Vuelta a Espana 2021 : Stage 7 – Storer slugs out the stage win; Roglic keeps red

Yesterday’s Stage 6 thrilling finish was hoped to be an amuse bouche for the weekend in the mountains at this year’s Vuelta a Espana. And while today’s six-climb, summit finish stage 7 didn’t have the explosive GC battle that many of us had hoped, it did have surprises, heartbreak, and a lot of slo-mo action on the way to the top of Balcón de Alicante. The end line reads that DSM’s Michael Storer gets a maiden grand tour victory under his belt, while Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed in red. But there was more to it …
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Vuelta a Espana 2021 : Stage 6 – Cort hangs tough for victory as Roglic eases into red

Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) held on from the break-of-the-day to take a breathless victory atop the Alto de la Montaña de Cullera on Stage 6 of this year’s Vuelta a Espana. The Dane, strained every sinew and kept pumping those legs to keep ahead of a fast finishing Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – when I tell you I YELLED! What a finale! Roglic’s imperious, smooth acceleration may not have grabbed the stage win, but it did put him back in red as Trek-Segafredo’s Kenny Elissonde surrendered on the finale. All this AND we finally had our longed for crosswind action. Continue reading

Vuelta a Espana 2020 : Stage 18 – Ackermann aces final stage, Roglic wins overall again

As we wave farewell to professional cycling for another season on the final day of the 2020 Vuelta, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) won the close bunch sprint in Madrid ahead of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Max Kanter (Sunweb). Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) now has consecutive Vuelta titles, with Richard Carapaz (INEOS) and Hugh Carty (EF Cycling) second and third respectively.

Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Travel) won the last stage of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta on the circuit in Madrid ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Sunweb) and Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana). Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit WNT) defended the leader’s red jersey to also take back-to-back titles ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo) and Wiebes.

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