This Sunday, the twenty-first, is the last stage of Vuelta 2022the traditional walk through Madrid in honor of the winnerin this edition the Belgian Remco Evenepoel, and the rest of the pack that has completed a race that will close with 96.7 kilometers between Las Rozas and Plaza de Cibeles, in Madrid capital.
As always, in Madrid a sprint is expected and the maximum favorite is the Danish Mads Pedersenthe great sprinter of the three long weeks of racing.
Pedersen arrives at his last appointment with the triumph with the coffers full, three stage victories and the green jersey of winner of the Regularity assured. Plus three second places. Two behind Sam Bennett and one behind Primoz Roglic.
It is not clear who could put him in trouble tomorrow, although the Belgian champion Tim Merlier and the German Pascal Ackermann continue in the race, two famous finishers but with no chance of victory throughout the race. On Friday, in Talavera de la Reina, the British Fred Wright rushed a goal in the last meters to the green jersey without many more sprinters in the group that came ahead.
For the technical director of the race, Fernando Escartín, this last stage “is a day to smile and celebrate”.
“The Vuelta returns to Madrid. In route it is known, a walk through the main arteries of the capital that the platoon enjoys as a prize in itself. A day to smile and celebrate. In sports, predictable arrival at the sprint and glory to the winner of La Vuelta 2022″, highlighted the former Spanish rider.
21st, and last, stage: Las Rozas-Madrid
Length: 96,7 Kms.
Departure time: 17.10 hours.
Estimated arrival time: 20:00 hours.
Average: 38 km/h.
Bonus Sprint: Second step per goal/km.46.4
No high scorers.