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The final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a España, has come to a close. As expected, pre-race favourite Chris Froome (Sky) came out on top, becoming the first rider to win the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in the same season since Bernard Hinault in 1978.
In what was arguably the hardest Grand Tour of the year, Froome saw off the challenge of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) to win by a comfortable margin of just over two minutes. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) rounded out the hotly contested podium, edging out Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and crowd favourite Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).
The Vuelta was the final race of Contador’s career, and in the final week the Spaniard was at his aggressive best. He was on the attack on seemingly every stage, showing the same tenacity that helped him to victory in seven Grand Tours. He capped it all off with a storybook victory on top of the Alto de L’Angliru on stage 20.
While the Vuelta may not have been the major general classification battle we were hoping for, it was still a fascinating Grand Tour with multiple stage winners and plenty of action every day. In the end, the strongest rider with the best team came out on top.
Enjoy our gallery of selected images from the last week of the season’s final Grand Tour.