Moncoutié rides into the sunset

When the peloton entered the Gran Via for the finishing circuit of the Vuelta a España in Madrid, two riders had the honour of riding solo at the front for a little while as a symbol for their farewell: Grischa Niermann and David Moncoutié, who both hung up their wheels at the end of the Spanish Grand Tour. While the 36-year old German had planned his retirement since last December, Moncoutié had started the Vuelta with his future still shrouded in uncertainty. At the age of 37 and after crashing badly and pulling out of the Tour de France on stage 12, the Cofidis rider believed this would be his last race but he had thought that so, so many times before that he kept the possibility of one more contract in mind.

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