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Vuelta’17 St21: Froome Winner – Contador Hero!
Final Stage Report: Chris Froome has succeeded in the Tour de France/Vuelta a España double, but for many the 2017 Spanish Grand Tour will be remembered more for the curtain dropping on the career of Alberto Contador. The stage win by Matteo Trentin was just a mere side show.

The 2017 Vuelta podium: Ilnur Zakarin, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali

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 (Sunweb) in the streets of Madrid.

11th on the stage, Chris Froome (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 (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978). He also claims the points classification ahead of Trentin. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) said farewell to his public.

The big good-bye to Alberto

158 riders tackled the last stage of La Vuelta 2017 from Arroyomolinos. The first part of the day was the opportunity for Chris Froome and Team Sky to celebrate the overall win. As a tribute to his career, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was traveling slightly ahead of the bunch as the race entered Madrid in his last day as a professional rider. The battle was on as soon as the bunch crossed the line for the first time, with 45km to go.

Alberto Contador rode solo into Madrid and past the Town Hall

Team Sky were the first in action, trying to take away the points from the intermediate sprint to ensure Chris Froome would also wear the Green Jersey on the final podium, in addition to the Red (overall winner) and the White (combined). The British rider went for the sprint but he couldn't match Matteo Trentin's (Quick-Step Floors) speed.

Chris Froome took three jerseys: Red, Green and White

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Nicholas Schultz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) went on the move with 30km to go and opened a 15 second gap with the bunch led by Quick-Step Floors, Aqua Blue Sport and LottoNL-Jumbo.

Schultz, De Marchi and Costa

Schultz was caught with 8km to go and the last two attackers at the front were swallowed just ahead of the last lap. With a perfect lead-out from Quick-Step Floors, Matteo Trentin easily dominated the sprint. But with Chris Froome taking the 11th place, the Italian sprinter couldn't go past the British overall rider in the points classification.

Matteo Trentin won the stage, but missed out on the Green Jersey by 2 points

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), 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"

A happy Alberto Contador hangs up his wheels

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 moment for this. I can only say: ‘thanks, thanks and thanks' (to the public). I gave the maximum, 100% in the race. In the last 15 years, I did everything with my heart. It's important. Cycling is a sport where the most important is the victory but I also think the spectacle is important. I did everything I could during La Vuelta. And I thank Trek-Segafredo for giving me this opportunity to attack when I want."

Tour and Vuelta double for Chris Froome

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 Vuelta afterwards, it's incredible to be able to do it. And obviously I didn't do it alone. It was thanks to an amazing team behind me, thanks to so much support from everyone, the fans, my family, my friends. It's just been an amazing few months and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to that. I've been fighting for this victory for six years and three years I've been standing on the second step so it's amazing to stand on the first step this time."

Ultimo kilómetro / Last kilometer - Étape 21... por la_vuelta

Adios la Vuelta a España 2017 and Alberto Contador. More from Spain in EUROTRASH Monday.

Vuelta a España Stage 21 Result:
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 3:06:29
2. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ
3. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb
4. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
5. Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
6. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
7. Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis
8. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
9. Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ
11. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
12. Juan José Lobato (Spa) LottoNL-Jumbo
13. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
14. Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC
15. Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
16. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
17. Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC
18. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
19. Sebastián Molano (Col) Manzana Postobon
20. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar
21. Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
22. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
23. Aaron Gate (NZ) Aqua Blue Sport
24. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
25. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:07.

Vuelta a España 2017 Final Overall Result:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 82:30:02
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 2:15
3. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 2:51
4. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 3:15
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 3:18
6. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 6:59
7. Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac at 8:27
8. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 9:13
9. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 11:18
10. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 15:50
11. Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott at 16:46
12. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 17:41
13. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 21:41
14. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC at 22:00
15. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 22:59
16. Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Sky at 28:00
17. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 31:21
18. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar at 42:16
19. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 59:01
20. Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates at 1:02:58
21. Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott at 1:04:48
22. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar at 1:05:02
23. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 1:06:22
24. Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa) Cofidis at 1:13:27
25. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:13:36.


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