Post race analysis — Vuelta a España

Post race analysis — Vuelta a España”

Nibali remained in second overall, 36 seconds clear of Team Katusha Alpecin's Ilnur Zakarin, who went on to take his first grand tour podium.

Chris Froome on Sunday hailed his greatest sporting achievement after becoming just the third rider in history to win the Vuelta a Espana and the Tour de France in the same year.

Trentin claimed his fourth stage win of the race on the sprint to the finish line after a 117.6km ride from Arroyomolinos to Madrid, ending in a nine-lap circuit through the centre of the Spanish capital.

Speaking earlier, on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek, he said: "A fifth Tour de France title will take my aim but it's early days and I'll wait to see what the Giro, Tour and Vuelta courses look like next year and sit down with my team to draw up the goals".

"It has been an incredible day, a beautiful Vuelta", said the Spaniard.

The Team Sky captain paraded into Madrid on Sunday, celebrating finally clinching the win in the Tour of Spain after previously coming second three times. He is also regularly pressed on other issues, such as his relationship with the controversial coach Jama Aden and the leak by the Russian hackers, Fancy Bears, which suggested that at least one expert in 2015 thought he was "likely doping" based on his athlete biological passport, a verdict which was reversed six months later.

However, he was denied the green jersey for the points classification by an insatiable Froome, who sprinted to maintain his lead by finishing 11th on the stage. "It's an amazing way for him to finish his career with such a big victory like that, so congratulations to him". Most impressively, between July 2007 and May 2011 he won six consecutive Grand Tours that he started, though that figure would be redrawn to four consecutive Grand Tour wins after his positive test for Clenbuterol and subsequent suspension.

And 62-year-old Bernard Hinault, one of only six riders in history to win the Vuelta, the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, sees no reason why Froome cannot attempt to win all three Tours in the same year.

Froome led the race from stage three to stage 21, finishing with 2-15 minutes over second place Nibali.

The delighted Tour de France winner tweeted a photograph of himself eating pizza minutes after the finish with the caption: "Job done!".

Quick Step had three different riders who won four or more stages in each of the 2017 Grand Tours.

Maindy Flyers head coach, Alan Davis, said: "The growth of cycling here has been enormous".

His Tour win was a less spectacular one as he failed to win a stage in seeing off Rigoberto Uran by just 54 seconds for the yellow jersey.

"It was a brutal stage with really quite horrific weather conditions as well and dangerous descents so, right up until the last stage, last night, it was not over".

Michael Woods just achieved the best Vuelta GC result ever for a Canadian. It was perfect for me.

"It's been a whirlwind past three months and so many people have contributed".

Team-mate David Lopez later revealed how hungry Froome had been to add the title to his list of honours.

Asked if Froome was one of the all-time greats, Brailsford said: "Without a doubt". Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo were the others.

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