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Mitchelton-Scott’s transformation is complete. The Australian team entered the sport with a focus on stage victories and one-day races before later declaring its intent to focus on GC at the Grand Tours. After a handful of near-misses in recent years — podiums at the Giro and Vuelta, and another four top-10s — the Aussie men’s outfit has its first Grand Tour victory, courtesy of Simon Yates.
Yates looked set to win the Giro d’Italia earlier this year before blowing up with just days remaining. There was no such implosion for the 26-year-old at the Vuelta a España. Yates went on to win the race by nearly two minutes, ensuring Great Britain would win all three Grand Tours this season, and all with different riders.
Of course, there was more to this year’s Vuelta than just Yates’ victory. There was Elia Viviani’s domination of the sprints, Ben King’s great stage wins, and the evergreen Alejandro Valverde. And then there was 23-year-old Enric Mas who confirmed his vast potential by winning a stage and finishing second overall. And let’s not forget that 24-year-old Miguel Angel Lopez snagged his second Grand Tour podium for the year by finishing third.
The photo gallery you see below tells the story of the final week of the 2018 Vuelta a España, stages 16 to 21. Follow the links for galleries from week 1 (stage 1 to 9) and week 2 (stages 10 to 15).