Vuelta a España 2021 sees return of full-length final TT after 20 years

Vuelta a Espana 2021 route
(Image credit: ASO)

A full-length final day time trial for the first time in nearly two decades looks set to shape much of the outcome of the 2021 Vuelta a España, on a course also featuring a notably easier first half than 2020 and a much harder final week.

The Vuelta last had a final individual time trial in 2014 also finishing, like in 2021, in Santiago de Compostela, the same northwestern city that was the Vuelta's endpoint seven years ago when the race last finished outside Madrid. However, it was only 9.7 kilometres long, ended up being partially neutralised because of wet weather on an overly dangerous finish, and had no major effect whatsoever on the GC.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.