Vuelta stage 21: Groves wins in spectacular finale as Kuss wraps up overall victory

Sepp Kuss seals overall Vuelta title in Jumbo-Visma 1-2-3 with Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič, completing the 2023 Grand Tour trilogy.

Primož Roglič, Vuelta champion Sepp Kuss and Jonas Vingegaard celebrate Jumbo-Visma 1-2-3 at the 2023 Vuelta a España. Photo: © Cor Vos

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by Kit Nicholson 17.09.2023 Photography by
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Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) was the favourite to win stage 21 of the Vuelta, and the green jersey-wearer delivered, but the manner of doing so was far from expected. Mindful of attacking on the finishing laps, the Australian was quick to follow Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) when he accelerated 38 km out, and the pair got themselves into a formidable six-rider breakaway. The peloton had a hard time chasing on the technical circuit, only tagging the tail of the lead group inside the last kilometre, but the attackers were still not done, and Evenepoel led Groves out to a spectacular third stage win at the race.

Shortly after the winner crossed the line, Jumbo-Visma rolled over as one to celebrate the overall win of Sepp Kuss ahead of Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič in a historic team 1-2-3.

Kaden Groves wins ahead of Filippo Ganna and Nico Denz, all three from the breakaway that was caught a few hundred metres from the line.
Not a bad lead-out from the polka-dot jersey.

Stage results:



Brief analysis

Some textbook sandbagging in the peloton, the gap hovering at about 20 seconds.

Quote of the day

“It’s incredible. I think today was the stage I suffered the most of the whole race, so now I’m just glad it’s over!”

Kuss basking in Vuelta victory after stage 21

Social media highlights

History made.

It’s been quite the ride for Jumbo-Visma …

… which capped off the 2023 Vuelta, and with it a history-making Grand Tour season, with a commemorative kit that highlights all three victories, modelled here by Jan “Blue Steel” Tratnik.

Someone else who pulled out all the stops – or had them pulled out for him – was Remco Evenepoel, for whom Specialized produced a polka-dot S-Works Tarmac, and let’s not dwell too long on that Vuelta-issued skinsuit.

Speaking of Remco: Yes, Soudal Quick-Step admin, we are.

The 2023 Vuelta stayed in character with a thrilling and frantic finale, the peloton forced to chase an extraordinarily strong breakaway in the tricky closing laps.

And it all ended in the polka-dot jersey leading out green: the perfect ending to a brilliant final stage.

Last words for GC Kuss.

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