Sunday September 10th, 2017

Stage 21Arroyomolinos / Madrid

Start 17h00 (Local time)

Key moments

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) once again displayed his raw power on the final stage of La Vuelta 2017, dominating the ultimate bunch gallop to claim a fourth stage win. The Italian sprinter was faster than Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) in the streets of Madrid. 11th of the stage, Chris Froome (Team Sky) is the first British winner of La Vuelta and the third rider to win the Spanish Grand Tour and the Tour de France in the same year after Jacques Anquetil...

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Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): “It's not easy to bring the victory back home in each Grand Tour. But I think we've worked really well to deliver a great result. Second behind Chris Froome is a big result. He was the man to beat. Chris and his team have done a great job. We've fought till the end. We've looked for the occasions to get the win but it hasn't been simple. Honour to Froome for having won the Tour and La Vuelta. With podiums at the Giro and La Vuelta it makes for a positive...

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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), best young rider: “I'm very happy. Furthermore after giving so much during La Vuelta. Above all, thanks to my team, we always depend on them in case of a mechanical or a crash. We won the team classification and three stages, so it's a very positive balance. I've always dreamed of being the best young rider of a Grand Tour and fortunately La Vuelta has created the red bib this year. I hope there will be a jersey next year, it's even more of a motivation.”

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall winner: “It's just incredible. Today in the finale I figured this would probably be the only time in my life to try and win the points classification in a Grand Tour. We gave it everything and managed to get a few points… I obviously couldn't be happier with the result. It was a competition to be won and that's it. I'm still coming to terms with everything. It's been such an incredible journey… Just the fact that nobody's ever won the Tour and then La...

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interview10.09.2017

Contador: “It's a dream”

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “I don't have words to explain the feeling I had in that moment. To cross the finish alone in front of my home public… Usually I train in the traffic, I don't have the road for me. And there after 15 very very hard years of fighting, today is a special day. It's a dream. I don't know a goodbye better than this. Now is the moment to stop. When I started as a professional, I said I wanted to finish at the top level. And I think that now is the perfect...

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Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), winner of the KOM classification: “It means a lot to me. It's a huge emotion to bring the jersey to Madrid. I had it from Andorra (stage 3) until the last day. I want to thank my team for all the support they gave me to make this possible. I'm happy. My next big goal will be the Giro di Lombardia, a race that means something special to me. I hope to be among the best there and then I'll think about the future.”

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Matteo Trentin (Quick Step), stage winner: “The whole team worked incredible the whole day. I think it could be seen in the television. The job started from when we entered the circuit to the finish and we could gain another victory. (Chris) Froome told me he wanted to defend the green jersey. It's a pity (not to get the green jersey) after four victories. I won two bunch sprints and two hard days and I can be happy with it”

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Newsflashes (Local time)

20:32Froome also wins the points classification

Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished 11th of stage 21 and wins the points classification with a lead of 2 points over Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors).

20:29Froome wins La Vuelta 2017

General classification after stage 21:

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky)

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), +2'15"

3. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), +2'51"

4. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb), +3'15"

5. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), +3'18"

20:26Top 5

Results at Madrid:

1. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors)

2. Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ)

3. Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)

4. Tom Van Asbroeck (Cannondale-Drapac)

5. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida)

20:24Trentin wins the final stage!

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) dominates the sprint ahead of Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) and Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) to claim his fourth stage win at La Vuelta 2017!

20:23Last kilometre!

Quick-Step Floors are trying to set the sprint for Matteo Trentin.

20:21The last 3km

Many teams are fighting for the front position ahead of the final gallop...

20:17Final lap, the break is caught

The two attackers are swallowed as the bunch crosses the finish line. 5.6km to go!

20:142 riders at the front

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) maintain a slight lead while Nicholas Schultz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) is swallowed by the bunch with 8km to go.

20:102 laps

With 11.6km to go, the gap is down to 11".

20:033 laps to go

The gap on the line: 15".

20:0120km to go

The leading group maintains a 15" gap over the bunch.

19:574 laps to go

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Nicholas Schultz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) are only 12" ahead of the bunch. LottoNL-Jumbo also work at the front of the peloton.

19:51Aqua Blue pull with Quick-Step

Adam Blythe's Aqua Blue Sport are pulling the peloton with Quick-Step Floors behind the three attackers. Here's what the British sprinter had to say this morning: “I don't know how I feel, we will see. It doesn't seem possible in this race to save energy. We will try for the sprint, of course.”

19:47Three attackers

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Nicholas Schultz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) are 9" ahead of the bunch with 30km to go.

19:45Trentin wins the intermediate sprint

Results at Madrid:

1. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), 4 pts

2. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), 2 pts

3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), 1 pt

Chris Froome went for the sprint but couldn't hold off Trentin. If Trentin wins the stage, Froome needs to finish in the top 12 to claim the points classification.

19:367 laps to go

Quick-Step Floors lead the bunch. The intermediate sprint is set at the end of the next lap.

19:33The battle is on

Two riders from Team Sky accelerate as soon as the bunch crosses the finish line for the first time. Matteo Trentin's Quick-Step Floors take the lead of the peloton.

19:26Contador 1st at Madrid

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is travelling slightly ahead of the peloton to receive the tribute of the fans as the race enters Madrid.

19:212nd hour

The bunch has averaged 32.2km/h on the way to Madrid.

19:19Cort Nielsen ready for the double

Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) wants to repeat the success he achieved last year on stage 21 of La Vuelta 2016: “For sure, I have a really good experience from last year. Of course, the team will do anything at the front for myself to get the stage today.”

19:1210km to Madrid

The bunch is getting closer to the final circuit, where the battle for a prestigious stage win in front of Plaza Cibeles will really begin.

19:03Bardet: “A very very beautiful experience”

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), set to finish 17th overall, enjoyed his first participation on the Spanish Grand Tour: “It was a really beautiful La Vuelta. We received lots of support along the roads, the Spanish public is made of true fans and they gave me lots of strength with a beautiful moment of cycling yesterday up the Angliru. It was a very very beautiful experience.”

18:56Sky lead the bunch

The tempo is a bit higher 20km away from Madrid.

18:48Hansen: “A very special circuit, with a nice atmosphere”

Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) was participating in his 19th Grand Tour in a row. He gave his impressions to lavuelta.com ahead of stage 21: “I'm tired at the moment so I'm really happy that I'm making it to Madrid today. It's a very special circuit. It's difficult, with a nice atmosphere. I think it's a great finish. And for us riders, after La Vuelta being so difficult this year, everyone is happy to make it. It's been a great Grand Tour for...

18:32Heading to Madrid

Within 15km, the race will enter Madrid. La Vuelta 2017 finishes with a traditional finish at Madrid in front of the iconic Plaza Cibeles. This is the 48th time the Spanish event finish at Madrid. Last year, Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) dominated the sprint ahead of Daniele Bennati and Gianni Meersman.

18:21Spain finally found an opening

93 riders from 24 countries made it in the top 10 of at least one stage at La Vuelta 2017. 58% of Spanish participants (18/31) achieved at least a top 10 spots in the first 20 stages. 59% of Belgian riders at La Vuelta (10/17) did so, with three different stage winners (Yves Lampaert, Sander Armée and Thomas De Gendt).

Only four participants were enough for Poland to claim three stage victories (the country only had one in the previous 71 editions of La Vuelta) while Netherlands...

18:12A successful La Vuelta for Belgian teams

After three weeks of racing and before the final gallop at Madrid, here are the stats of La Vuelta 2017 by teams:

VICTORY

1. Quick-Step Floors: 5

2. Lotto Soudal: 4

3. Astana: 3

4. Team Sky: 2

5. Aqua Blue Sport, Bahrain-Merida, BMC Racing Team, Bora-Hansgrohe, Trek-Segafredo, UAE Team Emirates: 1

11. AG2R-La Mondiale, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Cannondale-Drapac, Cofidis, Dimension Data, FDJ, Katusha-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo, Manzana Postobon,...

18:00100km to go

The peloton is still taking it easy on the way to Madrid.

17:56Champagne for Contador

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates his last day of racing with a glass of champagne. Here's what he had to say ahead of the stage: “It couldn't have been a better farewell. I can only thank everyone for the happiness they gave me throughout La Vuelta and all these years. It's been a very special race for me. I only want to enjoy today and thank everyone. If cycling means something, it's thanks to the fans.”

17:52Trentin: "We'll try until the end"

Matteo Trentin (Quick Step) spoke with Eurosport about his shot at winning the points classification: “It's difficult, because the only way to win the points classification is to win the stage and also the intermediate sprint. We'll see if we can do it, but we'll try until the end. I think I'm finishing pretty well compared to other Grand Tours. To win the points classification is still possible and if it's possible we have to try.”

17:43Trentin, Froome's last challenger

Chris Froome (Team Sky) is also about to win the combined classification. The KOM classification is for Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) while Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) is set to be the best young rider of La Vuelta 2017. Froome also leads the points classification with a margin of 25 points over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and 26 points over Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors). The Italian sprinter can still claim the Green jersey if he wins stage 21 and scores at least one point...

17:35Froome, like Anquetil and Hinault

Chris Froome (Team Sky) is set to become the first British overall winner of La Vuelta, only a month and a half after winning his 4th Tour de France. He is the third rider to win the Tour de France and La Vuelta in the same year after Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978), the first one since La Vuelta is set at the end of the summer, beginning less than four weeks after the end of the Tour.

The last riders to have won two Grand Tours in the same season are...

17:26Team Sky celebrate

Chris Froome enjoys a beer with his Sky's teammates. After three weeks of battle, Madrid is on sight.

17:22It is on!

The peloton is taking it easy in the first part of stage 21. It's time to celebrate the end of three hard weeks of racing.

16:58Eiking doesn't start

158 riders tackle the last stage of La Vuelta 2017 as Odd Christian Eiking (FDJ) is out of the race.

16:54The bunch is on the way

The riders are on their way to km 0.

16:45Welcome

Welcome to the official live of stage 21 of La Vuelta 2017, the last stretch to Madrid. The neutral start from Arroyomolinos is set at 16:48, the proper at 17:00. It will take the riders 70km to make it to the Spanish capital where they'll face a 5.6km loop. They'll cross the finish line nine times.

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