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VUELTA’21 Stage 9: Caruso Crushes the Velefique!

Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) showed the peloton a clean pair of heels to solo to victory on the twisting climb of the Alto de Velefique. Behind the Italian, Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) consolidated his overall lead attacking with Movistar's Enric Mas on the final climb.

VUELTA’21 Stage 8: Jakobsen Jumps in La Manga!

Second sprint win for Deceuninck - Quick-Step's Fabio Jakobsen, just ahead of Alberto Dainese and Jasper Philipsen. At the end of scrappy sprint, Jakobsen was positioned perfectly by Florian Sénéchal to launch his final burst over the line for stage win and the points jersey. Primoz Roglič finished in the bunch to hold his overall lead.

VUELTA’21 Stage 7: Storer Storms the Balcón!

A fast start to the day didn't settle down until Alejandro Valverde spectacularly crashed out, but by that time the race was split to ribbons. Michael Storer and Carlos Verona fought for the victory on the Balcón de Alicante with the Australian taking the win. Primoz Roglič saved his overall lead by 8 seconds from Felix Großschartner.

VUELTA’21 Stage 6: Cort Crushes Cullera & Roglič in Red!

Many thought stage 6 would be dull, but the final 20 kilometres on narrow roads through the rice fields was classic stuff, and this was before the sharp climb to the finish line. On the tough final kilometres, Magnus Cort Nielsen managed to hold off Primoz Roglič by a bike length for the stage win. Roglič is back in the overall lead.

VUELTA’21 Stage 5: Philipsen Swoop & Taaramäe Crash!

Another crazy sprint finish went to Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) ahead of Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and Alberto Dainese (DSM). Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) lost his red jersey to Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) due to a crash with 9 kilometres to go.

VUELTA’21 Stage 3: Taaramäe Thunders Into Red!

Stage 3 had a nail-biting finish, would the break go all the way to the finish or would the peloton pull them back on the climb to the summit of the Picón Blanco. In the end it was Rein Taaramäe who held out for the stage win and gave his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team the overall lead.

VUELTA’21 Stage 2: Philipsen Just Pips Jakobsen!

As expected, stage 2 came down to a bunch sprint. The Deceuninck - Quick-Step hit the front to pilot Fabio Jakobsen to the line, but it was Alpecin-Fenix's Jasper Philipsen who pushed his bike across the line just ahead of Jakobsen and Michael Matthews of BikeExchange. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) held the overall lead.