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VUELTA’22 Remaining Stage 21: Remco Evenepoel King of the Vuelta!

Vuelta Stage Report: Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel had no issues within the closing stage 21 of the Vuelta a España to take his Vuelta crown in Madrid. The dash for the stage win was a bit messy, however in the long run Juan Sebastián Molano beat factors chief Mads Pedersen and his UAE Crew Emirates teammate Pascal Ackermann.

The final kilometre of the 2022 Vuelta a España

Juan Sebastian Molano couldn’t imagine he gained the ultimate stage of the Vuelta

Remco Evenepoel has made historical past by successful the 2022 Vuelta a España. The 22-year-old Belgian of Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl acquired the general winner’s trophy in Madrid. The ultimate stage was surprisingly gained by Juan Sebastián Molano of UAE Crew Emirates.

The final stage of their final Grand Tour – Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali

Race director, Fernando Escartín: “La Vuelta returns to Madrid. A well known route by means of the capital’s foremost arteries, loved by the peloton like a prize in itself. It’s a day for smiles and celebrations. Sports activities-wise, a dash to the finish-line is predicted, the place the winner of La Vuelta 22 will probably be topped.”

Stage 21 profile

Earlier than the beginning in Las Rozas, there was a tribute to Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali, who’re each retiring after this season. The Spaniard and the Italian have been honoured earlier than the beginning of their closing stage in a Grand Tour. Then it was time for the well-known closing social gathering stage.

A statue created from recycled glass of retiring Alejandro Valverde was offered on the stage begin in Las Rozas

Crimson bike for Remco

From the beginning of the stage there was chatting, laughing and pictures to be taken. Rohan Dennis jokingly went on the assault, however he shortly dropped again into the bunch. Remco Evenepoel additionally tried to ‘escape’ however he was taken again by inexperienced jersey Mads Pedersen.

A inexperienced bike for Mads Pedersen

The leaders line up for the ultimate stage

When coming into Madrid, Alejandro Valverde had his personal lap of honour, however after that the race was on and there was fast assaults. On the solely intermediate dash, Carlos Rodriguez hoped to make up for his 1 second hole on Thymen Arensman, however that didn’t work as he misplaced the wheels of his teammates. Enric Mas surprisingly gained the dash and moved as much as third place within the factors classification, which was good for 20 a lot wanted UCI factors.

Remco Evenepoel and the Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl staff

Extra pictures for the jerseys

Shortly after the intermediate dash, Julius Johansen (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Luke Plapp (INEOS Grenadiers) broke away from the peloton. The quick riders from Denmark and Australia had a superb 15 to 25 seconds on the chasers. The sprinter groups made certain that the distinction didn’t turn out to be too large, however they needed to work arduous.

The stage finally acquired underneath means

Madrid within the distance

At first of the ultimate lap of 5.8 kilometres Johansen and Plapp had 10 seconds. It regarded like they have been about to be caught 3 kilometres from the end line, however they accelerated time and again on every of the ‘U’ turns and compelled the sprinter’s groups to the restrict. Within the closing kilometre they have been pulled in.

Valverde was the primary onto the circuit

Evenepoel stored out of hassle

UAE Crew Emirates had one of the best lead-out prepare in that final kilometre and that appeared to be for his or her man, Pascal Ackermann, however surprisingly it was Juan Sebastián Molano who completed off the dash from the entrance. He beat Mads Pedersen and teammate Ackermann. Mike Teunissen and Danny van Poppel completed fourth and fifth.

The race was on

Evenepoel passing the Madrid city corridor

Little modified on the overall classification. Remco Evenepoel crossed the end line within the peloton and went on the rostrum as the ultimate winner of the Basic Classification and the Finest Younger Rider. He was flanked on the rostrum by Spaniards Enric Mas and Juan Ayuso.

Might it’s one other stage win for the inexperienced jersey Pads Pedersen?

The pace lifted because the stage went on

Mads Pedersen was certain of the factors classification and Richard Carapaz gained the KOM. Essentially the most combative rider was Marc Soler.

Stage win for Molano and UAE

Stage winner, Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Crew Emirates): “The reality is I’m nonetheless processing it. I knew I needed to do a superb job for Ackie [Pascal Ackermann], I had excellent legs immediately and so did he. Ultimately, I launched with 300m to go, like I normally do in a lead-out. The staff did an ideal job. I regarded on the left and I noticed Pedersen coming, and I by no means considered stopping. I’m very pleased and grateful to the staff. I wish to dedicate this victory to my mom, I like her a lot, my brothers, all my household. I’m very moved. You possibly can’t think about such happiness. I consider every thing I’ve executed to get there, all of the efforts we do fort his as athletes, cyclists, human beings, once we depart our households at house to go distant. I’m very pleased and grateful.”

Evenepoel crosses the road in Madrid

Remaining total winner and Finest Younger Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl): “Now it actually sinks in, it’s actually official. Already yesterday the feelings have been fairly excessive. We have been really there however we nonetheless needed to end the race secure and in a great way. I believe we did good. We loved as a lot as potential and now we will actually take pleasure in. I didn’t have a lot time to suppose in Madrid as a result of there it was a extremely technical course. It was getting extra nervous each lap. I’m pleased we survived right here. It’s historical past for staff, for my nation, for myself. I believe we may be actually happy with what we did the final three weeks.”

The 2022 Vuelta a España closing podium

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Vuelta a España Stage 21 Outcome:
1. Juan Sebastián Molano (Col) UAE Crew Emirates in 2:26:36
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Crew Emirates
4. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
7. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain-Victorious
8. Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
9. Ben Turner (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Cedric Beullens (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Vuelta a España Remaining Total Outcome:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl in 80:26:59
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:02
3. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Crew Emirates at 4:57
4. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 5:56
5. João Almeida (Por) UAE Crew Emirates at 7:24
6. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 7:45
7. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:57
8. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 10:30
9. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Training-EasyPost at 11:04
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 12:01.

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