UAE Team Emirates (Spain) - Press Release: After three weeks of high emotion UAE Team Emirates and 19 year-old Juan Ayuso finally were allowed to celebrate as the curtain came down on an intense but successful month of racing.
The final stage to Madrid ended in style with Sebastian Molano proving the strongest of all having being delivered to the line perfectly, with Pascal Ackermann following close in his wheel for 3rd place. The win marks Molano’s first at World Tour level and the 41st victory of the year for UAE Team Emirates.
Ayuso, in his debut Grand Tour, took 3rd place overall on the podium behind his compatriot Enric Mas (Movistar) and overall race winner Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl). In the process he comes the youngest ever podium finisher at La Vuelta España and the second ever youngest podium finisher in the history of any Grand Tour.
The success of Ayuso was complimented by the strength of his team : Joao Almeida fought to 5th place in the final classification, underlining his Grand Tour pedigree.
Marc Soler revived the good times for Spanish cycling with an unforgettable solo victory on Stage 5 into Bilbao. The ever-present Catalan stood on the podium in Madrid for the most combative rider prize.
The whole team would then make the journey to the podium as the winners of the Team Classification : a welcome celebration for the work done throughout the race.
Results 21st stage:
1. Sebastian Molano (UAE Team EMirates) 2:26:36
2. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) s.t
3. Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) s.t
General classification after the 21st stage:
1. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 80:26:59
2. Enric Mas (Movistar) +2’02”
3. Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) +4’57”
5. Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) +7’24”
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