Final round up of the spicy Vuelta… it was emotional.
Stage 16: Circuito de Navarra to Logroño, ITT, 40.2k
Chris Froome (Sky) zoomed to stage win number two and extended his advantage over his rivals for the red.
Stage 17: Villadiego to Los Machucos, 180.5km
A dream ending for Aqua Blue Sport as Stefan Denifl solos to his first Grand Tour victory on the team’s Grand Tour debut. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) attacks on the mist shrouded Los Machucos. Chris Froome wobbles but retains the lead.
Stage 18: Suances to Santo Toribio de Liébana, 169km
One for the break and Lotto Soudal claim their third stage win of the Vuelta with a super solo effort by Sander Armee.
Stage 19: Caso. Parque Natural de Redes to Gijon, 149.7km
A day for the breakaway, a day Lotto Soudal took their fourth Vuelta victory and who was on the top step of the podium? None other than the breakaway king himself Thomas de Gendt. Chamomile tea for Panache please.
Stage 20: Corvera de Asturias to Alto de L’Angliru, 117.5km
On a day full of bittersweet anticipation and gut-wrenching action Alberto Contador danced to victory one last time and Chris Froome sealed his longed for Vuelta title. I defy anyone not to be moved.
Stage 21: Arroyomolinos to Madrid, 117.6km
Quick Step Floor’s Matteo Trentin and Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle High5) are the fastest in the Madrid. Chris Froome sprints for green and steps up to the podium to claim his first Vuelta victory. Alberto Contador takes his final farewell con amor.
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