Vuelta 2018 Route stage 21: Alcorcón - Madrid

Vuelta 2018 stage 21Sunday, 16 September 2018 – At 112.3 kilometres, the final stage of the Vuelta a España runs from Alcorcón to Madrid, places that are actually only 13 kilometres apart. The route amounts to more than 100 kilometres because the Spanish Grand Tour traditionally ends on a 5.9 kilometres circuit in the Spanish capital.

Departure place Alcorcón lies to the southwest of Madrid. It is one of many suburbs and, as in most suburbs, is it pretty quiet and eventful. That is, most of the time. The city is home to AD Alcorcón, the local football club that rose to national fame when it defeated international powerhouse Real Madrid 4-0 in the Copa del Rey. Following the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu the club ousted Real Madrid 4–1 on aggregate.

Today Alcorcón and Madrid don’t play against each other, instead the cities are linked in the last stage of La Vuelta. Following a slight detour the riders hit the 5.73 kilometres circuit in the city centre of Madrid. It’s flat and it’s straightforward and it’s raced fifteen times. Last edition, Alberto Contador entered the circuit slightly ahead of the others. El campeón was saluted by cheers and applause from the home crowds and he drank in this goodbye.

It’s a safe bet to expect a bunch sprint in Madrid. Previous winners at this arrival are Matteo Trentin (2017), Magnus Cort Nielsen (2016), John Degenkolb (2015, 2012), Michael Matthews (2013), Peter Sagan (2011), and Tyler Farrar (2010). They all won in the sprint.

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