Dani Martínez flew the flag for EF Education First Pro Cycling in the final stage of the Vuelta a España. Although the stage ultimately ended in a bunch sprint in Madrid, Martínez’s ride provided an appropriate conclusion to the three-week race for the American-registered team, which raced with passion and panache for the entirety of the final Grand Tour.
Fabio Jakobsen (Deceunink-QuickStep) took the final stage victory. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) clinched the overall win. Neo-pro and Grand Tour first-timer Sergio Higuita finished 14th on the general classification.
“When I was writing up my performance plan for the race, I thought that was probably the hardest Vuelta we have seen in the last 15 years, and the riders can probably confirm that now,” said sport director Juanma Garate. “They haven’t raced 15 Vueltas, but they all know it was very, very hard. There was not a single day when there was any recovery day or a transitions stage, like the journalists like to call them, where nothing happens. We had rain, wind, crashes, big fights to be in the breakaway, every day since stage one.”
Although the third stage of the Vuelta a España ended in a bunch sprint in…