The last Grand Tour of the season is behind us and the excitement was high in Spain even if we all guessed who might win overall. Ed Hood has been keeping his trained eye on the proceedings of the final week. Ed's last rant from la Vuelta a España 2021.
The 2021 Vuelta a España came to a close with a time trial in-front of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and Primoz Roglič made sure of a third Spanish Grand Tour in a row with a stunning time trial performance. Spencer Martin gives us his breakdown and ten Vuelta'21 takeaways.
Sept 6, 2021: The Vuelta, Benelux Tour and the CERATIZIT Challenge, plus Tour of Britain, Besançon Doubs and Tour du Doubs with results and video. No World TT champs for Roglič. Rider news: Valverde and Jungels. Contracts news: Van der Poel, Tulett, Devenyns, Van Dijke and DSM. Deceuninck to Gullegem Koerse.
Primoz Roglič made no mistake about winning his third Vuelta a España. With a strong performance against the clock he concreted his overall win with the stage win. Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Nippo) just missed out on another stage win by 14 seconds.
The final road race stage of the 2021 Vuelta a España split on the tough roads of Galicia. Primoz Roglič and Enric Mas were safe in first and second overall, but Miguel Ángel López and Egan Bernal were the big losers. Jack Haig and Adam Yates moved up. Clément Champoussin won the stage.
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.
Sept 2, 2021: The Vuelta has hit the high mountains and Roglič is in his pomp. All the news from Spain and Benelux. Quintana leaving Arkéa? UCI ranking. Rider news: Van Avermaet, Fuglsang, Evenepoel, Viviani, Dennis and Colombian team for the World Champs. Race news. Contracts. And unusual birthday for Lammertink.
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.