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.
As we enter the last week of the 2021 Vuelta a España, it's, as they say, 'all to play for'. Primoz Roglič is waiting in the wings, but anything could happen. Spencer Martin gives us his 'Breakdown' and 'Ten Takeaways' for the final climax.
The 2021 Vuelta a España has been hard so far, but the final week is murderous. Stage 17 on Wednesday has a massive kick in the gut on the climb to Lagos de Covadonga. PEZ got up close and personal with the sleeping giant on a quiet day ahead of the race in 2010. Here's a preview of what's to come.
Aug 30, 2021: The Vuelta a España finishes week two and we have all the news. Plus the Deutschland Tour, Simac Tour, Bretagne Classic, Brussels Classic and the Druivenkoers. Sagan and Terpstra - TOP STORY. Teams and riders for the Benelux Tour and the CERATIZIT Challenge. New contract for Pieter Serry and Jumbo-Visma make €20,000 for Charity.
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.