Excitingly, James Piccoli (Madrid) of Montreal’s start-up country crossed the Madrid finish line and ended his first grand tour of his career. He completed the 18th and final stage with his Australian teammate Rory Sutherland, which was the final stage.
Indeed, if the 29-year-old athlete can remember the physical labor and pain in the past three weeks, then the first thing he will remember is the good atmosphere in the team.
Piccoli said: “We not only performed well, but also had a great time.” We are very happy for the past three weeks, and it is really great to be able to complete the style today. “
Piccoli talked about the “very special” arrival in Madrid, where cyclists were welcomed by fewer and fewer spectators due to hygiene measures. Quebec ranked 142nd, 2 minutes and 12 seconds behind the stage champion. Overall, he ranked 125th, more than four hours behind the winner. His leader Irishman Dan Martin (+ 2:43) finally finished fourth. In particular, he won the third stage of this Vuelta competition.
The winner of the 2018 Tour de France claimed to have gained a lot of experience by participating in the successful training of this tour. This physical and psychological hardship will prepare him for his career.
He said frankly: “I have never suffered like last week.” He reached the limit.
“Veteran [Martin, Sutherland et Reto Hollenstein] Give us suggestions every day. They provided some tips, which really helped us to play a role, but also helped us to complete the game mentally. “
Now he will rest in the next few weeks. The first full season of the World Tour, although very special, will meet his expectations.
“I am a super motivating team. The other runners and staff believe in me and try their best to help me. As a cyclist, I want to keep improving. He concluded: “I am happy this year.
Slovenian Primoz Roglic succeeded in his career and won the Spanish Tour for the second time in a row. After being hanged on the last mountain track the day before, he ascended to the highest step of the podium. Ecuadorian Richard Karapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) ranked second overall at 24 seconds. British Hugh Cassie (EF Pro Cycling) took the third step, with a delay of 1:15.
In the Spanish capital on Sunday, the German Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) won the last sprint before the Irish Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step). The final is reminiscent of the ninth stage of the game, when Ackermann won after Bennett was penalized for an irregular sprint. In the last sprint, German Max Kanter (Sunweb) ranked third. The 18th stage started at the Zarzuela Racecourse, which is 140 kilometers long.
Primoz Roglic also completed Vuelta at the top of the points ranking. French Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) won the title of best climber, while Spaniard Enrique Maas (Movistar) ranked first among young people.