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La VUELTA’19 Final Stage 21: Jakobsen/Roglič Vuelta Winners!

Vuelta Stage Report: The final stage of the Vuelta a España fell to Dutch National champion, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) in a close sprint with Irish champion, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). Primož Roglič had no problems, and the Jumbo-Visma team leader won his first Grand Tour.

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It was close, but the Dutch champion got it

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Stage 21 Route with Joaquim Rodríguez – Fuenlabrada > Madrid 106,6km:

The final day is a homage to the overall winner, the wearer of the red jersey, La Roja – now celebrating its 10th anniversary. It is a short stage, ridden at a leisurely pace, albeit with a half-way sprint and a finish designed for the most powerful speedsters seeking to cover themselves in glory as the race ends in such a prestigious setting as Madrid.

With stage 21 from Fuenlabrada to Madrid, the Vuelta a España 2019 came to an end. After the penultimate stage to Plataforma de Gredos, Primož Roglič’s final victory was in the bag, as nothing usually happens on the road to the Spanish capital. The leader of the Jumbo-Visma team became the first Slovenian to win a Grand Tour, after finishing third in the Giro d’Italia in June.

The top men at the start

Special Vuelta red car for Jumbo-Visma

The battle for the red jersey was over, as was the white and blue mountain jersey and the white best young rider’s jersey had gone to Geoffrey Bouchard and Tadej Pogačar respectively. On paper Pogačar and Alejandro Valverde were still eligible for the green points jersey, but it was unlikely that Roglič’s countryman and the Spaniard would make up for their deficit of 19 and 23 points on the final stage.

The Jumbo-Visma team

No rush to get into the centre of Madrid

Time for a chat between the Slovenians

Congratulations to the winners
Just after five o’clock the go-ahead was given under a sunny sky. In the run-in to Madrid’s 5.8-kilometre circuit, to be completed nine times, the first 50 kilometres had to be covered. The peloton took their time to congratulate the new winner and to pose for the traditional photos. When the peloton entered the Spanish capital, the speed increased.

No better time to propose to your girlfriend – Jesus Ezquerra (Burgos-BH)

And a beer to celebrate

Immediate attack
Deceuninck – Quick-Step took the lead for their sprinter Fabio Jakobsen. Jelle Wallays and Gonzalo Serrano were the first attackers, but the attack by Daniel Felipe Martinez and Diego Rubio at more than 40 kilometres from the finish was more successful. Lap after lap the Colombian-Spanish duo kept ahead of the peloton with between 20 and 30 seconds.

The centre of Mardid was looking good for the finalé

After Martinez and Rubio had been pulled in on the penultimate lap, it was up to the sprinters’ teams. Bora-Hansgrohe, UAE Team Emirates and Deceuninck – Quick-Step led the pace in the final lap for Sam Bennett, Fernando Gaviria and Fabio Jakobsen. The lead-outs were able to show themselves once again in this Vuelta, the chances for the sprinters had been scarce.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step strong at the front

Jakobsen takes his second
Deceuninck – Quick-Step put the peloton into a long string, with stage winner Rémi Cavagna increasing the pace to 70 kilometres per hour! Next man in the line was Ždenek Štybar, while Maximiliano Richeze waited with Fabio Jakobsen in his wheel. Richeze steered his leader to the perfect position, and the Dutchman kicked through the middle. Bennett came strong, but he could not get past Jakobsen to stop the Dutch champion taking his second victory.

Jakobsen was placed perfectly

A dream come true for Fabio Jakobsen

Stage winner, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “I didn’t expect to make it to Madrid, to be honest. It’s my first Grand Tour and it was very hard, I suffered a lot. My first win was a relief, but this one is overwhelming. To make it to Madrid and win here, it takes me over the Moon. It’s like a dream come true. I wasn’t part of the elite before but now I think we can say I’m part of the top 10 sprinters in the World. It started when we entered the last 50 kilometres, to keep the break under control. We had to fight for position in the last kilometres. Max [Richeze] took a bit of slipstream when Trek passed us. With 700 metres to go, I looked behind and I saw Sam Bennett was in my wheel, and we all know he has a very good last kick so I waited for the last moment and I gave everything I had, I even threw my bike just to make sure. Next year, La Vuelta will start in the Netherlands, so I’d be happy to come back, even though it’s a very hard race. That’s our sport and that’s why we love it.”

A worthy Vuelta a España winner – Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)

Final overall Vuelta’19 winner, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “It’s a great feeling to win this race, and to be accompanied by another Slovenian is even better. It’s really nice for our cycling. I just tried to finish today again. We’re writing a bit of history. I’ll only know once I finish my career [if it’s the beginning before more successes]. But to win one Grand Tour is already a nice achievement.”

Stage flash

Vuelta a España Stage 21 Result:
1. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 2:48:20
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC
4. Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
7. Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Clément Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Dion Smith (NZ) Mitchelton-Scott
11. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
12. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
13. Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana
14. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
15. Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
16. Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida
17. Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
18. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
19. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
20. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar
21. Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar
22. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana
23. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar
24. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
25. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana.

Vuelta a España Final Overall Result:
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 83:07:31
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 2:16
3. Tadej Pogačar (slo) UAE Team Emirates at 2:38
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 3:29
5. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 4:31
6. Rafał Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 7:16
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 9:47
8. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal at 12:54
9. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 22:10
10. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 22:17
11. James Knox (GB) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 22:52
12. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida at 23:49
13. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 26:32
14. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education First at 32:17
15. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida at 33:23
16. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 42:00
17. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 42:05
18. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 46:07
19. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 52:46
20. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Ineos at 1:04:04
21. Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 1:11:42
22. Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 1:13:14
23. Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana at 1:16:52
24. François Bidard (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:25:44
25. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data at 1:25:53.

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