Vuelta 2019 Favourites stage 21: Madrilenean sprint fiesta
Sprinters who are still in the mix in Madrid have every reason to celebrate. Surviving countless vertical metres, they buckled up to persevere until the bitter end. The reward? A last chance to storm to glory. (Slideshow route/profile)
The Vuelta a España concludes with a flat stage of 106 kilometres to Madrid. The race predominantly takes place in the city centre as the route takes in ten 5.8 kilometres laps near El Retiro Park. So that’s rather similar to the Tour de France’s parade stage on the Champs-Élysées.
Recent winners in Madrid are Elia Viviani (2018), Matteo Trentin (2017), Magnus Cort (2016), John Degenkolb (2015, 2012), Michael Matthews (2013) and Peter Sagan (2011).
Sam Bennett is on stellar form. Ahead of La Vuelta, he crushed the opposition with three stage wins at the BinckBank Tour out of four chances. In Spain he continued with a clear victory on stage 3, but he lost stage 4 to young Fabio Jakobsen. The Irish Champion bounced back with another clear win in the crash-marked finale of stage 14.
Favourites 21st stage 2019 Vuelta a España
*** Sam Bennett
** Fabio Jakobsen, Fernando Gaviria
* Edward Theuns, Marc Sarreau, Max Walscheid
Take a look at the route of the 21st stage of La Vuelta.
Vuelta a España 2019 stage 21: profile and finale
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