Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) offers a fist bump to the race director’s car – no doubt an acknowledgement of his very last Vuelta a España
There doesn’t seem to be much urgency following the end of the neutralisation, as Christian Prudhomme takes the time to chat to some of the riders at the front of the peloton.
An image of the jersey holders rolling out of Las Rozas.
90km to go
The flag has dropped and the peloton now rolls through the neutralised start and are on their way to Madrid.
A reminder of the current order at the top of the general classification – Remco Evenepoel now leads Mas by 2:05, and Ayuso by 5:08. Barring disaster, he will roll into Madrid as the race’s first Belgian winner.
Read our complete rundown of the general classification order after stage 20 here.
It’s a sunny morning in Las Rozas, and the peloton appears in jovial spirits for what will predominantly be a processional stage.
🏁 ¡Salida neutralizada de la última etapa! 🏁 Neutralised start of the final stage of #LaVuelta22! ❤️𝑳𝒂𝒔 𝑹𝒐𝒛𝒂𝒔 pic.twitter.com/um5cjgYIRySeptember 11, 2022
We’re 3km from the end of the neutralised zone, and we have a 96.7km roll into Madrid ahead of us.
Earlier today we saw the conclusion of the 2022 Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, where Annemiek van Vleuten took the overall victory.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 21 of the Vuelta a España!