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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 16 of the Vuelta a España.

A look at the map for today's stage, which is largely flat for most of the day as the riders wind inland in Andalucía towards Tomares.

Maps and profiles of the 2022 Vuelta a Espana stages

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So far two more riders have left the race ahead of today's stage.

Lotto Soudal's Maxim Van Gils tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, while EF Education-EasyPost have just announced that Esteban Chaves is a DNS without stating a reason.

A reminder of the stage 15 results and the GC picture heading into today's stage.

Remco Evenepoel remains in the red jersey with a strong lead over Primož Roglič. The GC battle is unlikely to ignite on the closing hills of today's stage.

Evenepoel said yesterday that he's recovering from his crash injuries, though warned that 'danger lurks around every corner' in the final week

Belgian Remco Evenepoel of QuickStep Alpha Vinyl is exhausted after stage 15 of the 2022 edition of the Vuelta a Espana Tour of Spain cycling race from Martos to Sierra Nevada 153 km Spain Sunday 04 September 2022 BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS Photo by DAVID PINTENS BELGA MAG Belga via AFP Photo by DAVID PINTENSBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

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On Sunday, Evenepoel shed 15 seconds to Roglič, having lost 48 seconds the previous day. Up the road, meanwhile, Thymen Arensman was on the way to a breakaway stage victory.

Catch up with what went down on stage 15 here

SIERRA NEVADAGRANADA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 04 A general view of Ben Alexander Oconnor of Australia and AG2R Citren Team Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey Miguel ngel Lpez Moreno of Colombia and Team Astana Qazaqstan and Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma compete in the chase group during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 15 a 1526km stage from Martos to Sierra Nevada Granada 2507m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 04 2022 in Sierra Nevada Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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20 minutes to go until the riders roll out to start today's stage.

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Belgian Remco Evenepoel of QuickStep Alpha Vinyl crosses the finish line of stage 15 of the 2022 edition of the Vuelta a Espana Tour of Spain cycling race from Martos to Sierra Nevada 153 km Spain Sunday 04 September 2022 BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS Photo by DAVID PINTENS BELGA MAG Belga via AFP Photo by DAVID PINTENSBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

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A look at today's final. A couple of small hills that shouldn't put off the versatile fastmen like Pedersen, Coquard, Wright and Ackermann who contested the finish on stage 13.

There's another larger hill at 10km to go which might provide a springboard for a late attack or one last jump from the breakaway, too.

Vuelta a España 2022 stage 16 profile

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SIERRA DE LA PANDERA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 03 Juan Ayuso Pesquera of Spain and UAE Team Emirates White Best Young Rider Jersey competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 14 a 1603km stage from Montoro to Sierra de La Pandera 1815m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 03 2022 in Sierra de La Pandera Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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The peloton has rolled to begin the neutral zone now. 15 minutes of that before the flag drops.

189km to go

The flag drops and stage 16 is underway!

Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH) y Luis Angel Maté (Euskaltel-Euskadi) are on the attack early on.

It looks like the peloton is letting this two-man breakaway go straight away.

180km to go

Yep, the pair have three minutes and counting. That was a thrilling start to the stage!

Trek-Segafredo control the peloton on behalf of green jersey Mads Pedersen.

We have four hours of this to go... No climbs on today's stage to liven things up.

The gap is now up to 3:45 as Maté and Okamika press on.

174km to go

Cofidis are also working at the front of the bunch along with Trek-Segafredo. The French team will be working for Bryan Coquard today.

An early mechanical problem for Mads Pedersen, who is back in the peloton in no time.

168km to go

Just under four minutes for the break now.

162km to go

A look at the breakaway riders, who now have 3:35 on the peloton.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 LR Ander Okamika Bengoetxea of Spain and Team Burgos BH and Luis ngel Mat Mardones of Spain and Team Euskaltel Euskadi compete in the breakaway during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Today's stage is the first one in the break for 38-year-old Maté.

He's racing to plant trees in a natural park in Andalucía, with every kilometre he puts in the break equalling one tree planted. Vuelta organisers and his Euskaltel-Euskadi team are also backing the initiative.

Read the full story here in our interview with Maté at the recent Arctic Race of Norway.

Luis Angel Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi trees Vuelta a Espana 2022 breakaways

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148km to go

Maté and Okamika have 3:25 now.

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TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 LR Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma and Christopher Froome of United Kingdom and Team Israel Premier Tech compete during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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137km to go

Trek-Segafredo and Cofidis still control the peloton. The breakaway continues at 3:30.

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The other half of the breakaway, Ander Okamika, has been out front three times already in this Vuelta, on stages 3, 4, and 13.

A look at the peloton during today's pretty quiet stage.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 A general view of the peloton competing during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Evenepoel leading in battle against Roglic, Mas, Rodríguez, Ayuso, Almeida, López

Feeding time for the riders.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Detail view of a Team BikeExchange Jayco soigneur during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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120km to go

Still the breakaway rides along 3:25 up on the peloton.

This is what green jersey wearer and stage 13 winner Mads Pedersen had to say about today's stage...

"I think they did the finale in 2017 or 2018, so of course we watched the last kilometres. It's a tricky finale with a good kick in there, so hopefully it suits me well.

"As I said before, you can't sit back and just enjoy, you have to get as many points as possible [for the green jersey]. Everyday we keep fighting to get more and more points, and then hopefully I can still have it on Sunday in Madrid."

SIERRA DE LA PANDERA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 03 Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Team Trek Segafredo Green Points Jersey competes in the breakaway during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 14 a 1603km stage from Montoro to Sierra de La Pandera 1815m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 03 2022 in Sierra de La Pandera Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Average speed of 37.6kph so far.

105km to go

The riders are about 10 minutes slower than the slowest predicted schedule so far...

A look at Cofidis in charge at the head of the peloton today.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Bryan Coquard of France and Team Cofidis competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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The gap from break to peloton is still around 3:30 as the riders head into the final 100km of the stage.

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MONTILLA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 02 Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Team Astana Qazaqstan competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 13 a 1684km stage from Ronda to Montilla 315m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 02 2022 in Montilla Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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90km to go

The gap heads under three minutes for the first time as the peloton up the pace a little.

80km to go

Another few seconds off the gap as it goes down to 2:20.

Here's another photo because nothing is going on in the race...

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 A general view of the peloton competing during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Okamika and Maté still working well together at the front.

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68km to go

Just over two minutes for the two leaders now.

Maté has spent almost 120km in the break today, so 120 trees planted.

It's still Cofidis, Trek-Segafredo, and Movistar up at the front of the peloton.

60km to go

Two minutes for the break. The peloton won't be looking to make the catch for a while yet though.

Race leader Remco Evenepoel safe in the peloton so far.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey competes during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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52km to go

The gap is still stable. Nothing changing at the moment.

The peloton is lined out at the moment, though the pace isn't super high.

All flat roads at the moment until the riders reach the hills inside the final 15km.

The two breakaway men race on during another hot day out at the Vuelta.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Silhouette of Ander Okamika Bengoetxea of Spain and Team Burgos BH and Luis ngel Mat Mardones of Spain and Team Euskaltel Euskadi competing in the breakaway during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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40km to go

1:50 for the two leaders.

The last time the Vuelta visited Tomares brought this exact same finish in 2017 with Matteo Trentin taking the victory ahead of Gianni Moscon and Søren Kragh Andersen. You can read the stage report of that day here

Matteo Trentin won by a clear margin

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32km to go

Trek-Segafredo and Cofidis continue to lead the peloton...

The gap between the two breakaway men and the peloton is down to a minute now.

It's all about waiting for the catch now as the break approaches the intermediate sprint.

Maté and Okamika go head-to-head at the sprint point.

28km to go

Maté takes it while Trek-Segafredo lead out Pedersen to grab a few extra points back in the peloton.

Pedersen took 15 points there. He's has a huge lead of the points competition.

20km to go

The peloton has closed to within 40 seconds now.

It's still the same mix of teams leading the way at the moment.

16km to go

17 seconds now.

14km to go

Only a few seconds left now. It's almost over for Okamika and Maté.

And they're caught. No late attacks to try and secure the combativity prize.

BikeExchange-Jayco join the teams at the front of the peloton.

Around 176 trees planted thanks to Maté's time in the break today.

13km to go

Ibai Azurmendi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) goes on the attack.

The riders are on the unclassified climb before the final run-in. Azurmendi continues to push on.

Azurmendi is brought back before the top of the hill.

11km to go

QuickStep-AlphaVinyl also up there at the head of the peloton. Alpecin-Deceuninck are there too.

A fast pace now as the peloton heads down and towards the final two small hills at the finish.

8km to go

Ineos Grenadiers have moved up front.

A puncture for Kaden Groves at a terrible time for the BikeExchange-Jayco sprinter.

6km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe join the fray at the front of the peloton.

Now Jumbo-Visma move up, too.

Not the widest roads here so not a lot of space up front as the riders head into the town.

Jumbo, Ineos, Trek, Arkéa all represented up front.

4km to go

Alpecin-Deceuninck also up there for Merlier. UAE there for Ackermann as well. All lined out at the front.

3km to go

Uphill now and a high speed at the front.

Coquard, Pedersen, Wright, Ackermann – all the major favourites are up towards the front.

Jumbo-Visma push on! Primož Roglič at 2.7km to go!

Roglič with an ambush move! Ackermann chases him.

There's a gap between the two and Pedersen behind. Remco Evenepoel has a puncture!

This is brutal for Evenepoel...

The Belgian has stopped at the side of the road for help.

Roglič has four men with him.

Evenepoel will get the same time as the peloton given the 3km rule here.

1km to go

Roglič has Pedersen, Ackermann, Wright, and Van Poppel with him.

A five-man group to fight for victory on the last uphill run.

Roglič leads it into the final 500 metres.

Pedersen in second wheel.

Ackermann, Van Poppel, Wright behind.

Pedersen blasts past Roglič on the closing straight!

And Roglič crashes in the sprint! Wow.

A very hectic finish.

Pedersen takes the win!

Pedersen celebrates with his teammates.

The peloton didn't finish much further behind the lead group. Both Evenepoel and Roglič will get the time of the group they were with.

Roglič went down hard on his left-hand side and has cuts to his arm and blood over his leg.

Evenepoel rolls in at over three minutes down but he'll get the same time as the group which finished at just eight seconds down on the leaders.

So after all that, Roglič will have gained eight seconds on Evenepoel.

The helicopter view showed Roglič moving out the way as Pedersen went through. He swung back in and collided with Wright at the rear of the lead group.

Mads Pedersen celebrates his stage win.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Team Trek Segafredo Green Points Jersey celebrates at finish line as stage winner ahead of Pascal Ackermann of Germany and UAE Team Emirates and Danny Van Poppel of Netherlands and Team Bora Hansgrohe during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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

"A puncture on my rear wheel. I wasn't in the best position because we did a recon of the final yesterday, and we felt the roads were slippery. I was scared in the last 5km so I lost some positions and I wanted to move up on a steep bump, but my rear wheel just went off, so I felt I had a flat tyre. I'm happy that the 3km rule exists otherwise I would've lost a lot of time today. I heard that Primož crashed so I really hope that he's OK and that he can continue the race.

"We all know that Primož is really explosive and that a final like this is made for him. That makes it even more a pity for him that he crashed. You never want somebody to crash so I hope he's OK.

"I felt recovered. I really needed the rest day, I think. Because of my crash I had some soreness in my muscles, so the rest day was really welcome. I felt much better today than I did on Saturday and even on Sunday, so it looks pretty good for the rest of the week."

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey dropped from the peloton after a mechanical problem in the final kilometres during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Roglič finishing the stage following his crash.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 LR Primoz Roglic of Slovenia injured after being involved in a crash in the final sprint and Mike Teunissen of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma cross the finish line during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Here's what stage winner Pedersen had to say after the finish...

"Everyone was working really hard today and I promised Kirsch to win today. He had a daughter yesterday and he wasn't there for the birth so the whole team worked really hard to give this second present in a few days. This win is for Alex and his wife and new kid.

"It was a really smart move [from Roglič]. Everyone was really on the limit. Ackermann was straight in his wheel, a really good job. I had to use a lot of energy to close it. It was a really good move.

"I didn't hear it. I wanted to go to him here and I saw he was with destroyed clothing. It's a pity that he crashed. He hasn't been lucky this year. I hope it isn't too bad so he can continue competing for the victory of the Vuelta."

Despite some confusion after the stage, Evenepoel will continue in red tonight, having lost eight seconds to Roglič.

A great shot of that final sprint, with Roglič on the tarmac in the background.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic of JumboVisma and Danish Mads Pedersen of TrekSegafredo sprint to the finish of stage 16 of the 2022 edition of the Vuelta a Espana Tour of Spain cycling race from Sanlucar de Barrameda to Tomares 1894 km Spain Tuesday 06 September 2022 BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS Photo by DAVID PINTENS BELGA MAG Belga via AFP Photo by DAVID PINTENSBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

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Take a look back at that final kilometre here.

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The current GC standings in the 2022 Vuelta a España after stage 16

Evenepoel stays in the red jersey despite mechanical controversy and Roglič's final attack

Evenepoel in red tonight. His race lead over Roglič is down to 1:26 now.

Belgian Remco Evenepoel of QuickStep Alpha Viny celebrates on the podium in the red jersey for leader in the overall ranking after stage 16 of the 2022 edition of the Vuelta a Espana Tour of Spain cycling race from Sanlucar de Barrameda to Tomares 1894 km Spain Tuesday 06 September 2022 BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS Photo by DAVID PINTENS BELGA MAG Belga via AFP Photo by DAVID PINTENSBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

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Stage winner Pedersen remains in green. He has a 220-point lead over second-placed Fred Wright.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Team Trek Segafredo Green Points Jersey celebrates at podium during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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With no climbs on today's stage, Jay Vine is still in the polka dot mountain jersey. His 59 points put him 29 clear of Richard Carapaz.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Jay Vine of Australia and Team AlpecinDeceuninck Polka Dot Mountain Jersey celebrates at podium during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Finally, Evenepoel remains in white, 4:49 up on Juan Ayuso.

TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl celebrates at podium as White Best Young Rider Jersey winner during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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TOMARES SPAIN SEPTEMBER 06 Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Red Leader Jersey dropped from the peloton after a mechanical problem in the final kilometres during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 16 a 1894km stage from Sanlcar de Barrameda to Tomares LaVuelta22 WorldTour on September 06 2022 in Tomares Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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