Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog!

Here I, Jeroen van Barneveld, will keep you informed about the final stage in the Vuelta a España.

  • LIVE:

  • Eighteenth stage (140 km)

  • Hipódromo de la Zarzuela-Madrid

  • Roglic in a red sweater

  • Finish around 5.30pm

  • Live ticker

Vuelta a España a few seconds ago

Primoz Roglic may not be known as the most colorful rider in the peloton, but the Slovenian leader of Jumbo-Visma cannot escape drinking a glass of champagne on his way to Madrid.

After all, his final victory in the Vuelta a España must be celebrated.

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This is a photo for the Jumbo-Visma headquarters.

Leader Primoz Roglic cheers with his helpers to the upcoming final victory in the Vuelta.

The champagne will therefore taste good.

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108 km to go 

- This is a moment for Jumbo-Visma's scrapbooks.

George Bennett, Robert Gesink, Lennard Hofstede, Sepp Kuss, Paul Martens and Jonas Vingegaard ride ahead of the peloton with the upcoming overall winner Primoz Roglic to be captured.

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Last year, the prestigious sprint win in Madrid went to Fabio Jakobsen.

As is known, the Dutchman will not be there this year, because he is still recovering from a heavy crash in the Tour of Poland.

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109 km to go 

- Normally it rains in the initial phase of a stage in the Vuelta a España, but in this champagne ride to Madrid it will take a while before someone tries his luck.

The riders chatter on the road about little cows and calves and use a recreational pace.

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Chris Froome received a special prize for his overall victory in 2011 before the start of the stage. The Briton then finished second behind Juan José Cobo, but the Spaniard was later bumped into the lamp for doping, after which Froome was declared the winner last year.

Thank you to @lavuelta for giving me the opportunity to celebrate my 2011 win today.

I first learned about it while in ICU in June last year not knowing if I'd ever be able to compete again.


Avatar Author Chris Froome Moment of places 13: 21 - 8 November 2020

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The first of probably many photos to follow today.

Rémi Cavagna (fighting spirit), Guillaume Martin (mountains classification), Primoz Roglic (general classification), Richard Carapaz (points classification) and Enric Mas (youth classification), wrapped in their jerseys, raise their thumbs to the camera.

It should be noted that the green jersey is actually also in the process of Roglic, but that number two Carapaz can wear it during the stage because the Slovenian is already wearing the red jersey.

Finalmente llegamos a Madrid, ¡muchas gracias a todos!

👏😊 We finally made it!

Thumbs up📸: @PhotoGomezSport # LaVuelta20


Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of places 14: 03 - 8 November 2020

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The last stage in the Vuelta is traditionally a prey for the sprinters because of the often flat course, because there is usually a bunch sprint involved in Madrid.

The last time this did not happen was in 2014, when the Vuelta ended with an individual time trial, which was won by Adriano Malori.

Vuelta a España one hour ago

Another 130 km

- While the peloton has set course towards Madrid on a relatively slow trot, it is announced that Rémi Cavagna has been named the most combative rider of this Vuelta.

The Frenchman has been seen in the attack with great regularity in recent weeks.

In stage 16 that almost led to success, but he was eventually caught 2 kilometers before the finish.

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Formolo not started due to child birth

Normally, no more riders get off in the last stage, with the finish in sight.

However, that does not apply to Davide Formolo.

The Italian has left the Vuelta with one more stage to go because his wife is about to give birth.

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Roglic: 'Very special, proud of this team'

As mentioned, Primoz Roglic is going to win his second Vuelta in a row, but the Slovenian finds it difficult to choose which one he likes best.

"It is always a different race, they cannot really be compared. They are both very nice, but also hard-fought. This one is very special, because we also rode the Tour with this team," Roglic said before the start of the stage. .

The classification leader is short of superlatives to thank his teammates from Jumbo-Visma.

"It has been a tough season, but it is nice to end it this way. We have been doing special things all year round, also in this Vuelta. We support each other and drag each other through the difficult moments. very happy and proud to be part of this fantastic team. "

Vuelta a España one hour ago

The wheels are turning, the last stage of this Vuelta is on its way!


👏🏼 A por la etapa 18Stage 18 is underway‼ ️ # LaVuelta20


Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of places 13: 36 - 8 November 2020

Vuelta a España one hour ago

There is the winner of this Tour of Spain: Primoz Roglic.

If the Slovenian just stays on his bike, and that is the expectation, he will take the red jersey home for the second year in a row.


👉🏻 Ready to start @rogla ❤️ # LaVuelta20


Avatar Author La Vuelta Moment of places 13: 31 - 8 November 2020

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Vuelta a España 2 hours ago

This is the top of the general classification:

  • Primoz Roglic - 69.17.59

  • Richard Carapaz + 0.24

  • Hugh Carthy + 0.47

  • Daniel Martin + 2.43

  • Enric Mas + 3.36

  • Wout Poels + 7.16

  • David De La Cruz + 7.35

  • David Gaudu + 7.45

  • Felix Grossschartner + 8.15

  • Alejandro Valverde + 9.34

  • Vuelta a España 2 hours ago

    It's the day of the final stage in the Vuelta a España!

    The riders, with Primoz Roglic in the red leader's jersey, will get on their bikes at 1.30 pm on their way to Madrid.

    🇪🇦 La Vuelta a España (2.UWT) 🚩 Stage 18: Hipódromo de la Zarzuela - Madrid🚴‍♂️ 139.6 km⏰ 13: 30🏁 ~ 17: 15 # ️⃣ # LaVuelta20📺 Sporza & Eurosport


    Avatar Author Team Jumbo-Visma cycling Moment of places 09: 11 - 8 November 2020

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