As the Vuelta a Espana headed into its third and final week, Stage 16 was seen as one of the final opportunities for the sprinters and their teams. With Alpecin’s Jasper Philipsen leaving the race last week, the out-and-out favourite for today’s stage was current green jersey wearer, Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). However, with over 1,200 metres of climbing and some wind in play on parts of the route, other teams (well, UAE Team Emirates) put Jakobsen and The Wolfpack to the test. A ferociously fast stage did see Jakobsen distanced at one point, however some solid teamwork saw the man in green make it back to the bunch way before the finale, where, as predicted, he blew his competition away to take a powerful victory. Jordi Meeus (Bora-hansgrohe) and Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) rounded out the podium, with Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarche-Wanty) remaining in red for another day. Continue reading
The second week of Vuelta a Espana 2021 and we’ve had some great stage finishes, a thrilled red jersey and lots of emotion. We’ve also had a lot of racing elsewhere, which included a flaming car on the course! They’ll try anything to stop Remco Evenepoel …
Kathi, Midge, Luke, Issie and Euan gather round the table at VeloVoices Towers to chew over the second week of the Vuelta and get excited about some racing on the way.
- The stages that had EVERYTHING
- The stages that had NOTHING
- Love for Team DSM
- Question marks for Team Bike Exchange
- Recycled trophies and jerseys, the Vuelta goes green
Plus, if you weren’t excited about the Benelux Tour you will be after Midge previews it! Meanwhile in the UK, there’s a very real possibility of restraining orders as we hunt down the Tour of Britain.