Michael Matthews of Orica-GreenEdge has won his second stage of the 2013 Vuelta, taking the 21st and final stage in a hard fought sprint in Madrid ahead of Garmin-Sharp's Tyler Farrar, with Nikias Arndt of Argos Shimano third. RadioShack-Leopard's Chris Horner has been confirmed as the overall winner of the 68th edition of the race, making him the oldest man, at 41 years, to win one of cycling's Grand Tours.
Alessandro Vanotti of Astana and Caja Rural's Francisco Aramendia had got off the front of the peloton as it hit the closing circuit in Madrid, and remained out in front until the closing lap. NetApp-Endura's Zak Dempster put in an attack with a little more than 2km remaining but it was always doomed to failure as the sprinters' leadout men jostled for position ahead of the final sprint.
Result and reaction to follow
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.