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Profile stage 21 of 2021 Vuelta a España

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final stage of the 2021 Vuelta a España.

Just 33.8 kilometres left to race in this year's Vuelta as the riders tackle a hilly course in Santiago de Compostela.

Here's a look at the map of today's stage.

It's a technical route with two long and gradual climbs on the way to the line.

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Josef Cerny will be the first man down the start ramp at 17:02 local time. He'll be followed by teammate and green jersey wearer Fabio Jakobsen. 

Race leader Primož Roglič out on the course during his recon.

The biggest story from the Vuelta a España in the past day has been Miguel Angel López's unexpected abandon midway through stage 20.

Clément Champoussin won yesterday's stage after a frantic finale in Mos.

The final stage of the Benelux Tour and opener at the Tour of Britain are both drawing to a close very soon, so keep an eye out for our stage reports coming soon.

Just under half an hour until the start of the stage...

Jakobsen survives final Vuelta a España mountain test with teammates by his side

Green jersey Jakobsen warms up...

The opening stage of the Tour of Britain has just finished.

There won't be much to really battle over today apart from the stage victory. 

The final stage of the Benelux Tour has just ended on the Muur van Geraardsbergen. Find out who won the stage and the overall here

Meanwhile the stage is underway and the first few riders are out on course, including Jakobsen.

There are two checkpoints on today's course – one coming towards the top of the first climb after 13km, and the second 10.8km later with 9km left to run.

Zdenek Stybar and Alberto Dainese are among the latest riders to have started their efforts.

Cerny goes through the first check with a time of 19:36.

Quinn Simmons and Florian Sénéchal among the latest riders to set off.

The first five men have passed through the first checkpoint. Nobody within two minutes of Cerny yet. He's a good time triallist – a three-time Czech national champion – so his time may stay up there for some time.

Scott Thwaites goes second-quickest at the checkpoint, 1:22 down.

Cerny passes the 24.8km checkpoint in exactly 30 minutes, an average of 49.6kph.

Tom Scully, who finished fourth in the opening time trial, goes through the first checkpoint 46 seconds slower than Cerny.

Mauri Vansevenant and Arnaud Démare are among the next group of riders to set off.

13 riders have gone through the second checkpoint now. Cerny stands alone 2:13 up on anybody else. 

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Chad Haga 18 seconds behind Cerny at the first checkpoint. The Czech rider has finished his Vuelta with a time of 45:18.

Slovenian TT champion Jan Tratnik is out on course. He should be up for a good time today.

Fabio Jakobsen crosses the finish line with a celebration. The green jersey is his as he finishes 7:14 down on Cerny.

Scully at 1:01 at the second checkpoint, Haga at 22 seconds.

Triple stage winner Magnus Cort starts his ride.

Scully second at 1:18 at the finish.

Nobody out there is threatening Cerny's time at the moment.

Here's what Jakobsen said after finishing his ride...

Nelson Oliveira sets off. He should put up a good time today.

Nico Denz goes second at the finish, 1:02 down on Cerny.

Haga finishes 27 seconds, new second place.

Lawson Craddock and Tom Pidcock among the latest riders to leave the start.

Here's what Cerny said after finishing his ride...

And here's a shot of Jakobsen celebrating finishing the Vuelta.

Cort has gone quickest at the first checkpoint! He's 27 seconds up on Cerny there.

Cort is 28 seconds up at the second checkpoint.

Former red jersey Rein Taaramäe has started his effort.

Fabio Aru starts his time trial, the final 33.8km of his pro career.

Nelson Oliveira 1:12 down at the first checkpoint.

Cort has gone quickest at the finish! 1:02 up on Cerny.

Joe Dombrowski and Ryan Gibbons among the latest riders to start their final stage.

A shot of Cort during his ride.

Thymen Arensman has had a good ride to the second checkpoint. He's third at 38 seconds down.

Egan Bernal starts his warmup outside the Ineos Grenadiers bus.

Nelson Oliveira just eighth at the finish, 2:59 down.

Here's what Cort said after the stage...

Wout Poels, Romain Bardet and Rafal Majka among the lastest men down the start ramp.

Arensman is second at the finish, 38 seconds down on Cort.

Nobody out there troubling the top of the checkpoint standings at the moment.

UAE's Jan Polanc goes fifth at the second checkpoint, though 1:20 down.

Ion Izagirre fourth at the first checkpoint, 39 seconds down on Cort.

Taaramäe is 12th at the line, 3:01 down.

DSM and EF dominate the standings so far, with three riders apiece in the top seven at the finish.

Vuelta stage winners Clement Champoussin and Damiano Caruso among the latest riders to set off.

Fabio Aru finishes his ride, 4:01 down on Cort. The Italian's time as a pro cyclist is over.

Aru celebrates with various Qhubeka NextHash staff members on the podium at the finish.

Odd Christian Eiking is out on course now. Just the top 10 on GC left to start – all at two-minute intervals.

Roglič warms up in his red jersey on his gold TT bike.

It's hard to imagine many riders threatening Cort's time now. We might have to wait for Roglič if there's to be a new leader at the top of the standings.

De la Cruz and Guillaume Martin the latest riders to start.

Caruso is 1:01 down at the first checkpoint in eighth.

Kuss and Bernal set off.

Mäder and Yates set off now. Just three men to go...

A reminder that Großschartner is defending a 16-second lead ahead of Eiking, Martin is defending an eight-second lead ahead of De la Cruz, and Haig – who just set off – is defending a one-minute lead ahead of Yates.

A shot of Fabio Aru following his ride.

Mas is off and now we wait for Roglič to start his ride.

Ion Izagirre slots in fifth at the finish, 1:52 down, as Roglič sets off.

Großschartner fifth at the first checkpoint, 37 seconds down. Kruijswijk has gone third, 27 seconds down.

De la Cruz goes fifth at the first checkpoint at 33 seconds.

Guillaume Martin is 1:58 down there, so he's losing eighth on GC to De la Cruz.

Kruijswijk fourth at the second check, 39 seconds down on Cort there.

Kuss is 1:58 down at the first checkpoint.  Bernal 50 seconds down at the check and Mäder at 1:10.

Yates is 43 seconds down on Cort at the first checkpoint. Reminder that he needs a minute on Haig to grab third overall.

Haig passes through the checkpoint at 1:08 down on Cort.

Enric Mas 49 seconds at the chackpoint.

And Roglič is flying. He passes through shortly after Mas and sets the fastest time at the first checkpoint.

Bernal 58 seconds down at the second checkpoint. De la Cruz at 1:05, Großschartner at 56 seconds. Kuss at 2:49 and Martin at 2:43.

A look at Roglič out on course. He's favourite to overhaul Cort and win the stage at the moment.

Kruijswijk fifth at the finish, 1:38 down on Cort.

Yates 1:30 down at the second checkpoint. Haig passes through at 1:44 down. He's gaining on the Briton and it looks like he should be safe in third overall now.

Großschartner edges out Kruijswijk at the line by fractions of a second to take fifth.

Roglič through the second checkpoint at 29:15. That's 15 seconds up on Cort.

De la Cruz goes eighth at the finish, two minutes down.

Roglič almost took the wrong turn on a corner there but kept upright and was quickly back up to speed. That will cost a couple of seconds, though.

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Guillaume Martin crosses the finish line 4:02 down on Cort.

1:35 down at the finish for Bernal. A good ride to go fifth.

Mäder, Yates, Haig, Mas, and Roglič left to finish.

4:59 down for Sepp Kuss, who was passed by Bernal out on course.

Mäder finishes 3:05 down in the white jersey.

Yates the next to come to the line. Then it's just the podium men left.

Yates finishes his Vuelta with a ride 3:04 down on Cort at the finish.

Haig has not only defended third place from Yates, he's taken more time on the Briton. He finishes 2:38 down in 15th place.

Roglič catches Mas on the final ramp to the line!

He's riding to another stage victory here.

Primož Roglič wins stage 21 and the Vuelta a España!

Mas finished 2:04 down, good for ninth place on the stage.

Roglič celebrates with his teammates on the main stage in Santiago de Compostela and raises his bike above his head.

Roglič wins the Vuelta by 4:42 from Mas as Haig takes third at 7:39.

Roglič and his team celebrate.

Our brief report on stage 21 is up now. Check it out here

Here's what Roglič had to say after the stage, where he talked about his sprint to the line, the stage itself, and equalling previous three-time winners Alberto Contador and Tony Rominger.

It's his third Vuelta a España victory (in a row, too), meaning he has one more win to go to equal Roberto Heras.

A shot of Roglič just after finishing his winning ride.

Here's what Jack Haig had to say after securing third overall today.