What can you say about Remco Evenepoel that hasn't already been said? The young Belgian was in the break, attacked at his favourite distance from home for a solo win. Behind; the bunch caught what was left of the break for Christophe Laporte and Michael Matthews to take second and third.
At the end of an exciting finalé it was the season's big winner Annemiek van Vleuten, riding with a fractured elbow, who attacked in the last kilometre and none of the chasing group could bring her back before the finish line. Lotte Kopecky was second, Silvia Persico third.
Belgium's Remco Evenepoel had no problems in the final stage 21 of the Vuelta a España to take his Vuelta crown in Madrid. The sprint for the stage win was a bit messy, but in the end Juan Sebastián Molano beat points leader Mads Pedersen and his UAE Team Emirates teammate Pascal Ackermann.
Barring a bizarre accident or a last minute covid positive, Remco Evenepoel has won his first grand Tour. On the last mountain stage before the sprint into Madrid on Sunday, KOM Richard Carapaz won the stage on the Puerto de Cotos and Remco Evenepoel finished in the chase group to protect his overall lead.
Stage 19 was a circuit race starting and finishing in Talavera de la Reina with two climbs of the Puerto del Piélago. Trek-Segafredo said they wanted the win for Mads Pedersen and that's how the day worked out. Remco Evenepoel kept his red jersey without any problems.
On the medium mountain stage 18 to the Alto del Piornal, the overall leader of the 2022 Vuelta a España, Remco Evenepoel, smashed the opposition to take the honours of the day and add a few more seconds to his lead. Enric Mas was second and Robert Gesink had the win ripped from his hands in the final kilometre.
Stage 17 ended in a real battle for the stage win. Rigoberto Urán came across the line first, but only after continual attacks for the riders in the break of the day. Behind; Remco Evenepoel kept his closest rival, Enric Mas, close for no change on the overall standings.
Stage 16 was always going to be a sprinter's stage. That was the plan until Primoz Roglič attacked on a small climb in the last 3 kilometres as Remco Evenepoel punctured. The green jersey of Mads Pedersen crossed the line first as Roglič hit the deck. Problems for the top two on GC.
Young Dutchman, Thymen Arensman took his biggest win on the monster climb of the Sierra Nevada. Behind; the GC men all attacked the red jersey of Remco Evenepoel, but the Belgian weathered the storm to only lost a few seconds going into the last rest day of this Vuelta a España.