Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education First) sprinted to the Vuelta a Espana stage 16 victory, winning from a reduced group in Ciudad Rodrigo.
Stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana saw a nervy bunch take to the start, as crosswinds seemed to be on everyone’s mind today. However, the wind never really picked up enough to affect the racing as expected and 6 riders would form the break of the day.
It was more the mid stage climbs, and their technical descents that began to whittle down the peloton. In the end, it was a reduced peloton of 50 odd riders versus the final lone escapee of Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quickstep) for the last 20km of the stage.
NTT Pro Cycling had both Michael Valgren and Gino Mader as part of the reduced main group, as Movistar chased down Cavagna. The catch was made in the final 3km and sprint finish followed.
Valgren was in the mix during the finale, and crossed the line in 9th place. Our Dane was later promoted to 8th on the stage, as Rui Costa (UAE Emirates) was relegated for an irregular sprint.
Mader was 19th on the stage while our remaining riders also all made it home safely, ahead of the final weekend of racing.