On stage 19 the break of the day went all the way to the finish, but it was close. Of the seven riders from the escape, Magnus Cort Neilsen was the fastest out-sprinting Rui Oliveira (UAE-Team Emirates) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo). Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished with the peloton to keep the red jersey.
The blue Movistar jersey of Miguel Ángel López was difficult to recognise as he came through the fog and over the finish line at the summit of the murderous climb of the Altu de El Gamoniteiru. The Colombian had attack the GC group and held off the overall leader, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) by 14 seconds for the stage win.
Legendary is a word too easily used these days, but in years to come, Vuelta'21 stage 17 might be looked back on as 'legendary'. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) started the move of the day, but it was Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) who finished it off at the Lagos de Covadonga. Stage and overall lead for the Slovenian.
Stage 16 was a tricky stage for Deceuninck - Quick-Step to control, but in control they were. Their fast-finisher Fabio Jakobsen was even dropped at one point, but they got him back to the front to take the victory. Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) held the overall lead.
UAE Team Emirates, Rafal Majka, took the win in El Barraco four years after his last Vuelta win in Sierra de la Pandera. The Polish rider went on a long range solo effort on both occasions. Odd Christian Eiking's Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team worked hard to keep him in the overall lead going into the last rest day.
Stage 14 was a day of two battles with the break fighting for the stage win and the GC men punching it out in the peloton. Star of the day was Romain Bardet who won the stage and took the KOM jersey. Miguel Angel López tried to mix things up, but Jumbo-Visma were in control and Odd Christian Eiking held the overall lead.
As expected, stage 13 finishing in Villanueva de la Serena came down to a bunch sprint. Deceuninck - Quick-Step had a perfect lead-out train, but they lost the green jersey of Fabio Jakobsen in the last kilometre. That didn't matter as Florian Sénéchal did the business for the Wolf Pack. There was no change on the overall.
A day of breaks and counter-attacks ended in a group sprint from what was left of the race. It was EF Education-Nippo's hero of stage 11, Magnus Cort Nielsen who out-sprinted Andrea Bagioli and Michael Matthews. Odd Christian Eiking held he overall lead.
Primoz Roglič won an up-hill battle with Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López for the Jumbo-Visma rider to take the stage win from the Movistar men. Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) finished 10th and held the red jersey.