Luxembourg's Jempy Drucker claimed the biggest win of his career when he prevailed in Peniscola, outsprinting Germans Rudiger Selig and Nikias Arndt on a searing hot day on the Vuelta. The BMC rider perfectly timed his effort and held off Selig (Bora-Argon18) and Arndt (Giant-Alpecin), who took second and third place respectively. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) retained the overall leader's red jersey ahead of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Esteban Chaves.
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Through dinosaur territory
This stage crosses mainly the Maestrazgo area, made up of Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks (between 205 and 65 million years old). Almost all the rocks featured in this stage were formed in coastal regions. Some were formed under the sea, others come from continental deposits, containing terrestrial animal fossils. Of all the fossils, the most interesting are those of different types of dinosaurs. With the formation of alpine mountain ranges, the rocks were elevated until they formed the Maestrazgo Mountain Ranges and the topography through which this stage passes.
In the first part of the stage we go through Las Saladas, which are a group of endorheic lagoons formed by karst processes. In these lagoons are saline rocks that formed with the evaporation of water.
In the border between Aragon and the Autonomous Community of Valencia, are the Fonts Calentes. As is the case in other thermal areas, rainwater penetrates the earth and, through fractures, travels deep where it is heated up before returning to the surface and forming springs such as these.
In the clay mines of the Municipality of Morella, numerous excavations have been done to search for fossil remains. Remains of an Iguanodon, a dinosaur that lived 120 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, were found.
The stage ends at Peñiscola, a municipality that owes most of its history to its geological site: an impregnable rock that protects the city, provides shelter for boats, rocks for construction and a beach used for fishing in the Middle Ages that receives thousands of tourists every year. This privileged location makes the most of a rock formation from 150 million years ago, whose protection led to the creation of an isthmus (this edition of the Vuelta has taken us to several) and surrounding beaches.
The peninsula is surrounded by cliffs up to 50 metres tall featuring curious phenomena, such as blowholes, that are natural rock tunnels. Mediterranean waters continuously go in and out of it, resulting in thunderous noises.
Dinosaur. Group of reptiles that appeared during the Triassic Period, around 250 million years ago. They were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates from the start of the Jurassic Period (200 million years ago) to the end of the Cretaceous Period (66 million years ago). The majority of dinosaur groups became extinct during the extinction event of the Cretaceous-Palaeogene Period that ended the Mesozoic Era.
Jersey wearers after the stage 21
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