Sunday September 11th, 2016

Stage 21Las Rozas / Madrid

Start 17h21 (Local time)

Key moments

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) claimed his second Grand Tour title when he won the Vuelta a España on Sunday after a fierce battle with his biggest rival Chris Froome (Sky) as the final stage was won by Denmark's Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Bike Exchange). His fellow Colombian Esteban Chaves rounded off the podium after overtaking Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), the race's most aggressive rider, in Saturday's final mountain stage. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) won the polka dot jersey for the...

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Las Rozas - Madrid

End of the race with a circuit-style stage through the streets of Madrid. The 20 days of hard work and suffering will be rewarded by this final Madrid stage that will bring the Vuelta a España's 71st edition to an end. It will be a good day for sprinters, one that pays tribute to the peloton after completing three intense weeks of racing.

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Newsflashes (Local time)

20:29Quintana wins the 2016 Vuelta a España

Final general classification:

1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

2. Chris Froome (Team Sky), +1'23

3. Esteban Chaves (Orica - BikeExchange), +4'08

20:26Top 5

Results at Madrid:

1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica - BikeExchange)

2. Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff)

3. Gianni Meersman (Etixx - Quick Step)

4. Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data)

5. Nikias Arndt (Giant - Alpecin)

20:23Cort Nielsen wins the final stage

Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica - BikeExchange) dominates the sprint in Madrid!

20:21Last kilometre

Giant - Alpecin leads the peloton.

20:193 km to go

The peloton is blazing to the sprint.

20:17End of the break

Loïc Chetout (Cofidis) is the last rider to be caught with 5 km to go.

20:16The final lap

The gap is down to 5 seconds for this 5.8-km ultimate loop.

20:14Kennaugh is caught

Quentin Jauregui (AG2R - La Mondiale) and Loïc Chetout (Cofidis) keep going at the front of the race, with a lead of 8 seconds 8 km away from the finish.

20:09The last 12 km

The peloton is only 13 seconds behind the attackers wth 2 laps to go. Koen Bouwman (Lotto NL Jumbo) has given up.

20:04Contador is back

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) gets back to the peloton with 16 km to go. The gap with the break is down to 15".

20:02Michaelsen: "We will work for Bennati"

Lars Michaelsen (Tinkoff team director): "Today we will work for Daniele Bennati who got good results in this Vuelta without any help. He won't have a train because with Jesus Hernandez, Rovny and Trofimov that would not be efficient but we will try to bring him where he needs to be so he can ride a great sprint."

20:00Mechanical problem for Contador

Two teammates help Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) to get back in the peloton.

19:59The peloton gets closer

Sprinters teams work well together and the gap is down to 38" with 4 laps to go.

19:51Van Genechten: "I'm confident"

Jonas van Genechten (IAM Cycling): "I have suffered during the whole Vuelta to get to Madrid so I will do my best to ride a good sprint and why not win the stage. In the last week of the Vuelta, freshness is paramount especially this year with those very hard stages in the previous days. I have been feeling a bit better the last few days so I am confident."

19:485 laps to go

The attackers maintain a 1' lead with 29 km to go.

19:45Etixx at the front of the peloton

Two of Gianni Meersman's teammates pull the peloton with 32 km to go. The gap is at 1'04.

19:41Devenyns crashes

Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling) changes his bike after crashing.

19:37Bora works too

Bora-Argon18 commits a rider at the front of the peloton. Last gap: 1'13 with 39 km to go.

19:33Giant and Orica set the pace

Giant - Alpecin and Orica - BikeExchange lead the chase 1 minute behind the leaders.

Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin): "I have finished third in Peniscola, second in Gandia, so if things are logical I will win today. I remember that we have already won in Madrid with John Degenkolb, so this is an inspiration."

19:27Bouwman joins the leaders

Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky), Koen Bouwman (Lotto NL Jumbo), Quentin Jauregui (AG2R - La Mondiale) and Loïc Chetout (Cofidis) are 53" ahead of the peloton with 8 laps to go.

19:24Van Slycke: "Today's sprint will be cleaner"

Rick van Slycke (directeur sportif Etixx-Quick Step): "Of course we will try to win the stage with Gianni Meersman. In the last two previous sprints he did not have luck, once he was disrupted by Valverde and the other time in Gandia he lost the wheel of his team mate Yves Lampaert but today the sprint will be cleaner because the GC teams will not be mixing with us. We will try to win a fifth stage but our Vuelta is already a great success. We are used to winning stages and putting a rider...

19:22Intermediate sprint

Results at Madrid:

1. Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)

2. Quentin Jauregui (AG2R - La Mondiale)

3. Loïc Chetout (Cofidis)

19:203 leaders

Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky), Quentin Jauregui (AG2R - La Mondiale) and Loïc Chetout (Cofidis) enjoy a 16" lead over the peloton with 9 laps to go. Koen Bouwman (Lotto NL Jumbo) chases them.

19:15First attack

Christian Knees (Team Sky) is the first rider to try to break away from the peloton.

19:14On the finish line

The peloton crosses the finish line for the first time today.

19:05The race is in Madrid

Movistar still sets an easy pace at the front of the bunch 54 km away from the finish line.

18:59Piva: "Samuel Sanchez will be on the podium"

Samuel Sanchez (BMC) is back to celebrate with his team after crashing out of the Vuelta on stage 19.

Valerio Piva (BMC team director): "After out catatrophic time trial, we had a good day yesterday. Darwin Atapuma was close to winning the stage and thanks to him we retained our first place in the teams classification that we will receive tonight in Madrid in presence of Samuel Sanchez, who will be on the podium with his team mates. Today the whole team will work for Jempy Drucker....

18:52Felline to defend the Green jersey

Fabio Felline (Trek - Segafredo) claimed the leadership of the points classification yesterday with a 3rd place at the Alto de Aitana. With 100 points, he is 3 units ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and 7 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Dirk De Mol (Trek - Segafredo team director): "On Saturday morning we were looking to work for Keil Reijnen for the sprint. He finished sixth in Gandia after working for Fabio Felline all day and he won a stage at the Tour of Utah by beating...

18:44Weltz: "Talansky can build on his result"

Johnny Weltz (Cannondale-Drapac team director): "It's been a solid ride yesterday and we can only be happy with our overall result in the Vuelta. Andrew Talansky (5th) managed to get his best result in a Grand Tour and that's definitely something to build on. Davide Formolo (9th) was here to help Andrew but he also had to do his own thing and he did that very well. Today I'd like Moreno Moser to go for the stage win because it's not a typical sprint."

18:35On the way to Madrid

The peloton is riding at an easy pace with 73 km to go. The riders will enter Madrid at km 46. Then, they will head to the Plaza de Cibeles and enter the final circuit for eight loops of 5.8 km.

18:26Bricaud : "Elissonde pays dearly for his mistake"

Thierry Bricaud (FDJ team director): "We're disappointed for the polka dot jersey, Kenny Elissonde pays dearly for his mistake but he did the exact opposite of what we asked him. He just had to follow Fraile in the first climb and he woud actually have won it by one point. Today we will try to finish on a high with Lorrenzo Manzin who has recovered from his stomach bug. He is motivated and he knows the slitghly uphill section at the end suits him."

18:22The Polka Dots for Fraile, again

Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) is poised to win the KOM classification for the second year in a row.

Jean-Pierre Heynderickx (Dimension Data team director): "Our priority this weekend was to win the polka dot jersey and it was a great fight between Omar Fraile and Kenny Elissonde. Our goal at the start was to win a stage but we have yet to achieve this. Our man for the Madrid sprint is Kristian Sbaragli but he is not as confident as he was last year when he won a stage."

18:13Stephens: "We're obviously happy"

An impressive ride yesterday granted Esteban Chaves (Orica - BikeExchange) his first podium on the Vuelta a España.

Neil Stephens (Orica-Bike Exchange team director): "We're obviously happy with the result, it would not have happened without a dedicated, united team. Today our first goal remains to get our leaders safe to Madrid but when we're there we'll work for Magnus Cort Nielsen, although we could also play the Jens Keukeleire card as he also won a stage in this Vuelta."

18:08Champagne for Quintana

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and his teammates enjoy a glass of champagne at the back of the peloton.

18:00Movistar celebrates

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and his seven teammates parade at the front of the bunch, with 93 km to go. They lost Jose Joaquin Rojas in a heavy crash yesterday.

17:53Cioni: "Second place is something we would have signed for at the start"

Dario Cioni (Sky team director): "Even if we did not win we can be happy with our Vuelta. We got second place in GC and three stage wins including the team time trial, which is always nice to win. To be honest second place is something we would have signed for at the start of the race. Today is a sprint stage so we'll just keep safe and quiet. Of course Chris wants to come back to the Vuelta, he's said time and again that he likes the race, and the crowd are more and more supportive of him....

17:44Celebration time

The peloton takes it easy in the first kilometres of this final stage. After three weeks of intense efforts, Madrid is finally in sight and we can see lots of smiles and cheerings in the peloton. Many riders come to salute Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

17:36Colombian triumph

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is almost certain to win his first Vuelta a España after resisting to Chris Froome (Team Sky)'s attacks yesterday in the Alto de Aitana. "It's a great feeling", the Colombian rider said yesterday. "The victory at Lagos de Covadonga gave me the confidence I needed. I wanted to forget about the Tour."

Another Colombian rider will climb on the podium in Madrid, with Esteban Chaves (Orica - BikeExchange) taking the third spot after a great ride yesterday. The...

17:27It is on!

The peloton has reached km 0 of this final stage. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and the wearers of distinctive jerseys parade at the front of the peloton.

17:21Neutral start

The peloton is on the way to the proper start from Las Rozas.

17:14Welcome

The final stage of the 2016 Vuelta a España will lead the riders from Las Rozas to Madrid (104.1km), with a finish on the iconic Plaza de Cibeles.

The neutral start is set at 17:18, the proper one at 17:22.

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