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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Fabio Jakobsen wins Stage 21 as Primoz Roglic confirmed as champion

Jack Elton-Walters
15 Sep 2019

Fabio Jakobsen won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana to top off what's been an excellent three weeks for his Deceuninck-QuickStep team

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won Stage 21 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana, pipping a fast finishing Sam Bennet (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stayed upright and with the peloton to be confirmed as the overall champion. As with the Tour de France, the final stage of the Vuelta is now a procession into its home nation's capital.

This essentially means it's irrelevant to the overall General Classification as no one in the top 10 attacks, the stage is left to the sprinters. However, the red jersey must still finish and that's what Roglic did. Job done.

Next to Roglic, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) stood on the second step of the podium and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) was on the third. The third placed rider was also the best young rider of this year's race. Valverde and Pogacar were the oldest and youngest riders, respectively, in the race too.

As a by product of his ride for red, Roglic also finished on top in the points competition and visited the podium to collect green too.

Nine laps for the crowds

Once all the photos, posing and handshakes were done, the speed went up a bit and the riders made their way to the Madrid circuit. Once within the crowds, the riders had nine laps ahead of them which would end with one last stage victor and confirmation of Roglic's overall win.

Someone had to try and get away and that honour fell to Daniel Martinez (Education First) and Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH). Off they went around the circuit, riding well together to hold a futile gap of around 20 seconds. Bonus television time for their sponsors as the locally supplied images spent a lot of time with the lead duo and less with the peloton.

That pair was caught with 7km to go as the sprinters' teams began to up the pace and jostle for position, the peloton strung out in one long line.

Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez and Omar Fraille appeared on the front for a while although it wasn't clear what they were up to as they continued to within the 3km GC marker.

Deceuninck-QuickStep took it up after that, with the pace edging ever upwards, and set up the sprint.