Vuelta stage 21: Malori beats the rain, Contador takes third Vuelta title

A heavy rainstorm ensured that Adriano Malori‘s time held throughout the 9.7km time trial ‘epilogue’ for the Movistarlet to take the final stage of the 2014 Vuelta. The top three rode cautiously, giving us an unchanged final podium of Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde.

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Giant sprint in Vuelta stage 5

We picked out Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb in both our Riders to Watch and our Vuelta preview podcast as a real contender for the sprints and we were right! Just to prove our point (and celebrate the greatness that is Degenkolb), here is the finale of Vuelta’s stage 5 with his winning sprint.

(Pressed for time? Fast forward to 9.00 for the last 1.5km – they’re going like bats out of …)