Roglic seals Vuelta triumph as Jakobsen claims final stage


Primoz Roglic avoided any final day mishap on the Vuelta a Espana’s ceremonial ride into Madrid on Sunday to become the first Slovenian to win one of cycling’s three Grand Tours.

The former ski jump champion had assured victory on Saturday, only having to complete the 21st stage for the biggest success of his career.

Alejandro Valverde was second overall with Roglic’s compatriot Tadej Pogacar in third.

The three-week race concluded in a sprint on the streets of the Spanish capital won by Fabio Jakobsen.

Roglic had lined up as one of the favourites to succeed absent defending champion Simon Yates and he did not disappoint.

A member of Slovenia’s 2007 junior world ski jump champion team had seized control of the overall standings by pulverising his rivals on the individual time-trial in stage 10.

Surrounded by a powerful Jumbo-Visma team, Roglic then systematically demoralised pretenders on the mountains, proving unshakeable in the mountains stages.

While Roglic was the overall winner, his 20-year-old compatriot Pogacar not only climbed the podium but also secured the white jersey as best under-25’s rider.

The UAE Emirates Team rider was the breakout star of this year’s Vuelta, and deprived Miguel Angel Lopez, one of the great animators of this tour, of the white jersey.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 21 results (Fuenlabrada – Madrid):

1Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


2Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)


3Szymon Sajnok (CCC)


4Ion Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


6Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)


7Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)


8Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)


9Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)


10Dion Smith (Mitchelton-Scott)


11Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


12John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)


13Omar Fraile (Astana)


14Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)


15Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)


16Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain-Merida)


17Cyril Barthe (Euskadi-Murias)


18Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)


19Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


20José Rojas (Movistar)



Vuelta a Espana 2019 – final general classification:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


4Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


5Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


6Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


8Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


9Marc Soler (Movistar)


10Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


11James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


12Dylan Teuns (Bahrian-Merida)


13Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


14Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


15Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


16Ion Izagirre (Astana)


17Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


18Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


19Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


20Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)



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