Vuelta a España 2022 standings: Who finished where after stage 21?

Remco Evenepoel becomes Belgium's first Grand Tour win in more than four decades

Remco Evenepoel (Quickstep-Alpha Vinyl) celebrates victory in the 2022 Vuelta a España
Remco Evenepoel (Quickstep-Alpha Vinyl) celebrates victory in the 2022 Vuelta a España
(Image credit: Oscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty)

Remco Evenepoel (Quick Step-AlphaVinyl) was confirmed as Belgium's first grand tour winner since 1978 with victory at the Vuelta a España on Sunday. The 22 year-old finished 40th in the final stage in Madrid, 11 seconds behind winner Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates).

Molano's victory came almost by mistake, the Colombian leading out his leader Pascal Ackermann who was unable to come round and eventually finished third, with green points classification winner Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) finishing second after a stunning Vuelta which saw him take three stages.

The 21st and final stage began in typically passive fashion, the riders taking the first 50km easy. Once they reached Madrid, and nine laps of the 5.8km circuit, Luke Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers) and Julius Johansen (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) got away.

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Rob has been Content Director of Cycling Weekly - and stablemates Bikeperfect, and MBR - since May 2021. Before that he spent two years in similar role at Bikeradar, which followed 12-years as Editor-in-chief of Cycling Plus magazine and eight years at Runner's World. In his time as a cycling journalist he's ridden from London to Paris at least twice, London to Bristol once, completed the Fred Whitton Challenge, L'Etape du Tour and Maratona dles Dolomites. He's also jumped into the broom-wagon at La Marmotte and Oetzaler Radmarathon.

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