Vuelta a España #21: Three warriors finish in Madrid

This Sunday evening, Vuelta a España concluded with a sprint parade in Madrid. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s three remaining riders all got safely through the day to finish off three challenging weeks in Spain.

As tradition dictates, the final stage of the race was a day for celebration. Especially this year, as Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) said farewell to the peloton on his last day of racing. The Spaniard got to cross the finishing line first as the peloton entered Madrid and soon after, the first attacks started to come. Several riders tried to get away on the laps in the Spanish capital but the teams of the sprinters had no problems controlling the breaks. Ultimately, Matteo Trentin (Quick Step Floors) took the win, while Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished 11th on the day to keep the red leader’s jersey and win the race overall.

For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, this year’s Vuelta a España has been a difficult race, losing no less than six riders to sickness and crashes. However, throughout the three weeks, the riders have shown impressive tenacity and courage gunning for victories on multiple occasions. Merhawi Kudus climbed to second place on stage five, while Serge Pauwels was fourth on stage eight. Later on, Jacques Janse van Rensburg did well to take fourth place on stage 10 before Omar Fraile came close to winning as he finished second on stage 12, giving the team five Top5 results.

In the general classification, Igor Antón finished in 35th place, while Janse van Rensburg was 82nd and Lachlan Morton 90th in his debut grand tour.

Alex Sans Vega – sports director:
“We came into this Vuelta with great expectations. We started out with a strong group of riders and a very favorable course. It’s a shame we got hit by that wave of illness because we proved, in the first part of the race, that we were more than ready with several big results. From then on, it became a fight to finish. I want congratulate the remaining riders for the amazing fighting spirit they have shown all the way towards the end. It wasn’t easy but we all, both riders and staff, stuck together and did our best to get through this”.