Danny van Poppel fifth in Madrid, Jai Hindley finishes the Vuelta in tenth overall
The concluding stage of the Vuelta was flat and only 96.7 km in length, with a final circuit in Madrid. The general classification had already been decided after yesterday's stage, but the fast men who still had good legs after three long weeks in the saddle, had the opportunity to fight for the stage win today. The sprinter teams controlled the race all day and in the end it came to the expected mass sprint, which S. Molano decided in his favor. After preparatory work by his teammates, who tried to put him in a good position on the finishing stretch, the Dutchman was not able to outsprint his rivals and ultimately had to settle for 5th place.
The team from Raubling concludes the Vuelta with two stage wins from Sam Bennett, who unfortunately left the race before the 10th stage due to Covid. Danny van Poppel netted a second and third place and Wilco Kelderman a second place, while Jai Hindley finished tenth overall.
Result: Stage 21
01 S. Molano 2:26:36
02 M. Pedersen +0:00
03 P. Ackermann +0:00
05 D. van Poppel +0:00
01 R. Evenepoel 80:26:59
02 E. Mas + 2:02
03 J. Ayuso +4:57
10 J. Hindley +12:01
From the Finish Line
"I think we can be pleased with our performance at this Vuelta. We had two stage wins with Sam, and almost every day we raced competitively for good results. We also took a few podium places and consistently tried to mix things up on the stages. In terms of the general classification, I think it wasn't my very best race. However, I'm still happy to take a top 10 finish overall. It's honestly been pretty tough to ride for GC at two Grand Tours in one season. However, in the team there was always a good atmosphere, and the guys worked well together in pursuit of our goals, and I actually enjoyed the past three weeks of racing." - Jai Hindley
"We had big ambitions on the sprint stages and with two wins from Sam we also fulfilled these goals. But unfortunately he had to leave the race, and so when that happened, I received the chance on the remaining sprint stages. I was close a couple of times, but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough for a win. Nevertheless, I think I can be satisfied with my performance." - Danny van Poppel
"The opening of the Vuelta went very well for us, with Sam's two stage wins and a week in the green jersey until he had to pull out of the race due to Covid. On the whole, we were really at the front of the action almost every stage. We rode actively and we took good results. Wilco and Danny each netted a second place and Danny also took a third place. We were always trying in one way or another to shape the race. Jai rode a very strong Vuelta and the team performed well in all areas - both on the sprint stages with Sam, Danny, Ryan and Jonas, and on the mountain stages with Jai, Wilco, Sergio and Fabbro and also in breakaways where we were also represented. Jai's 10th place overall is a solid performance, especially after the three hard weeks of racing." - Jens Zemke, Bernhard Eisel & Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, Sports Directors