Primoz Rogic (Jumbo Visma) won the final stage of Vuelta a Espana 2021 and sealed the deal on his overall victory. Magnus Cort of EF Nippo set the benchmark on the time trial but could only look on from the hot seat as the Slovenian proved again that he’s the fastest man at the race. Elsewhere, very little changed as the race came to a drama-free conclusion.
From fairly ho-hum to one of the most bonkers endings ever (on so many levels), Stage 20 of Vuelta a Espana 2021 gave fans a grand tour stage that will stick in our memories for a good long time. We had *the* most magnificent stage steal ever with Ag2r’s Clement Champoussin, some significant changes in the GC top 10 setting up an ITT battle for a final podium step, some inspiring teamwork from Cofidis and Deceuninck-QuickStep, and one of the most bizarre abandons we never saw by Miguel Angel Lopez. Through all this, Primoz Roglic, cool as a cucumber, made more time on his rivals and will be wearing the red skinsuit in tomorrow’s final stage.
Today was the day where, if he hadn’t already at this Vuelta a Espana, Magnus Cort Nielsen cemented himself as KING Cort in the hearts and minds of viewers and pundits. On the undulating roads of Stage 19, the EF rider stormed to a Vuelta stage-victory hat-trick by assuredly out-sprinting his breakaway companions in the city of Monforte de Lemos. Just behind, the peloton, who had been brutally attempting to chase down the group out front for much of the stage, reached the finish line only a slender 18 seconds after the stage victor. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), Michael Storer (DSM) and Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) finished safely in the main bunch, while Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) rolled in latterly among the grupetto, meaning no change to the jerseys as we head into the final weekend. Continue reading