Vuelta preview: Stage 21

It’s a short, sharp, individual time trial to end this year’s Vuelta. After yesterday’s result, it’s too short to make a difference to the top of the GC given the signficant gaps between each of the top five. This is going to be largely ceremonial with the only real prize at stake being the not inconsiderable honour of winning the final stage.

Sunday 14 September: Stage 21, Santiago de Compostela to Santiago de Compostela, 9.7km, individual time trial

Vuelta 2014 Stage 21 profile

Madrid has been the location of the final stage of the Vuelta for the past 21 years but no longer – and it’s not a sprint stage either. Today, the cyclists who have battled until the bitter end have a short 10km individual time trial around the World Heritage city of Santiago de Compostela and then they are done. The podium will be climbed for the last time, the red jersey ‘won’ as opposed to ‘worn’ as it has been up until today and red confetti will fly everywhere.

Link: Official website

Header image: Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela

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