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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 05 LR Robert Gesink of Netherlands Sepp Kuss of United States Primoz Roglic of Slovenia red leader jersey Nathan Van Hooydonck of Belgium Sam Oomen of Netherlands and Koen Bouwman of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma celebrate winning on the podium ceremony while lifting his Cervelo bicycle after the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 21 a 338 km Individual Time Trial stage from Padrn to Santiago de Compostela lavuelta LaVuelta21 ITT on September 05 2021 in Santiago de Compostela Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

Primoz Roglic and Jumbo-Visma celebrate the overall victory at the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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MOS SPAIN SEPTEMBER 04 Clment Champoussin of France and AG2R Citren Team celebrates winning during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 20 a 2022km km stage from Sanxenxo to Mos Alto Castro de Herville 502m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on September 04 2021 in Mos Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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MONFORTE DE LEMOS SPAIN SEPTEMBER 03 Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark and Team EF Education Nippo celebrates winning ahead of Quinn Simmons of United States and Team Trek Segafredo and Andrea Bagioli of Italy and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 19 a 1912 km stage from Tapia to Monforte de Lemos lavuelta LaVuelta21 on September 03 2021 in Monforte de Lemos Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Magnus Cort of EF Education-Nippo wins stage 19 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ALTU DEL GAMONITEIRU SPAIN SEPTEMBER 02 Miguel ngel Lpez Moreno of Colombia and Movistar Team attacks in the breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 18 a 1626km stage from Salas to Altu dEl Gamoniteiru 1770m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on September 02 2021 in Altu dEl Gamoniteiru Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Miguel Ángel López of Movistar Team attacks on final climb to win stage 18 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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LAGOS DE COVADONGA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning the Red Leader Jersey on the podium ceremony after the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 17 a 1855km stage from Unquera to Lagos de Covadonga 1085m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on September 01 2021 in Lagos de Covadonga Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Primož Roglič regains GC lead with stage 17 victory (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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Team Deceunincks Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen C celebrates as he wins the 16th stage of the 2021 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 180 km race from Laredo to Santa Cruz de Bezana on August 31 2021 Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA AFP Photo by MIGUEL RIOPAAFP via Getty Images

Fabio Jakobsen wins stage 16 at the Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates attacks in breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) rides solo for 87km for stage 15 win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Team Sunwebs French rider Romain Bardet celebrates as he wins the 14th stage of the 2021 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 1657 km race from Don Benito to Pico Villuercas close to Navezuelas on August 28 2021 Photo by JORGE GUERRERO AFP Photo by JORGE GUERREROAFP via Getty Images

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VILLANUEVA DE LA SERENA SPAIN AUGUST 27 Florian Senechal of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep celebrates winning during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 13 a 2037km stage from Belmez to Villanueva de la Serena lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 27 2021 in Villanueva de la Serena Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Florian Sénéchal of Deceuninck-QuickStep wins stage 13 on a hot day in Villanueva de la Serena (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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CORDOBA SPAIN AUGUST 26 Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark and Team EF Education Nippo celebrates winning the stage on the podium ceremony after the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 12 a 175 km stage from Jan to Crdoba lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 26 2021 in Cordoba Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Magnus Cort wins second stage of this year's Vuelta, this time a sprint in Córdoba on stage 12 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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VALDEPEAS DE JAN SPAIN AUGUST 25 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 11 a 1336km stage from Antequera to Valdepeas de Jan 1009m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 25 2021 in Valdepeas de Jan Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Primož Roglič of Jumbo-Visma wins stage 11 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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RINCON DE LA VICTORIA SPAIN AUGUST 24 Odd Christian Eiking of Norway and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux celebrates winning the Red Leader Jersey on the podium ceremony after the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 10 a 189km stage from Roquetas de Mar to Rincn de la Victoria lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 24 2021 in Rincon De La Victoria Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Odd Christian Eiking of Intermarch-Wanty-Gobert Matriaux celebrates taking over the Red Leader Jersey after fifth place on stage 10 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Vuelta Espana 2021 - 76th Edition - 9th stage Puerto Lumbreras - Alto de Velefique 188 km - 22/08/2021 - Damiano Caruso (ITA - Bahrain Victorious) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) wins stage 9 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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LA MANGA SPAIN AUGUST 21 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team Deceuninck QuickStep celebrates winning ahead of Alberto Dainese of Italy and Team DSM during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 8 a 1737 km stage from Santa Pola to La Manga del Mar Menor lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 21 2021 in La Manga Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 8 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Team Sunwebs Australian rider Michael Storer celebrates as he wins the 7th stage of the 2021 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 152 km race from Gandia to Balcon de Alicante in Tibi on August 20 2021 Photo by JOSE JORDAN AFP Photo by JOSE JORDANAFP via Getty Images

Michael Storer (Team DSM) wins stage 7 at the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Vuelta Espana 2021 - 76th Edition - 6th stage Requena - Alto de la Montana de Cullera 158,3 km - 19/08/2021 - Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN - EF Education - Nippo) - Primoz Roglic (SLO - Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2021

Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) climbs to stage 6 victory from breakaway (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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ALBACETE SPAIN AUGUST 18 Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix celebrates at podium as stage winner during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 5 a 1844km stage from Tarancn to Albacete lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 18 2021 in Albacete Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Fenix scores second Vuelta victory on stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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MOLINA DE ARAGON SPAIN AUGUST 17 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team Deceuninck QuickStep sprints to win ahead of Arnaud Demare of France and Team Groupama FDJ during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 4 a 1639km stage from El Burgo de Osma to Molina de Aragn 1134m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 17 2021 in Molina de Aragn Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck - QuickStep sprints to win ahead of Arnaud Démare of Groupama - FDJ (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS SPAIN AUGUST 16 Detailed view of Rein Taarame of Estonia and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux celebrates winning and kisses his the red leader jersey on the podium ceremony after the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 3 a 2028km stage from Santo Domingo de Silos to Espinosa de los Monteros Picn Blanco 1485m lavuelta LaVuelta21 CapitalMundialdelCiclismo on August 16 2021 in Espinosa de los Monteros Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Rein Taaramäe of Estonia and Team Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux celebrates winning the red leader jersey as the stage 3 winner (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Vuelta Espana 2021 - 76th Edition - 2nd stage Caleruega - Burgos 166,7 km - 15/08/2021 - Jasper Philipsen (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) - photo Miwa Iijima/CV/BettiniPhoto©2021

Jasper Phiipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) wins stage 2 at the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BURGOS SPAIN AUGUST 14 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates after winning the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 1 a 71km individual time trial from Burgos Catedral de Santa Mara to Burgos lavuelta LaVuelta21 CapitalMundialdelCiclismo catedral2021 on August 14 2021 in Burgos Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) wins the opening stage at the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty Images)

Primoz Roglic wins the 2021 Vuelta a España

Vuelta a España stage 21 - As it happened

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) won his third consecutive overall title at the 2021 Vuelta a España after winning the stage 21 time trial at Santiago de Compostela. He secured the overall title by 4:42 ahead of Enric Mas (Movistar) and 7:40 ahead of Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious).

Roglič, once again, proved his strength in the individual time trial, storming passed his closest rival, Enric Mas (Movistar), who started the event two minutes ahead. Roglič even went as far as to sprint passed Mas on the final up hill toward the finish line to take the stage win and to seal his overall victory at the Vuelta a España.

The stage 21 time trial was 33.8km and although it was fairly straight forward it was not completely void of challenges. There was a gradual climb during the first half that peaked at around the 15km mark. The route then headed downhill with some winding and technical sections followed by an undulating profile to the finish line at Santiago de Compostela.

Roglič covered the course in a winning time of 44:02 to beat runner-up Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) by 14 seconds and third placed Thymen Arensman (Team DSM) by 52 seconds.

The special honours went to Roglič as the winner of the overall classification. The Slovenian opened his account at the three-week race by winning the stage 1 time trial to take the first leader's jersey in Burgos.

He lost the race lead after stage 3 to Rein Taaramae (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) in Picón Blanco, and the jersey then moved onto the shoulders of Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) at the end of stage 5 in Albacete.

Roglič took the red jersey back after finishing second on stage 6 on Alto de la Montaña de Cullera and held it through the next three mountain stages. 

He then crashed on the final descent of stage 10 and the red jersey went to Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) in Rincón de la Victoria, who would keep the jersey for the next week of racing.

Roglič took the overall race lead back with a stellar performance on stage 17 to Lagos de Covadonga and he maintained his lead through the final time trial on stage 21 at Santiago de Compostela.

Stage 21 - Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:44:02
2Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:14
3Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM 0:00:52
4Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:16
5Chad Haga (USA) Team DSM 0:01:43
6Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:49
7Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:52
8Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
9Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:04
10Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:02:06

Final general classification after stage 21
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 83:55:29
2Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:42
3Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 0:07:40
4Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:09:06
5Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious 0:11:33
6Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:13:27
7David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:18:33
8Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma 0:18:55
9Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:20:27
10Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:22:22

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After the shortened 2020 edition, which was only 18 stages because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vuelta a España returns to full strength for 2021 with plenty of mountains, searing heat, potential crosswinds and, new for this year, a return to the a lengthy individual time trial to close out the race.

The race is bookended by a 7km opening time trial in Burgos, concluding with a 31km time trial in Santiago de Compostela three weeks later. In the intervening 19 days, riders will take on a mammoth seven summit finishes with more mountain stages and hilltop finishes, as well a possible six sprint stages.

The steep slopes of Picón Blanco (7.6km at 9.3 per cent) on stage 3 will provide an early GC test following the sprinter's stage 2, though the following two days will give further chances to the fastmen.

Stage 6, to the Alto de la Montaña de Cullera, will provoke more time gaps on the 1.9km wall finish. The next day, the Balcón de Alicante (8.4km at 6.2 per cent) features several kilometres of double-digit gradients as the second summit finish of the race.

A sprint stage to La Manga del Mar Menor, before another tough mountain stage in south-east Spain sees the peloton take on the first-category Alto Collado Venta Luisa and the Alto de Velefique (13.2km at 6.4 per cent). A welcome rest day in Almería follows.

On stage 10, a hilly finish to Rincón de la Victoria could give GC men a chance to ambush late on, with a hilltop finish at Valdepeñas de Jaén – last visited in 2013 – following the next day.

Stage 12 is another hilly day to Cordoba before the sprinters get a pan-flat day on the next stage. Stage 14 sees a return to the mountains and another summit finish at the Pico Villuercas (14.5km at 6.2 per cent) while stage 15 to El Barraco brings another mountain test, though no summit finish ahead of rest day number two.

Stage 16 is another for the sprinters before a brutal visit to the Lagos de Covadonga (12.5km at 6.9 per cent) the following day and a debut for the terrifying Altu d’El Gamoniteiru (14.6km at 8.9 per cent) on stage 18. Two hilly stage follow, including an uphill finish Mos. Castro de Herville on stage 20 before the final hilly time trial to decide the fate of the red jersey.

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The contenders

MADRID SPAIN NOVEMBER 08 Podium Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey Hugh Carthy of The United Kingdom and Team EF Pro Cycling Celebration Trophy Mask Covid safety measures Madrid Town Hall Plaza Cibeles Madrid City during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 18 a 1396km stage from Hipdromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on November 08 2020 in Madrid Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Richard Carapaz, Primoz Roglic and Hugh Carthy on the final podium of the 2020 Vuelta (Image credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Defending champion Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) is back to fight for a third Vuelta title in a row. However, he'll face stiff competition from Giro d'Italia winner Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and recent Vuelta a Burgos winner Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), among others, in the fight for the red jersey.

Roglič will have Jumbo-Visma teammates Sepp Kuss and Steven Kruijswijk beside him in the three-week battle while Bernal will be accompanied by 2020 Vuelta runner-up Richard Carapaz, Adam Yates, Tom Pidcock, and Pavel Sivakov.

Movistar look to have the next-strongest squad. The Spanish team will be led by the triumvirate of Miguel Angel López, Enric Mas and veteran Alejandro Valverde. Landa can rely on Damiano Caruso and Mark Padun at Bahrain Victorious.

Last year's podium finisher Hugh Carthy leads EF Education-Nippo, while Aleksandr Vlasov is back at the head of Astana-Premier Tech.

Elsewhere, watch out for Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (Team DSM), Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), and the retiring Fabio Aru (Qhubeka NextHash).

Vuelta a España most successful riders

  • Delio Rodríguez has won the most Vuelta a España stages with 39 in the 1940s
  • Alejandro Valverde is the most successful active rider with 13 stage wins and one overall victory (2009)
  • Alex Zülle has the most days in the leader's jersey with 48
  • Roberto Heras has the most overall wins with four, one of which he won back in court after being disqualified for doping
  • Vuelta a España 2021 past winners

Vuelta a España 2021 teams

  • AG2R Citroën Team
  • Alpecin-Fenix*
  • Astana-Premier Tech
  • Bahrain Victorious
  • Bora-Hansgrohe
  • Burgos-BH*
  • Caja Rural-Seguros RGA*
  • Cofidis
  • Deceuninck-QuickStep
  • EF Education-Nippo
  • Euskaltel - Euskadi
  • Groupama - FDJ
  • Ineos Grenadiers
  • Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
  • Israel Start-up Nation
  • Lotto Soudal
  • Movistar Team
  • Team BikeExchange
  • Team Jumbo-Visma
  • Qhubeka NextHash
  • Trek-Segafredo
  • UAE-Team Emirates

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