Magnus Cort Nielsen (Education First) dedicated to his team the third victory in this edition in a disputed sprint in which he prevailed ahead of the leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), skilled at catching 6 bonus seconds that allowed him to distance his direct rivals a little further on the eve of La Covatilla, scene of the last battle for the red and for the podium.

Cort Nielsen initialed his third victory in the Vuelta with authority, in a sprint without the great specialists that ended the sixteenth stage between Salamanca and Ciudad Rodrígo, with a route of 162 kilometers. The Danish cyclist, with a time of 04:35, was ahead of Roglic and the Portuguese Rui Costa. He got into the “ointment” Alejandro Valverde, but the Murcian could only be fifth.

It was not a transitional stage for Roglic, who won 6 unexpected very desirable seconds before the decisive stage this Saturday in La Covtilla, where his rivals, away in 6 seconds more, will have to burn the ships if they want to prevent the Slovenian from repeating his victory in the Vuelta.

Roglic, prepared for the brawl in the Salamanca mountain, will face the challenge with 45 seconds over Richard Carapaz, 53 with the British Hugh Carthy, 1.48 minutes over the Irishman Dan Martin and 3.29 compared to the Spanish Enric Mas.