By David Hunter
The end is nigh. After an action packed 3 weeks, we arrive in Madrid.
It’s the standard stage in Madrid, with the big u-turn in the finale. This will be a big sprint, we’ve only had 2 in the whole race. No need to discuss tactics, it’s all about the final 3km.
A beautiful sunny day.
Elia Viviani – the Italian has two stage wins and is the quickest rider in the race. Being led out by Devenyns, Mørkøv and Sabatini means he’ll be put into a brilliant position, but that doesn’t guarantee success. Viviani was beaten in the final stage of the Giro, he’ll be super motivated to take this one.
Peter Sagan – we’re not used to seeing the world champion suffer through a race. Without a stage win, he’ll be hopefully of taking the final stage. Sagan’s lead out isn’t great, but Pöstlberger did a great job the other day, it was a shame that they left it too late. In this finish, Sagan will start his sprint behind Viviani, making it hard to take the win.
Giacomo Nizzolo – fast, but not fast enough.
Danny van Poppel – the Dutch sprinter does have the speed required to win, but he’s been poorly positioned in the last couple of sprints. As I have mentioned before, he produces the same power numbers as Groenewegen, but doesn’t convert this into wins.
Easy win for Viviani.
Thanks again to everyone for reading over the last 3 weeks, the Vuelta really is an amazing race. Vamos!
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