Vuelta a España in photos: stages 17 to 21

by Matt de Neef

For the third time in his career, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has been crowned the winner of the Vuelta a España. As the curtain closes on the final Grand Tour of the year, be sure to check out the following photos from the last five stages of the Vuelta, courtesy of Jim Fryer and Iri Greco of BrakeThrough Media.

Be sure to check out Jim and Iri’s photos from stages 1 to 3, stages 4 to 6, stages 7 to 9, stages 10 to 12 and stages 13 to 16 of the Vuelta as well.

When stage 17 of the Vuelta began in Ortigueira Alberto Contador was in the red leader’s jersey for the seventh day in a row. He never relinquished the lead through to the end of the race. John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) took his fourth stage win of this year’s race on stage 17 when he won the bunch sprint into A Coruña.

On stage 18 Fabio Aru (Astana) climbed to his second stage win of the race, crossing the line just ahead of Chris Froome (Sky) who moved into second overall.

The following day Australia’s Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) attacked on a short climb just out of the finish in Cangas de Morrazo, holding off the surging peloton to take his second stage victory at a Grand Tour (in his 10th consecutive Grand Tour).

On the penultimate stage Alberto Contador left no doubt in anyone’s mind about who was the strongest rider in the race, climbing to his second stage victory of the race and cementing his overall lead.

And on the final stage Adriano Malori (Movistar) won the 9.7km ITT while Contador did enough to win the race overall by 1:10 ahead of Chris Froome and 1:50 over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Scroll down to see some terrific photos from the final five stages of the race courtesy of BrakeThrough Media. Click through to follow BrakeThrough Media Instagram and Twitter.

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