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VUELTA’22 Last Stage 21: Remco Evenepoel King of the Vuelta!

Vuelta Stage Report: Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel had no issues within the last stage 21 of the Vuelta a España to take his Vuelta crown in Madrid. The dash for the stage win was a bit messy, however ultimately Juan Sebastián Molano beat factors chief Mads Pedersen and his UAE Group Emirates teammate Pascal Ackermann.

The final kilometre of the 2022 Vuelta a España

Juan Sebastian Molano couldn’t consider he received the ultimate stage of the Vuelta

Remco Evenepoel has made historical past by successful the 2022 Vuelta a España. The 22-year-old Belgian of Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl obtained the general winner’s trophy in Madrid. The ultimate stage was surprisingly received by Juan Sebastián Molano of UAE Group Emirates.

The final stage of their final Grand Tour – Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali

Race director, Fernando Escartín: “La Vuelta returns to Madrid. A well known route by means of the capital’s primary arteries, loved by the peloton like a prize in itself. It’s a day for smiles and celebrations. Sports activities-wise, a dash to the finish-line is predicted, the place the winner of La Vuelta 22 will likely be topped.”

Stage 21 profile

Earlier than the beginning in Las Rozas, there was a tribute to Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali, who’re each retiring after this season. The Spaniard and the Italian had been honoured earlier than the beginning of their last stage in a Grand Tour. Then it was time for the well-known last occasion stage.

A statue created from recycled glass of retiring Alejandro Valverde was offered on the stage begin in Las Rozas

Crimson bike for Remco

From the beginning of the stage there was chatting, laughing and images to be taken. Rohan Dennis jokingly went on the assault, however he shortly dropped again into the bunch. Remco Evenepoel additionally tried to ‘escape’ however he was taken again by inexperienced jersey Mads Pedersen.

A inexperienced bike for Mads Pedersen

The leaders line up for the ultimate stage

When coming into Madrid, Alejandro Valverde had his personal lap of honour, however after that the race was on and there was quick assaults. On the solely intermediate dash, Carlos Rodriguez hoped to make up for his 1 second hole on Thymen Arensman, however that didn’t work as he misplaced the wheels of his teammates. Enric Mas surprisingly received the dash and moved as much as third place within the factors classification, which was good for 20 a lot wanted UCI factors.

Remco Evenepoel and the Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl staff

Extra images for the jerseys

Shortly after the intermediate dash, Julius Johansen (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Luke Plapp (INEOS Grenadiers) broke away from the peloton. The quick riders from Denmark and Australia had a great 15 to 25 seconds on the chasers. The sprinter groups made positive that the distinction didn’t turn out to be too huge, however they needed to work laborious.

The stage ultimately obtained below method

Madrid within the distance

Initially of the ultimate lap of 5.8 kilometres Johansen and Plapp had 10 seconds. It regarded like they had been about to be caught 3 kilometres from the end line, however they accelerated repeatedly on every of the ‘U’ turns and compelled the sprinter’s groups to the restrict. Within the last kilometre they had been pulled in.

Valverde was the primary onto the circuit

Evenepoel stored out of bother

UAE Group Emirates had one of the best lead-out prepare in that final kilometre and that appeared to be for his or her man, Pascal Ackermann, however surprisingly it was Juan Sebastián Molano who completed off the dash from the entrance. He beat Mads Pedersen and teammate Ackermann. Mike Teunissen and Danny van Poppel completed fourth and fifth.

The race was on

Evenepoel passing the Madrid city corridor

Little modified on the final classification. Remco Evenepoel crossed the end line within the peloton and went on the rostrum as the ultimate winner of the Normal Classification and the Greatest Younger Rider. He was flanked on the rostrum by Spaniards Enric Mas and Juan Ayuso.

Might it’s one other stage win for the inexperienced jersey Pads Pedersen?

The velocity lifted because the stage went on

Mads Pedersen was positive of the factors classification and Richard Carapaz received the KOM. Essentially the most combative rider was Marc Soler.

Stage win for Molano and UAE

Stage winner, Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Group Emirates): “The reality is I’m nonetheless processing it. I knew I needed to do a great job for Ackie [Pascal Ackermann], I had excellent legs at present and so did he. In the long run, I launched with 300m to go, like I often do in a lead-out. The staff did an ideal job. I regarded on the left and I noticed Pedersen coming, and I by no means considered stopping. I’m very comfortable and grateful to the staff. I need to dedicate this victory to my mom, I really like her a lot, my brothers, all my household. I’m very moved. You may’t think about such happiness. I consider every little thing I’ve carried out to get there, all of the efforts we do fort his as athletes, cyclists, human beings, once we go away our households at dwelling to go far-off. I’m very comfortable and grateful.”

Evenepoel crosses the road in Madrid

Last total winner and Greatest Younger Rider, Remco Evenepoel (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl): “Now it actually sinks in, it’s actually official. Already yesterday the feelings had been fairly excessive. We had been really there however we nonetheless needed to end the race secure and in a great way. I feel we did excellent. We loved as a lot as doable and now we are able to actually take pleasure in. I didn’t have a lot time to suppose in Madrid as a result of there it was a extremely technical course. It was getting extra nervous each lap. I’m comfortable we survived right here. It’s historical past for staff, for my nation, for myself. I feel we may be actually pleased with what we did the final three weeks.”

The 2022 Vuelta a España last podium

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Vuelta a España Stage 21 End result:
1. Juan Sebastián Molano (Col) UAE Group Emirates in 2:26:36
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Group Emirates
4. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe
6. Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
7. Fred Wright (GB) Bahrain-Victorious
8. Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Alpecin-Deceuninck
9. Ben Turner (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
10. Cedric Beullens (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Vuelta a España Last General End result:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl in 80:26:59
2. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:02
3. Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Group Emirates at 4:57
4. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana Qazaqstan at 5:56
5. João Almeida (Por) UAE Group Emirates at 7:24
6. Thymen Arensman (Ned) DSM at 7:45
7. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:57
8. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 10:30
9. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Training-EasyPost at 11:04
10. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 12:01.

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