Vuelta 2023 Route stage 21: Hipódromo de la Zarzuela - Madrid
Sunday 17 September - The final stage of the Vuelta a España goes to the well-known finishing circuit in Madrid. Several high speeds laps in the city centre are likely to come down to a bunch sprint. The race is 101.1 kilometres long.
The Paseo del Prado, Paseo de Recoletos, Calle de Alcalá and the Gran Vía feature prominently on the city circuit before the race ends at the Plaza de Cibeles. Each lap is 5.8 kilometres long and as good as flat.
It’s a safe bet that we’ll see another bunch sprint in Madrid. The stage winner succeeds Sebastián Molano (2022), Pascal Ackermann (2020), Fabio Jakobsen (2019), Elia Viviani (2018), Matteo Trentin (2017), Magnus Cort (2016), John Degenkolb (2015, 2012), Michael Matthews (2013), Peter Sagan (2011), and Tyler Farrar (2010). Last year, Molano was somewhat of a surprise winner, as he was supposed to lead-out Ackermann. But the Colombian did such a good job that no one in the field was able to overhaul him, including his leader.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint comes with 6, 4 and 4 seconds.
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