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Primoz Roglic wins the Vuelta a España as Fabio Jakobsen pips Sam Bennett to nab the final stage, Greg Van Avermaet wins GP de Montreal, Eli Iserbyt and Maghalie Rochette take maiden ‘cross World Cup wins in Iowa, Lisa Brennauer seals the GC title at the Madrid Challenge as Chloe Hosking sprints to victory on stage 2. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Primoz Roglic wins the Vuelta a España as Fabio Jakobsen takes the final stage

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) officially wrapped up his first ever Grand Tour victory on Sunday, finishing safely on the final stage of the 2019 Vuelta a España to cement the overall title.

Stage 21 came down to an expected bunch kick in Madrid, with Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck-Quick-Step pipping Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett to win the sprint and nab his second stage victory of this year’s Vuelta, his first ever Grand Tour appearance. Szymon Sajnok of CCC took third on the stage.

“I didn’t expect to make it to Madrid, to be honest. It’s my first Grand Tour and it was very hard, I suffered a lot,” Jakobsen said. “My first win was a relief, but this one is overwhelming. To make it to Madrid and win here, it takes me over the Moon. It’s like a dream come true. I wasn’t part of the elite before but now I think we can say I’m part of the top 10 sprinters in the world.”

With a healthy margin on his GC rivals, Roglic rolled across the line celebrating with his teammates well behind the sprinters to seal the general classification win, with Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde taking runner-up honors and Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) securing his first career Grand Tour podium in his three-week racing debut.

The Vuelta peloton maintained a leisurely pace for the first half of the 106.6-kilometer final stage from Fuenlabrada before gradually winding up to speed. Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH) and Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) broke away from the pack to spend a lengthy stint off the front on the Madrid circuit before the sprinters’ teams hit the front in the pack.

Everything was back together for the final seven kilometers, with Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Bora-Hansgrohe, Trek-Segafredo, and Astana all well-represented at the head of affairs.

The Trek and Deceuninck trains led into the finale, with Trek’s John Degenkolb and Deceuninck’s Max Richeze putting in the final pulls before the sprint hopefuls launched. Jakobsen hit the front early in the sprint with Bennett still weaving through traffic just behind. As the Irishman accelerated he nearly pulled even with Jakobsen, but the Dutchman held on to take the win.

Fabio Jakobsen wins stage 21 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Dario Beligheri/RB/Cor Vos © 2019

Roglic, who took the red jersey in the stage 10 time trial and held it ever since, rolled across the line a few seconds later, taking Slovenia’s first ever Grand Tour overall title.

Stage 21 results

1 JAKOBSEN Fabio (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 2:48:20
2 BENNETT Sam (BORA – hansgrohe)
3 SAJNOK Szymon (CCC Team)
4 ABERASTURI Jon (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)
5 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Team Dimension Data)
6 THEUNS Edward (Trek – Segafredo)
7 VAN DER SANDE Tosh (Lotto Soudal)
8 VENTURINI Clément (AG2R La Mondiale)
9 SARREAU Marc (Groupama – FDJ)
10 SMITH Dion (Mitchelton-Scott)

Final GC

1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 83:07:31
2 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team) 2:16
3 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 2:38
4 QUINTANA Nairo (Movistar Team) 3:29
5 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team) 4:31
6 MAJKA Rafal (BORA – hansgrohe) 7:16
7 KELDERMAN Wilco (Team Sunweb) 9:47
8 HAGEN Carl Fredrik (Lotto Soudal) 12:54
9 SOLER Marc (Movistar Team) 22:10
10 NIEVE Mikel (Mitchelton-Scott) 22:17

Socially Speaking

This weekend marked the final racing appearances for some big names in the pro peloton.

36-year-old Australian Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data), who established himself as one of cycling’s best lead-out men while working in tandem with Mark Cavendish, rode his final pro race on Saturday at the Tour of Britain. His family was on hand to share the moment.

Mark Cavendish bid his friend and longtime teammate a fond – and cheeky – farewell on Instagram.

Across the pond, 11-time Canadian time trial champ Svein Tuft (Rally UHC) made the final starts of his pro career at the GPs Québec and Montréal with support from his biggest fan.

Knowing Tuft, an avid bike-packer who reportedly once fought off a wolf while riding in backcountry of the Yukon and British Columbia, retirement probably won’t mean any less time spent out in the wilderness.

“I think we move until we die and I hope to keep doing these things that I love until I’m ready to pack ‘er in,” Tuft said in Rally’s announcement of his final race. “Not much is going to change for me but I definitely won’t feel forced to ride six hours in the pissing rain or snow, so that’s kinda nice.”

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Greg Van Avermaet wins GP de Montreal

Three years after winning his first GP de Montreal, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) has again taken victory at the second of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Van Avermaet was part of a drastically reduced peloton at the end of the uphill drag to the line. There he was able to overhaul Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) and hold off Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) to take what is just his third win of the year.

Brennauer wins the Madrid Challenge, Hosking nabs the second and final stage

Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor) finished safely in the peloton on stage 2 of the two-day Madrid Challenge to seal the overall victory after winning Saturday’s time trial. Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) topped Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo) and Roxane Fournier (Movistar) to take the stage 2 victory. The 28-year-old Australian proved fastest in a sprint in Madrid, nabbing an elusive first WorldTour win of her 2019 season.

Chloe Hosking wins stage 2 of the Madrid Challenge. Photo: Dario Beligheri/RB/Cor Vos © 2019

Brennauer stood atop the overall standings with a final margin of 10 seconds to Sunweb’s Lucinda Brand, with Brand’s teammate Pernille Mathiesen rounding out the GC podium in third.

Ten-year-old boy hit by team car during stage 19 of the Vuelta

AS reports that a team car hit a 10-year-old boy near the start of the Vuelta’s 19th stage in Ávila. At this point, little information has been made public. According to AS, he was immediately taken a nearby hospital, but his condition is as of yet unknown.

Also unknown is the involved team. Local police are investigating.

The news comes three weeks after a separate incident during the recon of the opening team time trial at the Vuelta, in which a Euskadi-Murias team car crashed into a wall while rounding a corner.

Iserbyt and Rochette nab World Cup victories in Iowa City

The 2019-2020 UCI Telenet Cyclo-cross World Cup got underway on Saturday at Jingle Cross weekend in Iowa City, where both the men’s and women’s races went to first-time World Cup winners.

21-year-old Belgian Eli Iserbyt, a two-time former under-23 world ‘cross champion, picked up his first elite men’s World Cup victory. Iserbyt dueled with 2018 winner Toon Aerts (Telenet Baloise Lions) until leaving his compatriot behind on the event’s iconic Mount Krumpit climb with three laps to go. He held on solo to take a convincing win 56 seconds ahead of Aerts, with Daan Soete (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) in third.

Maghalie Rochette (Specialized – Feedback Sports) nabbed her own first World Cup win in the women’s race. The 26-year-old Canadian came from behind after crashing early on in the race, and then battled with Katerina Nash (Clif) and Clara Honsinger (S&M) in the closing laps. Rochette made the difference on the run up the Mount Krumpit climb and took the win over Nash by seven seconds, with Honsinger in third 15 seconds back.

The World Cup stays Stateside for one more week, with Waterloo, Wisconsin, hosting round two next weekend.

Burgos-BH rider Jesús Ezquerra proposes during the Vuelta’s final stage

It won’t show up on his palmares, but Jesús Ezquerra of Burgos-BH closed out the Vuelta with a big personal victory. About an hour into the stage, the 28-year-old Spaniard produced a ring from his jersey pocket and proposed to his girlfriend, who was riding in the team car.

Feature Image: Primoz Roglic atop the final podium at the Vuelta a España. Photo: Luis Angel Gomez/Cor Vos © 2019

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