movistar.

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